We beat them in football... that alone should disqualify Notre Dame from the NCAA BASKETBALL tournament. But, I shall digress and make actual sense instead of spouting off sarchastically.
All I heard tonight during the Nova/ND game was how ND was still alive (before they lost by 17 at home). And to be honest, after sitting through the past two years of what Syracuse has been through, it pissed me off.
-2 years ago Syracuse gets 10 wins in the Big East, 22 overall, and they miss the tournament.
-Last year Syracuse gets 9 Big East wins to go .500 in the conference and they're left out.
But somehow, someway, Notre Dame has very similar credentials (before tonights game) and are somehow still alive? Now, I understand this is a different year with a weaker bubble, and that Syracuse last year was still "on the bubble" until they lost to Nova in the BE tournament, but COME ON?! Sportscenter made a big deal today about Notre Dame playing 12 ranked opponents this year and that being the most in the school's history since the late 70s....
OK... what Big East team hasn't played about 10 ranked opponents this year? Syracuse, by the end of Saturday afternoon will have played 11 (Florida, Kansas, @Memphis, @Nova, Nova, @Georgetown, @UConn, @Pitt, @Marquette, Louisville, and Notre Dame).
I just don't get it sometimes. Different year, different circumstances, maybe.
I'm not a REAL big "I support the Big East because Syracuse is in it" kind of guy, i guess. I do it and I get why people are like that, and I defend the Big East with all my heart. Its (by far) the best basketball conference in America. But, I like seeing other Big East teams suffer from time to time. And this year, especially after the past two years of being an Orange fan... I won't feel sorry for PC or Cincy or ND or (ESPECIALLY) G'town if they are left out.... not one bit.... at all.