After some initial trepidations about the fact that we are likely to play a team from Ohio in the "third" round of the NCAA Tournament in Cleveland, reader JoeFieldsEra did some good detective work to show us just how not-far The Mistake is from Salt City.
Syracuse to Cleveland: 334 miles, 5 hours, 44 mins (according to Google Maps)
Xavier to Cleveland: 246 miles; 4 hours, 19 mins
Marquette to Cleveland: 435 miles; 7 hours, 46 mins
Indiana St to Cleveland: 394 miles; 6 hours, 51 mins
In case you're wondering, Atlantic City is 315 miles from Syracuse. And as we all know, when Syracuse played in Atlantic City it was as good as a home game. I can't imagine an extra 15 miles changes things.
So, guess what everyone??? CLEVELAND IS A HOME GAME!!!! Get ready to update the map.
In fact, Cleveland is only about 80 miles farther than Philadelphia and 60 miles farther than Storrs, By all accounts, I fully expect Andy Katz, Dick Vitale and the rest of the ESPN crew to say they can't believe Syracuse hasn't left the NY/NJ/Ohio area since March began.