Syracuse Basketball Clinches No. 1 Seed In Big East Tournament

Feb 22, 2012; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Dion Waiters (3) drives the ball against South Florida Bulls guard Jawanza Poland (5) during the second half of a game at the Carrier Dome. Syracuse won the game 56-48. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-US PRESSWIRE

Thanks to the St. John's Red Storm, who defeated the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 61-58 on Saturday, the Syracuse Orange have clinched the No, 1 overall seed in the Big East Tournament.

The Orange will play their first game of the tournament on Thursday, March 8th at Noon EST. As of right now, they are slated to likely play the winner of Seton Hall vs. UConn, though much can change between now and the end of the regular season.

The Orange can still tie with the Marquette Golden Eagles for the Big East regular season title, but the Eagles would lose the head-to-head tiebreaker to the Orange, who defeated them 73-66.

It's one of those things that's a nice pat on the behind but not much else. Being a one-seed in the Big East Tourney guarantees nothing (remember 2010?), and teams with a double-bye in the BET don't seem to have a historical advantage.

Still, it's good to be the king.

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