Ask A Bracketologist: Syracuse Orange Edition

Feb 25, 2012; Storrs, CT, USA; Syracuse Orange head coach Jim Boeheim watches from the sideline in the first half as they take on the Connecticut Huskies at Gampel Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-US PRESSWIRE

Over the last 4 years, Shawn Siegel is the #1 ranked Bracketologist according to the Bracket Project. This ranking includes the likes of Joe Lunardi, Gary Parrish, Jerry Palm, and Andy Glockner...none of whom come close.

Siegel currently has the Orange as a one-seed and the No. 2 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. I had a couple questions for him to see if what we think of the team matches what NCAA Tourney experts might be thinking:

At this point, if Syracuse lost to Louisville and lost in the first round of the BET, could they lose the 1-seed?

Its hard to imagine a scenario in which Syracuse doesn't get a #1 seed, but its not impossible. Besides losing twice, teams like Kansas, Michigan St, and North Carolina would have to roll through their conference tournaments. If Syracuse beats Louisville, they'll be a #1 regardless of what happens in NYC.

What criteria did you use to place Kentucky as the No. 1 overall seed and Syracuse No. 2?

Kentucky has a few things going for it compared to Syracuse. The biggest thing is the commanding lead in both polls.. the committee won't stray too far from the polls for the top seeds. And although Syracuse has the #1 RPI, they'll focus on UK's wins against Top 10 Kansas and North Carolina in non-conference play.

What possible No. 2/3 seeds do you think would present the biggest threat to the Orange?

North Carolina is by far the scariest 2 seed to me. The Heels only lost by a point at Kentucky and don't have a bad loss on their resume. They're one of the few teams that can match Syracuse's athleticism.

Keep an eye on College Hoops Net and follow Shawn on Twitter for more on the brackets as we get closer to tourney time.

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