"Syracuse doesn't play anyone."
"Syracuse's schedule is weak!"
"Syracuse hasn't been tested."
Whatever your (not you, but you-know-who) complaint has been about Syracuse Orange basketball this season on their march to 23-1, it's that time of the year when we all sit down and watch them prove beyond a shadow of a doubt whether or not they are among the best team's in the nation.
Wednesday, February 8th - No. 14 Georgetown Hoyas
Saturday, February 11th - Connecticut Huskies
Monday, February 13th - at Louisville Cardinals
Of course, only one of those three teams are ranked but that's a deceiving stat. The Hoyas are probably the biggest threat left to unseat the Orange atop the Big East, oh and they're the Hoyas to boot. The Huskies seem to fluctuate between being so-so and being amazing and it's unclear how they'll react to not having Calhoun on the sidelines against us. And of course, I don't need to tell Syracuse fans about the horror show that playing Louisville on the road has been for us.
How the Orange emerge from this stretch will have a large impact in how they're viewed nationally.
Andrew Pregler breaks down what the Orange will have to do in each game in order to win. Come out of the next seven days with three wins and any remaining doubters will have to shut up...at least for a while. Win two and meet the expectations of most. Win less than that and Syracuse will be exposed to all that fun we spent November and December trying to rise above.