Mar 22, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Syracuse Orange fans Mike Moe (right) and Chad Costa (left) pose for a photo before the east region of the 2012 NCAA men's basketball tournament against the Wisconsin Badgers at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE
Go ahead and book your flights now. The Syracuse Orange are a 3-seed in the 2013 NCAA Tournament and chances are that's going to stand.
Joe Lunardi has released his way-too-early brackets and he has the Brandon Triche-led Orange taking on Robert Morris in a 3 vs. 14 matchup in the Midwest Region.
Obviously, this is all nonsense, but it doesn't give us some early thoughts on where we want SU to end up come tournament time.
Lunardi has the Orange opening the tournament in Philadelphia, where some of SU's recent and current players may have hailed from. I'm not sure. That might be a good starting point for us.
Ideally, the Orange would want to be in the East Region (duh) where if they advance to the 2nd weekend, they'd head to...well...we're not sure yet. While it hasn't been decided on yet, smart money is on the East Regional taking place in or around New York City. Madison Square Garden, Barclays Center and the Prudential Center have all been considered the favorites.
The Carrier Dome has been named as a potential site as well, which would mean the Orange can't be placed in the East Region.
However, an opening round in Philadelphia and a regional round in NYC? Syracuse can't ask for a better draw than that.
Of course, this year was a good reminder that location ultimately matters more to the fans than to what happens on the court. The Pittsburgh crowd was openly rooting against us against UNC-Asheville and the team from Ohio emerged in Boston.
The other regionals will be Indianapolis, Arlington and Los Angeles. The Final Four will take place in Atlanta.