If you take stock in to Bracketology, Joe Lunardi currently has Syracuse as a 4 seed in the south region. But since his guess is as good as mine when predicting the NCAA Tournament, I’m going to give scenarios for the rest of the regular season, and how I think it will affect the Orange’s seeding for March Madness.
The biggest problem that Coach Jim Boeheim has with this squad is that there isn’t just one big problem that can be addressed and worked on in practice. Every game seems to bring about a different Achilles heel that has led to defeat.
Syracuse’s attendance at the Carrier Dome is off slightly from the 2011-12 season. Last year, the Orange drew 23,618 fans on average, while this year the number is down to 21,870, a figure that still leads the Big East.
The Orange, WNIT-bound after each of the last four seasons, face a difficult finish to their year, closing with home games against Villanova on Saturday (3 p.m.) and No. 16 Louisville on Monday (9 p.m.)
"We knew the end of the year would be difficult,’’ Boeheim said. "This is the toughest stretch of the year. We had another tough stretch early, but this is a tough stretch. We expected this to be difficult.’’
Syracuse basketball writer Mike Waters talked with Gomez & Dave of Syracuse radio station TK99 before Saturday's game against Louisville.
"I just think we lost our composure at the end," Fair said at practice Thursday. "I think that’s what kind of hurts us late in games sometimes. If we go down four or five points with a few minutes left, there is still enough time to come back. We just have to take our time with that."
The team would hardly have been able to run an offense without Peyton Siva being the ultimate game-handler, but then again, Russ Smith is automatic offense having practically carried the team by himself at some points of the season. The MVP would have to go to one of those three for the regular season, but there is still too much time to tell who will ultimately prove most valuable.
The panic that Syracuse is suddenly not capable of beating elite teams is an overreaction. This is a particularly difficult stretch in the Orange’s season where four of its final five games are against ranked teams, including two (Louisville and Georgetown) in the top 10.
According to sneakernews.com, the new version of the kicks may soon be available to the general public. It looks like a must-have for Orange fans.
Eamonn Brennan previews Saturday's matchup between No. 10 Louisville and No. 12 Syracuse.
Syracuse softball (4-5) will hit the road again this weekend for another set of tough tests, traveling to Orlando, Fla. to compete in the ESPN Rise Citrus Classic. The tournament is another familiar place for the Orange, as SU picked up a trio of wins against teams ranked in the top 25, going 4-1 in last year's outing at the Citrus Classic.
The beauty of basketball is that you need only five guys to play. If one of them happens to be a transcendent superstar, then you could very easily have a champion. That was Syracuse in 2003. There were good players on that team -- Hakim Warrick, Kueth Duany and Gerry McNamara -- but there was one great one. Carmelo Anthony is what turned a decent Orange team into the one standing tall at the end. Syracuse, as is always the case, played good defense. Warrick's length, after all, proved to be the difference-maker in the national title game. But really this team was about Melo, one player turning one team into a champion.
Jeff Goodman talks about Boeheim and Pulitzers...