The 2013 Syracuse Orange basketball team is due to play an epic-ly, horrible game. A game on par with their 39-point performance against Georgetown. A performance just as bad as their second-half tire fire against Louisville in the Big East Championship.
If this Syracuse team continues to play basketball games long enough, it will happen. So the question is, with four games left in a possible National Championship run, can they hold off their terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad day until game five?
The takeaway from the Cal win is that the game was ugly. Very ugly. Your Mother Who Is A Hoya ugly. And yet, it wasn't the aforementioned type of massacre. Syracuse won. They were far from terrible but they weren't exactly the world-killer we saw against Montana.
Still, they won. And given everything we've seen this season from SU, a win is a win is a win is a win. So as long as they play well enough to win every basketball game as it comes, there's no reason to complain.
All we can really do at this points is hope or pray or wish that James Southerland doesn't immediately go ice cold out of nowhere. And that Brandon Triche doesn't turn into Freshman Scoop Jardine. And that Michael Carter-Williams doesn't decide to try and score forty. And Baye Matrix Keita goes back to being Baye Moussa Keita. And Trevor Cooney is forced to play extensive minutes.
The odds may not favor Syracuse to hoist a trophy two weeks from today, but who care about odds anymore? What were the odds FGCU would still be dancing either? The Orange have a shot at doing something special, let's just hope their demons stay buried for four more games.
Title H/T: Benjamin A.