Ah, Tournament Time. Like a temptress emerging from the woods in the dead of night wearing only a thin, almost see-through nightgown, you demand our attention so very much. And as the 23-8 (11-7) Syracuse Orange await their BET opponent, it's always fun and maddening to abandon patience and take a look at the possibilities ahead in terms of NCAA Tournament seeding.
The Orange are right on the edge between a 5-seed and a 6-seed (imo) right now, because:
- 11-7 Big East record.
- RPI: 17
- Marquee wins over #5 Memphis, #9 Kansas, #13 Marquette and #18 Florida.
- 0-5 vs the Big East top four teams (UConn, L'ville, Pitt, Villanova)
- That 3-7 stretch when we ran through the gauntlet is what they're going to key-in on.
But we're still a long way from knowing exactly where we'll line up next week in the NCAAs. Looking at this week, however, we can get a pretty decent idea.
IF SYRACUSE LOSES IN THE 2ND ROUND OF THE BIG EAST TOURNAMENT
We're a 6-seed. That'll do it.
IF SYRACUSE DEFEATS USF/SETON HALL BUT LOSES TO UCONN IN THE THIRD ROUND OF THE BET:
We are probably still a 6-seed. 24-9 sounds like a six seed to me.
IF SYRACUSE DEFEATS USF/SH, DEFEATS UCONN BUT LOSES IN THE BET SEMIS:
5-seed. Beating a Top Ten team in the BET is no small feat and we would be rewarded for such. Plus, that would put us at the 25-win mark.
IF SYRACUSE WINS THREE GAMES IN THE BET BUT LOSES IN THE BET CHAMPIONSHIP:
I think this might push us to 4-seed. It means we will have beaten UConn AND probably Pittsburgh. Two wins over two Top Ten teams in as many days? That's chutzpah, baby.
IF SYRACUSE WINS THE BIG EAST TOURNAMENT:
I keep going back and forth on this but I think at the end of the day this would push us to 3-seed. Means we probably just beat three Top Ten teams in three days, 27 wins overall and the champion of the best conference in the nation. As much as it sounds weird for an 8-loss team to be a 3-seed, I just have to think we would be rewarded for it. Especially since we would have canceled out so many of those "marquee losses."