Have you procrastinated putting together a bracket ever since Tuesday's announcement that Fab Melo won't be joining the tournament? Melo isn't the whole team, but his lack of presence actually made me use my brain and read things about teams since it no longer felt like a sure thing, so I ended up spending all of last night going over my bracket in all of my pools. I've even done a few this morning before work. So if you're anything like me and have procrastinated, here are a few of the Orange-friendly pools that you can still join in before 12pm EST today.
The 2012 TNIAAM NCAA Tournament Pick 'Em
Orange:44 2012 NCAA Tournament Challenge
Keep in mind Syracuse plays at 3:10pm EST today from Pittsburgh, PA (and you'll be able to watch from any bar not only in New York City, but across the nation, but Stout, Duke's, Village Pourhouse, and East End Bar & Grill are your Syracuse hotspots). Also, here was this fun stat from @AnishESPN about 'Cuse without Melo this season, in case you're still wanting to Orange to make a deep run in the tounrnament:
@AnishESPN: Without Melo this season - #Cuse averaged 15.7 less PPG, shot 4.8% worse from field, and were -11.0 on the glass (comp with -0.4 w/ him)
Take from that what you will, but after this season I can't pick against this team. If that means I tear up my bracket after the 2nd round? So be it.