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Sunday Bracketology Update: Syracuse's NCAA Tournament Chances Not Dead Yet

A few bracketologists have upgraded the Orange over the last day and think SU could play in the play-in game vs. a familiar opponent.

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The Syracuse Orange season concluded on Wednesday but there's been a flurry movement up and down the bubble for them ever since. With all the upsets and other bubble team victories, one got the sense that SU's chances were slipping away.

As Selection Sunday arrives, it's true that Syracuse's chances aren't very good. But, at least according to some bracketologists, they're still not out of it yet.

SBNation's Chris Dobbertean actually put the Orange back in his bracket today. SU would be an 11-seed playing 11-seed Michigan in the play-in game.

I've swapped out the Monmouth Hawks with the Syracuse Orange. Yes, the Orange still have that ugly loss to the St. John's Red Storm, and they finished poorly. However, that defeat (and those to Georgetown and Clemson) did come during Jim Boeheim's suspension. If the Selection Committee considers his absence (and this is important) without discussing the reason behind it, the Orange should get a nice boost. Otherwise, Syracuse might just be receiving extra punishment.

Jerry Palm at CBS Sports has upgraded Syracuse to an 11-seed as well, also playing Michigan in the play-in game. If nothing else, that's the kind of play-in game the NCAA Tournament has been hoping for so maybe that'll help it along.

Fox Sports' Stewart Mandel has remained bullish on the Orange the whole time and his final bracket has SU as a 10-seed playing 7-seed Oregon State. He admits that SU isn't exactly a safe pick.

I'm also taking a risk on Syracuse, which has an inordinately low RPI rating (70th) but boasts wins over Duke, Texas A&M and Notre Dame.

Meanwhile, ESPN's Joe Lunardi still has the Orange out and Shelby Mast at USA Today has SU as his very first team out.

So as usual, lots of varying opinions and it's hard to tell which one is closest to the truth. The committee themselves probably still don't know themselves. We'll find out soon enough.