Tell that to the 2006-2007 Syracuse basketball team. That team finished the regular season 21-9 and 10-6 in the Big East. Not the greatest record we've ever seen, but, certainly seemed like enough to guarantee an NCAA bid. They then won one BET game before losing the second one. Not special, but, again, at 22-10, the Orange seemed guaranteed for an NCAA berth.
And then, they didn't.
You could make a case. You could make a case that the team peaked in November and doesn't have many resume wins since. You could make a case that losses to St. John's and Georgetown are unforgivable. You could make a case that the Orange only went 2-5 against the top ACC squads and racked up wins over teams they're supposed to beat.
Not that I'm saying the Orange don't deserve a spot. I think they've worked their way back into the mix. But even with a win over FSU, there's still the business of the ACC Tournament. And that doesn't even get into bubble-busters who win conference tournaments and other teams with similar resumes who make a run late.
If you asked me to place a bet right now, I'd say barring a loss on Saturday and a loss in the first game of the ACCT, the Orange will be in. But if you need a guarantee, I'm not going to give you that. I know better.