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CBS Sports gives St. Bonaventure, St. John’s advantage in New York over Syracuse

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State rankings are pointless, but it’s worth a quick look/discussion.

NCAA Basketball: George Washington at St. Bonaventure Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

As mentioned last week, CBS Sports isn’t too high on the Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team this season, ranking them No. 87 in the country. That’s fine, obviously, especially since all that matters is whether or not you assemble a resume worth of an NCAA Tournament invite.

Another sub-conversation that CBS took on this week was the state-by-state program rankings (pulling from Matt Norlander’s No. 1-351 rankings). Those resulted in this map here, which depicts a less-orange-than-preferred New York State.

Says Norlander about the St. Bonaventure Bonnies, the “top program in New York”:

“For the first time since the Bob Lanier days, the Bonnies have the best team of the 22 that call New York state home. That's due in large part to the outstanding backcourt of Matt Mobley and Jaylen Adams. Bona's looking to improve from a 20-win season in 2016-17, and it's probably going to be the No. 2 team in the A-10.”

He also includes St. John’s above Syracuse, which came in third overall. Fellow 2017-18 SU opponents Iona (4), Buffalo (5), Colgate (11) and Cornell (14) appear as well.

On the one hand, it’s not exactly comforting seeing the Orange listed below “lesser” programs in the state. But there’s also a shot to settle this on the court. SU will host the Bonnies on December 22. St. Bonaventure hasn’t defeated Syracuse since 1981 and are 3-24 all-time versus the Orange.

In other news from these rankings that don’t really mean much, Georgetown’s named the top program in Washington D.C. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that it’s highly likely they’re supplanted by year’s end.

Any other states look strange to you? Weigh in below (and if you have your own New York State rankings, that works too).