The Syracuse Orange are back — well, in the case of Bracketology they are.
After keeping the Orange out of his bracketology for the preseason and first four weeks of the regular season, Joe Linardi has put Syracuse as his 10 seed in the South region of this week’s bracket.
In the current bracket, the Orange would face Creighton, who currently have a guard Syracuse is familiar with: Kaleb Joseph. The former Syracuse point guard transferred to Creighton and is currently averaging eight points and two assists per game. This would be an interesting matchup for Syracuse as Creighton has three capable scorers and three players 6’10” or taller.
Making a miraculous run back to the Final Four would be tough in this region, as the Orange would have to get through most likely two-seeded Kentucky and one-seeded Duke. However, nothing is impossible as we learned back in 2016 (Syracuse made their Final Four run as a 10 seed).
It’s nice to see Syracuse getting the national respect they deserve, but keeping up this recent success will be a challenge. The Orange have been able to use their length to their advantage as of late, but Syracuse will have their hands full once ACC play begins.
It’s up for debate whether last year’s tournament snub was valid or not, but a return to the Big Dance this year will give Syracuse a chance to prove not only last year’s doubters wrong, but this year’s too.