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Sunday’s loss to No. 7 Louisville was Syracuse’s worst since joining ACC

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Quite the (bad) stat.

NCAA Basketball: Syracuse at Louisville Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Syracuse basketball’s 20-point loss on Sunday to No. 7 Louisville was its worst since joining the ACC in 2013-14.

It didn’t feel like Syracuse’s worst loss in ACC play, but, according to the score, it was. The 20-point loss was the most ever by the Orange in an ACC game, but that doesn’t necessarily make it the “worst.”

Syracuse’s 15-point loss to Boston College earlier this season was its worst loss in league play since joining the conference, and I don’t think there’s much room for debate.

In the 2013-14 season, Syracuse lost by 19 points at Virginia, which was the team’s worst loss of that season. SU went 14-4 in the ACC.

In the 2014-15 season, the Orange lost by 19 at Duke. SU went 9-9 in the ACC.

And last season, Syracuse lost by 15 points to both North Carolina and Florida State to close out the regular season. The Orange, again, went 9-9 in league play.

Jim Boeheim has said it time and time again: it’s not by how much you win or lose by, but how you play.

NCAA Basketball: Syracuse at Louisville Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Against Louisville on Sunday, Syracuse didn’t play well by any means, and rebounding was a major issue.

Against Boston College earlier this season, everything was going wrong for the Orange and the Eagles hit, what felt like, everything.

You can explain a 20-point loss to Louisville, who has been a powerhouse program for a while. But it’s hard to explain a 15-point loss to Boston College — a team that went winless in league play last season.

And this loss can be easily erased, as most expected the Orange to lose in the first place. But a win on Saturday would put Syracuse at 18 regular-season victories, and gives the team momentum heading into the ACC Tournament in Brooklyn.

A loss, well, that may very well put the Orange out of the Tournament. With just 17 wins, and a likely second round matchup with Virginia — it would be a tough road ahead for an up-and-down team.

But as always, SU controls its own destiny. Whether that’s for better or worse — we’ll see.