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Win over Miami gets Syracuse back into NCAA Tournament bubble talk

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Bubble talk comes back in earnest after important road win.

NCAA Basketball: Syracuse at Miami Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Obviously, the Syracuse Orange’s win over the Miami Hurricanes was very helpful for their NCAA Tournament hopes. Road victories were hard to come by last season, and was one of the primary reasons SU was left out of March Madness. This time around, they’ve seemingly alleviated that specific concern with victories over both Miami and Louisville.

The latest on that storyline, and some other Orange-tinged news are below in today’s links:

Bubble banter: Texas, Syracuse, Baylor land massive wins (NBC Sports)

TThat’s their third Quadrant 1 win — assuming that Buffalo, who is currently 30th in the RPI, remains top 30 — but a Quadrant 3 loss and the lack of a truly marquee victory is a glaring hole in their résumé. The good news? This is the remaining schedule for the Orange: UNC, at Duke, at Boston College, Clemson. Go 2-2 in that stretch and they will enter the ACC tournament in pretty good shape.

Isis Young battled through a torn ACL and a transfer to become SU’s spark plug off the bench (Daily Orange)

“Before the injury, she was a heck of a player,” said Walter Welsh, one of her former AAU coaches. “She had a little more quickness. Her shot was even more on target. I’m not sure if the injury took something away from that, but I think she’s trying to find her way back to where she was.”

How many NCAA Tournament berths can the ACC secure? (Tar Heel Blog)

They’ve split their last six games with road wins at Louisville and Miami...and losses to Georgia Tech and N.C. State. Their closing stretch is BRUTAL— home against UNC, at Duke, at BC, home against Clemson. A win against anyone besides BC immediately becomes the best on their resume, and the Orange probably need to win 3 of 4 if they want to be safe.

Could Syracuse-Albany lacrosse series be moving out of the Carrier Dome? (Syracuse.com)

“The problem with all the conferences now is you’re playing the conference games in April, so that it’s tougher to have a free week night where you can find each other in the middle of the week. I don’t think this is really a Tuesday night game. But we’re discussing it. We’re open to it.’’

Syracuse in First Four in ESPN’s latest bracketology (ESPN)

Syracuse gets a 12-seed in the South bracket, facing Texas in the First Four. A win over the Longhorns would set them up against Rhode Island, then potentially Wichita State/Vermont in the Round of 32.

ACC power rankings: Syracuse basketball climbs for second consecutive week (Syracuse.com)

Syracuse lacrosse plummets in media poll after loss to Albany (Syracuse.com)

Former Syracuse football commit pledges to Fresno State (Syracuse.com)

Three offers and counting for 2021 DE Donnell Harris (247Sports)

How the composition of an NCAA Tournament champion has changed (SI.com)