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