It’s February, and that means it’s the final full month of the regular season for college basketball. For the Syracuse Orange men’s team, that’s nine more games to put together a resume worthy of the NCAA Tournament. Luckily, they have numerous opportunities to make that happen.
We’ll be checking in on bracketology projections here pretty regularly from now through Selection Sunday (a pretty late March 17 this year). So if you don’t like what you see, check back after the next Orange win to see how things have improved. How’s Syracuse looking right now after beating the Pittsburgh Panthers on the road?
SB Nation: Midwest Region, vs. St. John’s Red Storm
Just two projections place Syracuse as high as a 7-seed right now, though plenty more will probably make that call if the Orange can beat Florida State tonight. A matchup with the Red Storm isn’t ideal, as St. John’s is a very talented team and will be extra motivated against SU (as they have been for the last couple matchups between the teams). Indiana, on the other hand, is fading and I’m fine with reliving the last time we beat the Hoosiers in the NCAAs (2013) on loop.
CBS Sports: South Region, vs. St. John’s
Again, these could all very well jump up to a 7-seed with an upset win against FSU. You’ll find some familiar opponents here (St. John’s, TCU) and some familiar coaches too (TCU’s Jamie Dixon, Washington’s Mike Hopkins). Sign me up for Dixon again after last year’s postseason win over the Frogs. Don’t want anything to do with Hopkins, however.
Also, this Orange fan is selfishly rooting for the West region, so any potential Sweet 16/Elite 8 games are in nearby Anaheim.
Washington Post: West Region, vs. Oklahoma
Again, HI WEST REGION. Don’t love a matchup with Auburn, but OU’s fine. Ideally, Syracuse avoids any 8/9 game, since it sets up a matchup with a No. 1 seed in round two. In the case of the West Region, that’s probably Gonzaga right now.
Not updated yet
NCAA.com: 7-seed vs. Texas Longhorns (East Region)
The Athletic: 10-seed vs. Auburn (South Region)
These sites haven’t yet updated their projections. SHUN THE NON-BELIEVERS at The Athletic for giving us our lowest seeding at 10, however.
Fine with these? Worried? Too early to care? Provide your own bracket takes below.