With the Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team out of the ACC Tournament, we’ve done all we can in terms of resume and now wait for Selection Sunday. SU’s 20-13 with a couple marquee wins (at Duke, Louisville) and some success on the road. We know we’re in the NCAA Tournament field. We just don’t know exactly where we’re seeded yet.
While Syracuse can’t do anything about their seeding at this point, other teams around the country can impact that to some extent. Here’s a quick rundown of the games that mattered to one extent or another:
Duke 74, North Carolina 73
No matter who you were rooting for last night, this was a fantastic game (though why UNC didn’t call a timeout to fix the broken offensive set at the end, I don’t understand). There’s some potential impact for Syracuse here as well. The Duke win continues to boost the Orange’s win over the Blue Devils in Durham. Plus, Duke winning the ACC is the primary method by which the league gets three No. 1 seeds. That would either a) guarantee Syracuse is out West as a probable 9-seed, or b) shift SU down to a 10-seed.
Michigan State 77, Ohio State 70
The Buckeyes are going to be on the edge of the field when brackets are announced. Syracuse’s win stays in Quad 1, however.
Michigan 74, Iowa 53
Iowa is one of a gaggle of teams hanging around the 8/9 range, and the loss to Michigan likely keeps them there and in contention with SU (or potentially facing them in round one).
Houston 84, UConn 45
Lulz. Though hopefully the loss doesn’t end up knocking the Huskies out of the top 100 in the NET. That would turn Syracuse (still, how?!) loss to them into the Quad 3 variety.
Minnesota 75, Purdue 73
The Golden Gophers’ big upset potentially vaults them into the 8/9 conversation which is getting increasingly crowded.
Iowa State 63, Kansas State 59
By scoring an upset here, the Cyclones are now beyond the 8/9 conversation and not in contention with SU for seeding, or as an opponent.
Buffalo 85, Central Michigan 81
We want Buffalo to win the MAC, just from the perspective of making the loss look better.
Seton Hall 81, Marquette 79
Seton Hall’s solidified their place in 8/9 territory and may actually leap over Syracuse whether they win the Big East or not.
Rhode Island 75, VCU 70
The Rams are trending down toward a 9 or 10-seed after losing to Rhody. That potentially pushes the Orange up a spot, depending on where the committee had VCU before.
Old Dominion 61, UAB 59
For the second straight game, the Monarchs survive by a small margin. Just from an aesthetic standpoint, we’d like them to win the Conference USA title on Saturday.
St. Bonaventure 68, George Mason 57
The Bonnies can’t move up/down in quadrants, but continued wins are fine since it just means another potential victory over a team in the field if they can win the A-10.
Memphis 79, UCF 55
UCF will stand pat in the 8/9 range and be in contention with Syracuse for seeding, or on the opposite line as an opponent.
Washington 66, Colorado 61
UW continuing to win should get them clear of the 8/9 range, so no zone vs. zone matchup in round one with Syracuse... unless the Orange wind up a 10-seed out West, perhaps.
Eastern Washington 77, Southern Utah 61
Like several other teams still playing, we’d just like to see EWU win the Big Sky to boost perceptions around the Orange’s early-season victory.
Utah State 85, Fresno State 60
The Aggies will play for the Mountain West title on Saturday, and are looking to solidify their place in 9-seed range.
Oregon 79, Arizona State 75 (OT)
Oregon remains just short of the NET rating required to make Syracuse’s loss to the Ducks jump to Quad 1. They can’t really pull it off without an upset over Washington, though.