Perhaps you don’t really want to talk about Syracuse Orange basketball right now. That’s fine. I don’t really want to either. However, the women’s team did provide a bit of a highlight last night amid all of the bad news at the Carrier Dome:
SU was revealed as the No. 15 team in the country according to the NCAA Tournament selection committee, giving them a 4-seed in Notre Dame’s region. Should that hold, the Orange would host the first and second round before moving on to Portland, Ore. for a potential Sweet 16 and Elite 8 (should they make it that far).
Syracuse last hosted an NCAA Tournament sub-regional in 2015-16, when they were a 4-seed in the Sioux Falls, S.D. region and made it to the Final Four. The Orange haven’t made it past the second round of the NCAAs since then, however.
After winning four of the last five games of the season, Syracuse goes into the ACC Tournament with the five-seed at 22-7 (11-5). Things start on March 6, and the Orange’s first game will be March 7 against the winner of the Boston College vs. Virginia game. Assuming a win there, they’ll face Miami after that before a potential rematch with Notre Dame.
A couple wins in the ACC Tournament could potentially push Syracuse up into a 3-seed, depending on what else happens around the country during Championship Week. To leap up a seed, they’ll need to surpass Iowa State and Miami, along with at least one of the three-seeds — NC State, Maryland, Oregon State, South Carolina.
Potentially, just defeating the BC/Virginia winner could be enough to keep a 4-seed.
We’ll have more on the women’s basketball team’s first ACC Tournament once it’s decided (tomorrow). ‘Til then, congrats to the squad and hopefully we’re seeing them hosting a couple more games at the Carrier Dome soon.