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Syracuse bracketology: Orange trending toward 9-seed

Nothing “really” changed after Monday night’s loss, even if some believed it downgraded the Orange.

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NCAA Basketball: Syracuse at Wake Forest Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Neither of the Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team’s recent results should impact the team’s seeding much. Still, after a blowout loss to Virginia last night (and a big victory over Wake Forest on Saturday), it’s not a bad time to check in on where SU’s bracket hopes lie.

When we last looked, things seemed pretty split between 8 and 9 seeds. Rational thinking would indicate things look largely the same. Of course, the NCAA Tournament and projections around it are rarely rational.

A win at Clemson on Saturday won’t necessarily boost this much. But a loss could certainly put Syracuse firmly in 9-seed territory for good barring a run in the ACC Tournament. Would also note that a lot of the predictions below came in before last night’s result so it’s reasonable to think that most are now trending less positive on SU.

NCAA Basketball: Syracuse at Ohio State Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

7-seed East Region, vs. TCU Horned Frogs

Andy Katz actually updated his bracket today and sees SU as a 7-seed. It’s an outlier right now, but we’ll take it (and the rematch with TCU, which the committee may try to avoid).


Bleacher Report: West Region, vs. Ohio State Buckeyes

CBS Sports: Midwest Region, vs. St. John’s Red Storm

Fox Sports: South Region, vs. VCU Rams

SB Nation: West Region, vs. Washington Huskies

Bracket Matrix*: Midwest Region, vs. UCF Knights (Bracket Matrix is an average of all bracket predictions)

A mixed bag of foes here. The committee would be unlikely to pit us against Ohio State since we already faced them and they usually avoid first round rematches. As previously noted, St. John’s is concerning and I want no part of Washington. VCU and UCF are probably fine.


The Athletic: West Region, vs. Auburn Tigers

ESPN: West Region, vs. Washington Huskies

Sports Illustrated: Midwest Region, vs. Baylor Bears

Stadium: Midwest Region, vs. Baylor

TeamRankings: West Region, vs. Arizona State Sun Devils

USA Today: Midwest Region, vs. Baylor

Lunardi’s going to pick us to face off with Washington until he retires (or Hopkins leaves UW). Everyone else REALLY wants us to face Baylor.


Washington Post: West Region, vs. Baylor

See above. Also, this was before Saturday’s game. Patrick Stevens also said that Syracuse is in “no real danger” of falling out of the field before this despite the low pick among experts.


This is fine, right? Still, share your own amateur bracketology takes below.