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Syracuse women’s basketball: weekly TNIAAM awards, Bracketology and ACC updates for January 10th

Congratulations: we’ve reached the halfway mark of the season.

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It was a short-lived run in the AP top 25 for the Syracuse Orange women’s basketball team (12-2, 2-1), but the program still remains in pretty great shape heading into the thick of the ACC slate.

The Orange survived 14 games and sit in a much better spot in the most recent NCAA Tournament projections compared to last season, but 15 games still remain between now and March.

As always, let’s catch you up on all things women’s hoops and what lies ahead for Syracuse in what’s been a competitive and fun year for NCAA women’s basketball.

The Orange this week and next week

Note: All team records include games from up to and including Tuesday, January 9.

The then-#25 Orange had a bit of an up and down stretch this past week, first getting beat by double-digits (75-51) for the first time all season to North Carolina (11-4, 3-0) on Thursday followed by a comeback 71-64 home win over Boston College (9-7, 1-2) on Sunday. While Syracuse lost in pretty commanding fashion to UNC, the Orange extended their home record to 9-0 this season and still have not recorded a bad loss all year.

For now, the path forward becomes slightly more manageable over the next week (before things really start to ramp up, as explained here). Syracuse will first take on Wake Forest (4-11, 0-3) this Thursday on the road, then return back to the JMA Wireless Dome on Sunday for a matchup with Clemson (8-7, 1-2).

The TNIAAM Orange Player of the Week

This week’s winner: Sophie Burrows

Playing time for Burrows has certainly fluctuated over the course of this season, but with Syracuse’s offense cooling off this past week and then some, she stepped up and played her best game of the season against Boston College. Burrows ended the BC game with a career-high in points (17) and rebounds (eight), played 33 minutes and shot the lights out of the ball (6/10 overall, 3/6 from three).

In a game where the Orange shot 37% from the field, Burrows was the latest Syracuse player to come off the bench and provide a scoring spark. Felisha Legette-Jack made a similar decision in the North Carolina game, and we’re hoping Burrows can continue gaining confidence on the court as her play becomes more essential moving forward.

TNIAAM Player of the Week tracker: Dyaisha Fair x3, Georgia Woolley x2, Alyssa Latham x2, Alaina Rice x1, Saniaa Wilson x1, Sophie Burrows x1

Bracketology and AP Poll Update

Note: Latest projections from ESPN’s Charlie Creme updated as of Tuesday, January 9.

Unfortunately, Syracuse did fall out of this week’s latest AP poll... but not by much. After being ranked 25th in last week’s poll, the Orange now sit with the fourth-most votes among the teams who were ranked just outside the top 25. #6 NC State, #11 Virginia Tech, #15 Louisville, #18 Notre Dame, #20 North Carolina and #21 Florida State are the six ACC teams ranked in the latest AP poll, while the Orange sit as the next team on the fringes.

Syracuse sits 51st in NET as of Monday, which is currently ninth-best in the ACC (behind Miami at 45th and Georgia Tech at 55th).

ESPN’s latest bracketology update continues to project the Orange as a seven-seed in the 2024 NCAA Tournament. The ACC and Pac-12 lead the way with nine teams from each conference projected to make the tournament, the most out of any of the other conferences.

ACC power rankings and a look around the conference

Note: All team records include games from up to and including Tuesday, January 9.

Here are the updated standings in the ACC as of Tuesday night:

Updated 2023-2024 ACC Women’s Basketball Standings

ACC Team Current Conference Ranking Last Week Conference Ranking Conf. Record Overall Record
ACC Team Current Conference Ranking Last Week Conference Ranking Conf. Record Overall Record
Virginia Tech. 1 5 3-0 12-2
North Carolina 2 T-6 3-0 11-4
Louisville 3 4 2-0 13-2
Florida State 4 1 3-1 12-4
NC State 5 2 2-1 14-1
Syracuse 6 3 2-1 12-2
Georgia Tech. 7 11 2-1 11-4
Duke 8 T-6 2-2 10-5
Miami 9 9 1-2 11-3
Notre Dame 10 10 1-2 10-3
Boston College 11 13 1-2 9-7
Clemson 12 8 1-2 8-7
Virginia 13 12 0-3 8-6
Pittsburgh 14 14 0-3 6-10
Wake Forest 15 15 0-3 4-11

Here are the notable ACC games with potential postseason implications to watch for over the next week:

  • #20 North Carolina (11-4, 3-0) @ #21 Florida State (12-4, 3-1) on Thursday (6 pm EST, ACC Network+)
  • Miami (11-3, 1-2) @ #11 Virginia Tech (12-2, 3-0) on Thursday (8 pm EST, ACC Network)
  • Miami (11-3, 1-2) @ #18 Notre Dame (10-3, 1-2) on Sunday (12 pm EST, CW Network)
  • #11 Virginia Tech (12-2, 3-0) @ #21 Florida State (12-4, 3-1) on Sunday (1 pm EST, ESPN)
  • Georgia Tech (11-4, 2-1) @ Duke (10-5, 2-2) on Sunday (2 pm EST, ACC Network+)