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Syracuse women’s basketball: Weekly TNIAAM Awards, Bracketology and ACC Updates for January 4th

We’ve got a lot of catching up to do.

NCAA Womens Basketball: ACC/SEC Challenge-Alabama at Syracuse Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

The NCAAW world is certainly watching the #25 Syracuse Orange women’s basketball team (11-1, 1-0) — something we couldn’t believe would be possible since our last update back on December 20.

Since then, Syracuse has continued to roll with eight-straight wins and has now jumped to the AP top 25 for the first time since Felisha Legette-Jack took over as coach, a testament to the incredible progress she has made in little time.

And clearly, people are starting to take notice:

The Orange continue to look strong coming out of the gate, but there is still a lot of time between now and March with 17 ACC regular season games to go.

As per usual, let’s check up on Syracuse and the rest of the NCAA WBB landscape:

The Orange this week and next week

Note: All team records include games from up to and including Wednesday, January 3.

Syracuse is obviously coming off its most impressive victory of the season and of Legette-Jack’s tenure against then-#13 Notre Dame — the Orange’s first win against the Fighting Irish since the 2020-2021 season.

Up next for the Orange is the program’s first two games as a ranked team in three years against North Carolina (9-4, 1-0) on the road Thursday night and Boston College (0-0, 0-0) back in the JMA Wireless Dome on January 7.

The TNIAAM Orange Player of the Week

This week’s co-winners: Dyaisha Fair and Alyssa Latham

In what turned out to be a stellar game versus Notre Dame, Dyaisha Fair and Alyssa Latham combined for 48 of Syracuse’s 86 points and hit tough shots down the stretch in what was a five-point upset win. Fair moved up to 18th on the NCAA’s all-time Division I career-scoring list with 27 points on 9/21 shooting and hit two critical threes down the stretch to keep the Orange ahead. She also added in four rebounds, three assists and six steals.

On the other hand, Latham shined yet again with her fifth double-double of the season in a performance that saw her finish with 21 points (on 9/18 shooting), 12 rebounds, two blocks and three steals. Both were essential to giving the Orange that statement win.

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

Bracketology and AP Poll Update

Note: Latest projections from ESPN’s Charlie Creme updated as of Tuesday, January 2.

Syracuse cracked the AP poll for the first time in Legette-Jack’s tenure, currently right on the edge at 25th overall. Including the Orange, six ACC teams are in the AP top 25 — #3 NC State, #13 Virginia Tech, #16 Notre Dame, #17 Louisville and #22 Florida State.

The Orange moved up to 42nd in NET after the Notre Dame win, the seventh-highest among the teams in the ACC. Outside of beating the Fighting Irish, it’s important to note that Iowa State moved from a Q2 win to a Q1 win, meaning Syracuse is now 3-1 in Q1 games and still has an undefeated record versus Q3 and Q4 opponents.

Syracuse also moved up to a projected seven-seed in ESPN’s latest bracketology update which was released on Tuesday morning. Right now, nine ACC teams are projected to make the 2024 NCAA Tournament.

ACC power rankings and a look around the conference

Note: All team records include games from up to and including Wednesday, January 3.

NC State remains the only undefeated team remaining in the ACC at 13-0. With eight-straight wins, Syracuse boasts the second-longest active win streak in the conference.

Here are the updated conference standings as of Wednesday 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
Florida State 1 T-8 2-0 11-3
NC State 2 2 1-0 13-0
Syracuse 3 3 1-0 11-1
Louisville 4 6 1-0 12-2
Virginia Tech. 5 7 1-0 10-2
North Carolina T-6 11 1-0 9-4
Duke T-6 15 1-1 9-4
Clemson 8 1 1-1 8-6
Miami 9 T-4 0-1 10-2
Notre Dame 10 T-4 0-1 9-2
Georgia Tech. 11 T-8 0-1 9-4
Virginia 12 10 0-1 8-4
Boston College 13 12 0-1 8-6
Pittsburgh 14 13 0-1 6-8
Wake Forest 15 14 0-1 4-9

Here are the notable ACC games to watch for over the next week:

  • #22 Florida State (11-3, 2-0) @ #3 NC State (13-0, 1-0) on Thursday (7 pm EST, ACC Network+)
  • Duke (9-4, 1-1) @ #17 Louisville (12-2, 1-0) on Thursday (8 pm EST, ACC Network)
  • #3 NC State (13-0, 1-0) @ #13 Virginia Tech (10-2, 1-0) on Sunday (12 pm EST, ACC Network)
  • North Carolina (9-4, 1-0) @ #16 Notre Dame (9-2, 0-1) on Sunday (5 pm EST, ESPN2)