March Misery

Steve Schulz, Editor-In-Chief

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For the first time since the 2008 season (ex. self-imposed ban of 2015), Syracuse Men’s Basketball has been excluded from the NCAA Championship Tournament.

Coming off of a Final Four appearance in 2016, The Orange failed to put up a respectable record in the 2016 season. Although the team was on the bubble, many college basketball analysts like Dan Dakich predicted a snub for Syracuse because of their dismal road record and horrible losses to teams with high RPIs (Rating Percentage Index).

A birth for the Orange would have set a new record for the worst RPI for any at-large team in tournament history.

For those who are confused as to why teams like Texas Southern made the tournament this is because there are 32 conferences that reward their tournament champion with a ticket to the big dance. Although it leaves several good teams out of the tournament, it creates more madness in march for all the incredible upsets and cinderella stories.

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Syracuse is the No.1 overall seed in the 32 team National Invitation Tournament (NIT) and play at home on Tuesday, March 14 at the Dome against UNC Greensboro.

 

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