Now is when you root for Syracuse to lose. Rooting to be the last undefeated was re re. It was always going to take care of itself.
Syracuse will trip. They got lucky with Hood's botched dunk.
Cuse have gotten lucky a few times. Miami isn't even a tourney team this year and took down them to the wire twice.
They will likely fall when they play at Duke on the 22nd, although I'm hoping that they lose to ND tonight or to Clemson or Pitt soon after...
I don't see any way cuse gets by dook at home. I figure 1 or 2 others knock them down too. That 3-4 game stretch after this week is a KILLER.
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We can beat this Syrc. We will if we meet.
Their audience sucks btw. No support or anything when their team needs most.
I feel like Cuse never plays on the road. I still cant believe they beat Duke with like 16 three pointers.
they also had about 25K+ people cheering for them
I'm almost guaranteeing a loss @ duke, can't wait to put money on that.
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'Cuse is a very good team. I don't know how well we will attack their zone. They are the best at playing it. That's what I love about college hoops. Bear Down
Syracuse getting the calls was good for two reasons. It bloated their egos by giving them another win they wouldn't realistically get...setting them up for the big fall. Second, it let Dook know what it feels like to be on the other side for a change and deflated their egos.
Someone will catch up to Cuse and break that zone with one or two players. I just hope it's a nobody team in the first round of the tournament.
Call me sexy arty.
I too grew tired of the whining that they should be #1 instead of us but this hatred of everything Orange seems a bit misplaced. I don't want Syracuse to lose in the first round and I'm not that excited to see them lose during the season so we can back in to the number one spot again. Let them stay number one in the polls for the rest of the season when it doesn't really mean anything. Let them win every game in the tourney up to the championship game. Let Arizona be that team they meet in the championship game and let's leave it all on the floor for all the marbles.
At this point, I'd rather see Syracuse remain undefeated for a while and have the focus of the nation on them. I think it was pretty clear the pressure was getting to our guys, as the team has pretty much laid an egg offensively the last 3.5 games. The Cats have almost always played better when they're under the radar. Too many national articles extolling the guys' virtues, and I think they were starting to buy into the hype. Now they have to go out and prove it all again. Which, in my mind, is a good thing. They seemed to have lost the hunger and the edge. When you believe you have an extra gear and can pull it out any time you need it, is exactly when you're ripe for an upset.
From all the rumblings in this thread, it kind of feels like Syracuse is over-looked a bit. Anytime you're undefeated at this point you have a very good team. I was really impressed with what they showed offensively against Duke (I know most offenses look good against Duke this year), and obviously that's not an easy zone to beat. Im not sure without BA that we could beat them. We obviously couldn't have a lot of success shooting the 3 against the zone, and we lost a big part of our ability to beat zones by getting down low.
Syracuse's schedule has been laughable to this point. Their best road win to this point would be against St. John's, and that game was played in MSG. It probably won't matter since Syracuse likely won't have to leave New York for their first 4 games of the tournament. However, things are going to start getting tough when they go @Pitt, @Duke, @UVA, @Maryland, @Florida State and then the ACC Tournament is in far-off Greensboro, NC. They have feasted on the weakest of the weak ACC teams for their road games to this point but some real competition is coming up.
I'm not worried about Syracuse losing. They are going to lose at least 3 games before we get to March Madness.
Syracuse is the type of high seeded team that could easily lose within the first two rounds of the NCAA tourney imo.
Wichita State will probably go undefeated into the NCAA tourney. They are very good also, probably a slight notch below the top teams, including Syracuse. Indiana State (tomorrow) and N. Iowa are probably the only two conference teams that could possibly beat them if the stars aligned. Those are their next two road games. They'll be an out waiting to happen also in the NCAA tourney, after round 1 they probably won't face another team that they'll be demonstratively better than.
I personally believe Arizona will lose 2 or less games before the P12 tourney, and win the conference fairly easily. P12 tourney, well - we'll see. None or the remaining games are gimmes by any stretch, many of them may be fairly close.