Syracuse favored to win championship — NIT

  • Syracuse favored to win championship — NIT

Syracuse favored to win championship — NIT

Syracuse announced the opening round NIT game scheduled for Tuesday has been pushed back one day due extreme weather in the area. The winner between N.C. -Greensboro and Syracuse will face the Monmouth-Mississippi victor in the second round.

One of the biggest arguments in favor of Syracuse making the tournament was that it won five games against teams that were selected. The Orange have gone 2-2 in their last four games, beating Duke, falling to Louisville and beating Georgia Tech before a loss to Miami in their last outing. The only more fitting solution would have been for Boeheim to come to Greensboro to play the game. Give me the Spartans. I'm just saying what's right.

His remark took on a life of its own when the city of Greensboro began taking pot shots at Boeheim and his team on Twitter. But I guess you can lose in the first round anywhere.

"We didn't even have that in our minds", Minton said. "That's the way it played out". That's where the tournament should be played. The Orange won past year and became the first No. 10 seed to advance to the Final Four. Earlier this season, the Blue Raiders beat Vanderbilt, a nine seed in this year's NCAA tournament, by a score of 71-48.

There were bad, bad losses to Connecticut, Georgetown, St. John's, Boston College and Pitt. "We don't break down conference records whatsoever". And that was a challenge for them. "They say, 'Well, we don't look at the RPI.' But, top-25 wins, top-50 wins, top-100 wins are all RPI-driven".

"When you're on the bubble, you can miss, for whatever reason", Boeheim said Sunday night.

The other team that I think Syracuse should've made it over will be Wake Forest's first opponent, Kansas State.

The Syracuse Chiefs countered with Jim Boeheim Added Value night on April 7th to promote the added value Jim Boeheim brings to CNY.

Hopkins conceded that the team was disappointed when they failed to make the NCAA Tournament field, but noted that they were looking forward to competing in the NIT. The Orange twice reached the NIT Final Four at Madison Square Garden, losing to Tulsa in the 1981 championship game and SC in the 2002 semifinals.

But however UNC-Greensboro ended up playing Syracuse, we have to thank the NIT committee.

The Spartans picked up seven wins over six tournament teams this season including Wisconsin, Michigan, Wichita State, Northwestern, Florida Gulf Coast and Minnesota twice. If the Orange does it again, SU's reward will be a rematch with the mighty Connecticut Huskies. The 6-foot-5-inch Flemmings averages 15.8 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.

For Miller, the fact that UNCG was seeded No. 8 in order to match up with No. 1 Syracuse confirms the committee's intention. The second-round game will also be in Storrs.

In order to get the postponement officially completed, Syracuse University officials had to talk to the NCAA, who operates the NIT, to "approve the request", according to Syracuse.com.

Last time out for Syracuse, they were a 62-57 loser as they battled Hurricanes at home.