Through two rounds of March Madness, the Syracuse Orange have not looked like an 11-seed. After defeating six-seed San Diego State 78-62 in the first round, the Orange defeated three-seed West Virginia Mountaineers 75-72 in the Round of 32. This puts them in the Midwest Region against No. 6 Purdue Boilermakers.
This is only the second time in school history that Syracuse has reached the Sweet 16. The other time was in 2003 when they lost to Florida State 3-0 in the Sweet 16.
If Syracuse wins tonight's game against Purdue, they will go on to play Texas Tech in the East Region. That game will be played on April 4th at 9:00 PM EST on TBS.
Syracuse is making its fifth appearance in the NCAA Tournament and all five trips have come under Coach Jim Boeheim. He has more NCAA Tournament victories than any other coach in history - 1,098. He also has more losses than any other coach - 548.
Boeheim's success in the tournament is probably why Syracuse is called "March Madness" instead of "Syracuse Madness".
In addition to coaching Syracuse in the NCAA Tournament, Coach Boeheim has also managed the United States men's national basketball team during several international tournaments.
After defeating San Diego State and West Virginia, No. 11 seed Syracuse now has 30-to-1 chances of winning the NCAA title, according to Vegas Insider. According to Covers.com, the Orange are priced at +3000, or a 3.23 percent implied chance of winning the national championship.
Syracuse is one of six remaining undefeated teams left in the NCAA Tournament field. The other five squads are all ranked in the top 10: No. 1 Florida, No. 2 Virginia, No. 3 Michigan State, No. 6 Cincinnati and No. 9 Wichita State. With so many unbeaten teams remaining in the tournament, there's no telling what can happen over the next few weeks.
Last year's edition of this bracket was full of upsets, with No. 5 Richmond losing to No. 12 Davidson in the first round before advancing to the second round where it lost to No. 4 Ohio State. In the third round, No. 9 UMBC took down No. 8 Indiana before being eliminated by Duke in the fourth game.
There's no reason why this year's field should be any less exciting. In fact, it might even be more interesting since more lower-seeded teams have made it into the tournament than ever before.
Syracuse, the No. 11 seed in the NCAA tournament's Midwest Region, beat off West Virginia's frantic late-game push to win 75-72 in the tournament's second round on Sunday. The Orange will face top-seeded Kansas in the third round on Thursday.
Syracuse is making its ninth appearance in the NCAA tournament and first since 2013 when it lost to Louisville in the sweet 16. The Orange are 3-6 in the event.
They have never advanced beyond the second round of the tournament.
Coach Jim Boeheim said after the game that he wasn't sure if his team played its best game of the season or not but added that "every game we play is a must-win situation."
Syracuse went into the weekend as one of the hottest teams in basketball with five players averaging in double figures. Led by Jerami Grant's 19 points, the Orange held West Virginia to just 37 percent shooting from the field and outrebounded the Mountaineers 42-36.
Grant became the first player in school history to score 1,000 points for Syracuse when he hit a pair of free throws with 12:49 left in the game. He also grabbed eight rebounds.
Say it out loud: Seed for Pause11. Syracuse qualified for the NCAA Tournament after finishing the season with victories against Clemson, UNC, and NC State, as well as a buzzer-beating defeat to Virginia. The Orange were given an at-large bid after being eliminated from the ACC Tournament. This will be their first trip since 2013.
Syracuse went 33-3 overall and 17-1 in the ACC, which was good for first place. They won the conference title for the third time in four years. Hallice Cooke Jr. led the team with 18.4 points per game while Trevor Cooney added 16.7 points per contest. James Bellamy averaged 11.8 rebounds per game while Trevor Baptiste contributed 10.4 points per outing.
In the NCAA Tournament, Syracuse fell to Texas Tech in the second round. However, the loss is still considered a success because it gave senior guard Tyus Battle time to play in his final game before entering the NBA Draft. He decided to forgo his final year of college eligibility to enter the 2020 NBA Draft.
After the season, head coach Jim Boeheim announced that he would retire at the end of the 2019-20 season. He finished with 902 wins over the course of his career, making him the all-time winningest coach in Division I men's basketball history.
(Photo courtesy of Turner Sports) The Syracuse men's basketball team performed well enough late in the season to qualify for the NCAA tournament. The Orange are no strangers to being a bubble team. On Wednesday, the TNT commentator and NBA veteran released his bracket for the 2021 NCAA Tournament. And don't worry fans - Jim Boeheim is on it!
Boeheim's crew includes Syracuse as a 5-seed which means they will play on Thursday, March 26th, at 5:15pm against the winner of the Georgetown-Old Dominion game. If Syracuse wins that game then they would advance to the second round where they would face either Florida State or Michigan State.
So there you have it, fans can rest easy knowing that one of the greatest coaches in college basketball history won't be leaving Syracuse anytime soon!
"These players deserve every bit of praise in the world," said Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim. "They've worked really hard." The victory sent the region's oldest team into a third straight game -- this time against top-seeded Duke.
The Orange, who were making their first appearance in the Big Dance since 2003, outscored West Virginia 19-3 in the final minute. Dion Waiters had 21 points and Tyler Ennis added 10 points and 10 assists for Syracuse. James Johnson scored 16 points to lead the Mountaineers.
In other games on Sunday, Michigan State crushed Florida Gulf Coast 86-64 to advance to the Sweet 16; Ohio State topped Texas A&M 72-51 to move onto the next round; and Louisville knocked off Wisconsin 69-58 to reach the Elite Eight for the first time since 1999. Louisville will face Cincinnati on Thursday.
Syracuse was appearing in its sixth consecutive NCAA tournament game. The last time they weren't playing in the postseason was from 1963-67, when they went 60 years without making it to the championship game. Since then, they're 89-15 in the tourney.
As of March 29, 2021, there are 687 people. The Orange are also sixth in NCAA Tournament appearances (41) and seventh in NCAA Tournament victories (70+). (6)... Men's basketball at Syracuse.
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