Syracuse Basketball: March Madness Team Profile and Season Recap

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Ricky Dimon

NCAAB· 7 months ago

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Since graduating from Davidson (The College That Stephen Curry Built), I have been writing about sports--just about any and all you can think of!--and coaching tennis in Atlanta, Ga. Beyond the four major sports, I am an avid tennis fan and cover the ATP Tour on a daily basis. If I'm not busy writing, you can generally find me on a tennis court or traveling the world wherever a sporting event takes me.

March Madness is here. It’s going to be a lot different in 2021 with the entire NCAA Tournament in one location, but having been cancelled in 2020 the players are going to be even more enthused than usual and the bettors will be especially eager. With the regular season wining down, it’s time to start looking ahead at the teams that can expect to be serious National Championship contenders. We’ll be breaking them down one by one, and our series continues with the Syracuse Orange.

Syracuse Orange basketball

Performance last five NCAA Tournaments: DNP, Final Four, DNP, Sweet 16, First Round

Ranking: Unranked

Coach: Jim Boeheim

Star player: Buddy Boeheim, Alan Griffin, Quincy Guerrier

Main strengths: Assist-to-turnover ratio

Biggest weakness: The vaunted 2-3 zone hasn’t worked in 2021

Record: 16-9

Syracuse Orange NCAA Tournament odds

Syracuse Orange outlook

Syracuse was one of the teams that had folks scratching their heads a little bit on Selection Sunday. The Orange have had a decent season, but there would not have been much outcry if they had been left out of the Big Dance. They went a modest 9-7 in the ACC and lost early in the conference tournament. Up first for them is a No. 11 vs. No. 6 showdown in the Midwest Region, with the winner likely to meet No. 3 West Virginia. That isn’t a bad draw (especially for a team that thought it might have to play in the First Four if it got in at all), but San Diego State is no joke. The Aztecs are lethal on defense. In terms of SDSU comparables for the Orange, they had four games against Virginia and Clemson this season and went 1-3 in those games–losing to UVA twice and splitting with Clemson.

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