It was only two weeks ago when most of the college basketball experts were proclaiming Syracuse the best team in the nation.
They cited all their strengths as being superior to everyone else which would make a trip to the Final Four quite easy. After starting out 18-0 with all kinds of love coming from Dick Vitale and Bobby Knight, the Coach Jim Boeheim’s Orange have gone on to lose 4 in a row.
Their first two losses were understandable. Pittsburgh and Villanova are two of the best in the nation, but last week’s home loss to Seton Hall as a 13½-point favorite has everyone rethinking their stance on Syracuse. They didn’t just get beat, they got ran off their home court by a team with a losing record.
The game was never close as Seton Hall took a 13-point lead at the half and expanded it to a 90-68 blow out win. The Orange shot only 36% from the field in the loss.
On Saturday Syracuse was a 2-point underdog at Marquette and was down by 11 at the half, but battled back strong to close out the game. Even though they still lost the game 76-70, they showed signs of getting back to that team we all thought they were by shooting 57% from the field.
Coming up next for the Orange is a road trip to play No. 7 Connecticut, fresh off a double-overtime loss to Louisville. Look for Syracuse to play well Wednesday night and possibly pull off the upset.
The Orange have been humiliated and beat up in front of the nation and now have to pull themselves out of the hole. They have the talent and coaching to make it happen and they can use the losing experience as a gut check down the road.