If the Orange weren’t in the ACC, there is no chance that they would make the tournament, with their unimpressive 9 losses. With the ACC being easily the deepest conference in the NCAA, Syracuse’s recent climb in the standings greatly improve their chances to participate in March.
When Boeheim was asked about the competitiveness in the ACC Tuesday night, he said
“Clemson’s an NCAA team. No doubt in my mind. They can beat anybody. You look at our league. Pittsburgh’s in last place. They beat Maryland, a team thats leading the Big Ten. They beat Marquette, a team in the top part of the Big East”.
You could argue that at least 10 ACC teams deserve to make the tournament. Clemson is currently sitting at 3-8 in ACC play, and Pittsburgh is sitting at 2-9, yet both teams have taken down top 25 teams in the country earlier this season. Most teams in the ACC are much better than top-25 teams, and Syracuse proved that last year.
The way things are looking right now, it seems as if North Carolina, Florida State, Louisville, Notre Dame and Duke are locks for the tournament. Bubble teams from the ACC include Syracuse, Miami, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, and Clemson.
Syracuse was in nobody’s bracket projection last week, and now holds a seed-average of 10.5, and most brackets have not been updated since their game against Clemson. Things looked even better yesterday, when NBCSports gave Syracuse an 8-seed in their bracket.