Syracuse earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament on Sunday, when they were selected as the three seed in the South regional. The Orange will face Western Michigan in Buffalo (N.Y.) on Thursday.
Should Syracuse win that matchup, the Orange will face the winner of Ohio State and Dayton.
Syracuse finished the season losing five of their last seven after a school record 25-0 start. After seemingly having the East region, and games in Buffalo and New York City, all-but wrapped up, the late slide pushed Syracuse into the South. Despite that, the Orange did land Buffalo for the first two games.
If Syracuse advanced to the Sweet-16, a potential matchup with Kansas looms. That game would be played in Memphis (Tenn.).
There were key trends that have led to Syracuse's recent struggles, including inefficient play on offense leading to lackadaisical defense as noted by freshman point guard Tyler Ennis.
"We can't wait until we are down nine points to turn it on, is a problem we have been having lately," Ennis said. "We have to count on everyone to play the full 40 minutes. I think our defense will pick up if we did that.
"We have one last chance to prove everybody wrong, so we have to buckle down the last couple of days going into the tournament, and just make a run."
This is the sixth consecutive season head coach Jim Boeheim has led Syracuse into the NCAA Tournament. They have been a five seed or better during each trip, and at least a three seed in five of the six seasons.
Scout.com's John Garcia Jr. and Jacquie Franciulli contributed to this story