Well, the NCAA Tournament selection show did not go as hoped for Syracuse fans. But there has been enough ranting about that on social media and through other avenues. So onto Syracuse's postseason fate. They earned the top overall seed in the NIT, for better or worse. See the full bracket at the bottom of the page.
"Obviously it's disappointing," Boeheim said of not making the NCAA Tournament. "It's disappointing for our seniors. For our two fifth year seniors who came here to try to make the tournament. We had a terrible start to our season and put ourselves in a tremendous hole. Then after that, I thought we played as well as you could."
The Orange's opponent? UNC-Greensboro. Yes, you read that correctly.
"We'll have to try to get ready and play the best we can in the NIT," Boeheim said.
Now, the NIT committee chair will tell you that is just a happy coincidence. That there was no thought of Jim Boeheim's comments that there is no value in playing the ACC Tournament in Greensboro when the matchups were selected.
If anyone actually thinks that the NIT selection committee did not discuss or consider Boeheim's comments and the subsequent reaction from Greensboro folks, then I have a bridge to sell you in the Sahara Desert.
That aside, the matchup is quite comical and brings an added layer of intrigue for a disappointing postseason entry. Why the committee could not just admit that is not quite clear.
But when you look at the rest of Syracuse's bracket, there is potential for some interesting matchups. There is a potential rematch in the second round with a Monmouth team that Syracuse blew out in the regular season. A quarterfinal matchup could see the Orange face any of Indiana, Georgia Tech or Georgia.
Indiana brings an interesting storyline as local product and former Syracuse recruiting target Thomas Bryant plays for the Hoosiers. Seeing him in the Carrier Dome against Syracuse would be a sight to behold.
Georgia Tech is a team that Syracuse split with in the regular season, but beat by nearly 30 the last time they played. That game featured a 40-point scoring night from Andrew White on senior night.
Georgia is an SEC school that had a decent year. But playing the Bulldogs will bring back a lot of nostalgic memories from one of the classic NCAA Tournament games back in the 1996 run to the Final Four.
First things first, however. Syracuse has to advance. Their first game against UNC-Greensboro will be Tuesday (November 14th) night at 7:00pm inside the Carrier Dome. The Orange will stay at home through the quarterfinals. Should they advance to the semifinals, those games are held in Madison Square Garden.
If Syracuse knocks off Greensboro, they face the winner of Monmouth and Ole Miss on Thursday night.