As we ushered in 2017, Syracuse could easily have been asking, what happened? A preseason Top 25 team, the Orange were mired in a streak that produced loses to Connecticut, St. John’s, and Boston College. Early January wasn’t much better, as the Orange’s early league road schedule took a toll. Fast forward to February. It’s amazing what a five-game winning streak in the ACC can do for a team’s resume, especially when the field around them remains quite average. Syracuse’s last-second heroics at Clemson have the Orange at 8-4 in the league and, at least for the moment, a few slots above the cutline. We’ll see how the final month plays out.
No changes on the No. 1 seed line today. Kansas and Baylor bounced back with road wins . Come Saturday, we’ll all get a sneak peak at how the actual Selection Committee views the Top 16 teams (on their Seed List), noted as the top four seeds in each region. Every Committee is a little different, so it will be interesting to see how they view things. Some of us would prefer to see their look at the bubble, too. Then again, deciphering and explaining those concepts would require a show that’s too long for network television. Come Monday, the middle and lower half of the bracket could look quite different – again.