Total collapse would be an understatement. From 16-points up to 18 down in the blink of the eye and Syracuse said good-bye to the Big East in two ways; roaring fashion in the first half, whimpering away in the second. A lot of people are questioning the refs in this game and you can’t blame them for doing so. Louisville was knocking guys around, throwing elbows, and nary would a whistle sound. Meanwhile, James Southerland was sent to the bench with four fouls, two of those being the breathing on the opponent kind, Louisville turned up the pressure and the end had begun. When the dust settled, somehow a Louisville player was joining Patrick Ewing as the only 2-time MVP of the BE Tourney and SU lost 78-61. Thank God time expired.
So what now? SU awaits their fate in the NCAA Tournament, once an almost lock for a 1 or 2 seed, put the second half of the season along with this most recent destruction and I say a 5-seed at best in a land far away. So, be ready fans; they don’t travel very well and the 12-5 game is almost always interesting. Let’s just hope they don’t also have to play at noon. Can someone tell Brandon that the scouts are watching and maybe he needs to brush up on foreign culture?
Okay, so all that was a bit harsh really. The team hit NYC in a near free fall, losing too many games and getting crushed in one of those. They won three games and beat two teams that owned them this year. Louisville was fresh, deep, and got extremely hot. I still think based on their last 12 games (5-7) to end the season, and even though they did win some good games at the Big East Tournament, this thrashing kind of brings those down a notch. So, I say they get a five seed and hit the road where the Cuse is 6-5, 3-2 on neutral courts. If that is about what happens, let’s take it one game at a time before talking anything like the Elite 8, let’s just hope they can get the first two.