Orange Bubble Bursts

Mar 12, 2008


That orange liquid that splattered all over Syracuse fans was Syracuse’s NCAA tournament bubble bursting following the 82-63 loss to Villanova.  Syracuse had a nine point lead in the first half, but a 8-0 run sparked Villanova to pound Syracuse by twenty points in the second half.  Leading the way was Scottie Reynolds, who had 22 points and 6 assists.  Corey Stokes came off the bench to add 18 points of his own.  Donte Greene lead Syracuse with 17 points, but he only made 5 of his 18 shots.

With the victory Villanova gets to face Georgetown tomorrow.  Syracuse’s fate is much worse.  With the loss they fall to 19-13 and an spot in the National Invitation Tourament.  It’s the second straight year that the ‘Cuse hasn’t qualified for the NCAA Tournament.  I guess the bright side is I don’t have to pick Syracuse to win a game or two in the tournament, which would likely mess up my bracket.  If Donte Green, Johnny Flynn, Paul Harris, and Arinze Onuaku all return next year, and Eric Devendorf can come back from an ACL injury, Syracuse should be able to return to greatness.  Until then, I’ll have to pick a new team to root for.  Oh yeah, and I’ll actually have to pay attention to the NIT. 

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6 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. king44
    March 12th, 2008 at 2:48 pm #

    We’ve got all these supposed super freshman but obviously none turned out to be a Carmelo like many had anticipated. Just goes to prove and make us appreciate how good Melo and Gerry were together as frosh. ahh the good old days. well can always look forward to football season. NIT should be canned. Don’t remember many leagues I played in when you didn’t come in the top 7 or 8 in the league and still played post-season. sh%t-can the NIT or leave it for the minor leagues. Don’t need to see the 7th place ACC team play the 8th place SEC team. Just a buch of losers. They deserve to go home.

  2. Ryan Lester
    March 12th, 2008 at 3:06 pm #

    King – I sense your bitterness and your longing for yesteryears, but you have to remember the NIT was the original tournament. Yeah, it stinks, but you can’t get rid of it. What you can do is get rid of it and changed the name of the main tournament to the NIT. Don’t see that happening, but a tournament that old probably shouldn’t be just cast aside.

  3. king44
    March 12th, 2008 at 3:31 pm #

    well someone else play in it. It needs to be re-drawn up for smaller league participants. Any big east, acc, sec, big 10, etc team that is in that tourney doesn’t deserve to be playing post-season.

  4. Ryan Lester
    March 13th, 2008 at 7:35 am #

    king – good points. although those big conference schools are the ones who get the advertising dollar and put butts in the seats.

  5. The King
    March 13th, 2008 at 9:02 am #

    well, with that excuse may as well just prolong the season for 10 more games to put more “butts in the seat”. Actually probably could get more “butts in the seats” if the game meant something to someone from a smaller school. It’s sad but Syracuse I think broke the NIT attendance record last season with only 26,000, so by no means are NIT games raining in the money, but we all know that game was because it was Gerry’s potentail last game.

  6. Ryan Lester
    March 13th, 2008 at 9:10 am #

    Good points. I guess I just don’t want to see the game go because of the history of the tournament. It really is a shame the way it’s become. There is talk about expanding the NCAA tournament, which would make the NIT even less attractive. Maybe the postseason NIT should go away and just promote the preseason NIT even more. Make a deal where the previous year’s Sweet 16 gets to go at it again. Same pairings. That would be kind of fun.

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