Orange Bubble Bursts
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.
Images courtesy of Icon SMI