Last season the Syracuse Orange entered the NCAA Tournament as a No. 1 seed and they went as far as the Elite Eight. This season, the Orange were a No. 4 seed and they have made it to the Final Four. Seeding clearly is not a big deal for this team.
Syracuse was easily one of the best team’s in college basketball last year and although it did not have its full team entering the tournament, it was still a little disappointing that the Orange got ousted in the Elite Eight.
Not many people expected a whole lot from this team entering this year’s dance, which is why they received a No. 4 seed. However, Syracuse has looked as good as ever and it is just one win away from making the national championship game. This year’s Syracuse team lost a lot of talent from last season, but it still had some great players, like Michael Carter-Williams, who has emerged as one of the best point guards in the nation.
Being a No. 1 seed is great and all, but as Syracuse has shown, it does not guarantee a team making it to the Final Four or beyond. What really matters is matchups. It also helps that the Orange are playing their best basketball of the season right now, at least on the defensive side of the ball.
Not only has Syracuse looked better as a No. 4 seed this year, it has also made it farther than last year’s team. At the end of the day, that is all that really matters.