Hoping to gain momentum heading into the ACC Tournament, Syracuse did the opposite. Instead the Orange lost to one of the worst teams in the conference. With that being said, here are the major takeaways:
Syracuse drops from fifth seed to seventh seed in Tournament
SU controlled its own destiny, and would have been seeded two spots higher if it won. Of course Elijah Hughes not playing in the second half was a massive blow for SU.
But remember, the Hurricanes were missing their best player for the whole game – Chris Lykes. Even with both of those guys on the bench, this is a team Syracuse should defeat handily. Instead, two of the last three games against bottom ACC teams (UNC and Miami) resulted in bad losses. In a time when Syracuse desperately needed wins to still have a chance at March Madness, it faltered.
Sloppiest game of the season
This game should’ve been played in a rec gym. At least that’s what the level of competition looked like. All game long the ball bounced around the court, maneuvering in and out of players hands. Bourama Sidibe couldn’t hold on to the ball and Elijah Hughes finished with four turnovers in the first half.
Both sides all created a dent in the side of the ball with how many times the ball whacked off the side of the rim.
If anyone still unfathomably thought there was hope to this season, those hopes should be dashed. Barring an ACC Tournament Championship, this team will be playing in the NIT. Of course, that’s not what anyone hoped for, but it’s still basketball against teams Syracuse rarely sees.