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The Syracuse Fan’s Guide to March Madness

The SU season has been a roller coaster, much like this winter in CNY. There’s been bitter cold (plethora of non-conference losses) alongside unseasonably warm days (beating UVA). The good news is no matter what happens, the NCAA Tournament is a great way for us to avoid work. And now with legalized sports betting expanding in New York, there’s a new way to enjoy the action even if SU isn’t playing. Click here to bet on March Madness. Sportsbooks have sprouted around New York State, and online betting sites allow college basketball fans an easy way to get involved. Looking for a way to keep the March Madness going even without SU in the tourney?

Going into the ACC Tournament, there’s only one happy outcome: win the whole thing. Can it happen? And if not is there a sliver lining for Orange fans? Here we go.

How to Beat the Big Boys? There are four top dogs in the ACC. Can SU actually beat them? It starts with getting past its first game (the winner of Virginia Tech and UNC). Here’s the blueprint.

Is this worst-case scenario for SU? Even though UNC is suffering through one of its most disastrous seasons ever, the Heels still have SU’s number. Here’s why this is a bad draw for the Orange.

What does the All-ACC Team look like? While it’s likely the Orange is playing in the NIT next week, at least Elijah Hughes should get his due. Here’s our look at the conference’s awards.

How can I watch the games in person? While the sports world has been concerned about health issues, March Madness is getting ready to fire up again. Here’s how fans can research information about attending the games, and the events around the Final Four.

SU’s season has been difficult to swallow, but March Madness sweeps us all up anyway. The nation’s best all seem to have flaws anyway (like San Diego State, Baylor, Kansas and Dayton). The mid-majors have more reason to believe than ever. And last year’s UVA story and Texas Tech’s march should make any program believe no matter what they’ve been through, if they get in they can make a deep run. Here’s goes March.

Bill Self’s early tournament busts have many critics expecting the same again this year. The Jayhawks have perhaps the most talent, but Self only has one national championship and it was more than a decade ago. Can this KU team do what so many others couldn’t? There’s also the spectre of the NCAA investigation hanging over Self and the program during this run.

San Diego State has been one of the nation’s best stories this year. Not many thought they could dominate the way they did. The Aztecs clinched the Mountain West regular season midway through February. But the upset to Utah State in the conference tourney once again pulled into question whether San Diego State was as good as the regular season suggested.

Dayton has perhaps the best player in the tournament. Obi Toppin has dominanted this season. But are the Flyers deep enough to actually knock off multiple power conference foes? Kentucky is looming as a dangerous team, but the Wildcats work unnaturally hard for their offense. These Cats don’t have a surefire lottery pick like teams of recent vintage. Tom Izzo has waited twenty years to get another championship. Perhaps the Spartans deliver it again for the first time since 2000? The bracket is hard to predict normally, but this year it’ll be even tougher.

The Fizz is owned, edited and operated by Damon Amendolara. D.A. is an ’01 Syracuse graduate from the Newhouse School with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.


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