Syracuse, NY – After his team strengthened its case for an NCAA tournament with a 64-54 victory over Clemson on Wednesday, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim seized the opportunity in his post-game press conference to present your team’s case.
The victory over Clemson, plus Orange’s win over North Carolina on Monday, boosted the NCAA’s hopes for Orange, which had lagged after last week’s losses at Duke and Georgia Tech.
Syracuse’s record now stands at 15-8 overall and 9-7 at ACC.
“It’s tough going 9-7 in this league,” Boeheim said. “Very difficult.”
Syracuse must now wait until the start of next week’s ACC tournament for its next opportunity to improve its NCAA profile. Syracuse is the only ACC team with a bye the final weekend of the regular season.
Most experts on NCAA support have Syracuse right on the cusp of an NCAA offering, but still from the outside looking in.
“I think we’ve done a lot,” Boeheim said. “I really do. I think it will be very difficult to choose this year’s tournament. I think our league is not getting enough respect. That is part of it. I think we have a lot of good teams. We don’t have the great team this year. We have a lot of good teams. Many good teams. We’ll see how it all plays out in the end. ”
Boeheim’s arguments on behalf of Orange did not include bad losses and an outstanding record against teams in NCAA Quadrants 2 and 3.
The weakness on Syracuse’s résumé would be the lack of a victory in Quadrant 1. Orange is 0-6 against teams that fall in Quadrant 1 of the NCAA.
“All I know for sure is that I think after today we’re 11-2 in Quad 2 and 3 games, which is pretty good,” Boeheim said. “We haven’t won the games in Quadrant 1, but we won all the games in Quadrant 2 and 3. We have had no serious losses and we have no losses in Quadrant 4.”
Boeheim tried to argue that he does not pay attention to braces, but his own words betrayed him because while criticizing the taunts, he admitted that he had seen them.
“I don’t look at that because I see a team that is 0-8 on the road this year and they are in the tournament or on the edge,” Boeheim said. “I don’t pay attention to those things anymore. I see teams with losing records that are still there. I mean, this is all speculation. ”
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