Battle is the fifth player in Syracuse history to reach 1,000 points in his first two seasons, joining Lawrence Moten, Johnny Flynn, 2003 NCAA Tournament victor Gerry McNamara and Billy Owens. On the season the Orange played 15 games against teams that made the NCAA tournament, going 6-9, and four of those losses came by six points or less, two in OT. "We weren't included. There are arguments in terms of what their process was, why they did it". But in the end, needing a couple of victories to make the NCAA tournament, the Orange beat Clemson in the regular-season finale and Wake Forest in the ACC tournament to secure an at-large bid. "It's just hard to understand".
This year there are a smaller number of mid-major "Davids" who fit the profile of being able to slay a high-ranked "Goliath".
The last two years, SportsLine's computer simulation correctly predicted nine out of 12 double-digit NCAA Tournament upsets in the first round with their computer algorithm. The Trojans are one of four top seeds in the 32-team bracket, appearing in the postseason tournament for the first time since 1999.
Shannon Evans II was second on the team, as they had four guys scoring double digits per game.
The Orange are 4-1 ATS in their last five NCAA Tournament games and 2-6 ATS in their last eight neutral-site games. Now that the Orange are in, how far can they go?
They were 3-9 against tournament teams.
"Had they knocked off Virginia they might have moved onto that line, " said Rasmussen. It's done. The tournament is set on Sunday. With the added motivation of this being the final time the senior trio suits up under the maroon and gold, it's safe to expect the Sun Devil seniors to be ready to play in the biggest games of their lives. "They've been in this game a lot longer than me, so they can teach me the things that can help me as a young player".
The first team All-MAC selection is the leading rebounder amongst guards in the conference, a feat that comes from his unmatched work ethic.
"I think it's unfortunate for our league", Alford said crosstown at Pauley Pavilion.
"It's definitely a factor of who you play, " said Rasmussen.
Tra Holder #0 of the Arizona State Sun Devils handles the ball during the first half of the college basketball game against the Longwood Lancers at Wells Fargo Arena on December 19, 2017 in Tempe, Arizona. The Sun Devils had an 8-10 conference record and lost to Colorado in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament. Led by former IN coach Mike Davis, Texas Southern has won seven straight games, and plays one of the fastest tempos IN the country.
"I'll leave that to investigative reporters to figure out", Swann said.
To which we say: Well done. They talked about them making the tournament so matter-of-factly.