Ten days ago, Syracuse was embarrased by the 13th ranked team in the Big East, Depaul, losing on the road by 39 points. Tonight Gerry and the boys are Big East Champions.
Gerry has become one of the most popular basketball players ever at Syracuse. For good reason. McNamara kicked off the tournament Wednesday by hitting a running last-second 3-pointer to defeat Cincinnati. He then drilled an N.B.A.-range 3-pointer to force overtime in an upset of top-ranked Connecticut on Thursday. And he completed his hat trick of rescues against Georgetown with a flurry in the final minute. He hit a 3-pointer, assisted on the winning basket and forced a turnover to seal the victory.
An erratic team, but a team that came into their contests on the bubble and are now looking at a 5 to 7 seed in the Dance. Gregg Doyel, over at CBS, places Syracuse as a 5 seed. A 7 seed seems more fitting. But don't forget that they beat Cinncinati, UConn#1, Georgetown#23, and Pittsburgh#16. Syracuse did a lot more than just show up and play.
Boston College #11 vs Duke #3
· Two power-house basketball teams square up at 1PM EST. The Eagles dropped a heartbreaker against the Blue Devils in early February but covered as 5-point home dogs in the 83-81 loss. However, Duke has been struggling lately. A marquee game as a strong and powerful BC team is vowing for revenge. Duke will probably pull this game off behind the "home crowd" by a couple points.
South Carolina vs Florida #14
· South Carolina has beaten Tennessee and Kentucky in the tournament, two teams that they failed to beat during the regular season. The Gamecocks downed the Gators twice in the regular season. Florida has beaten Arkansas and LSU in the tournament and are looking to pad their resume for the big dance. South Carolina on the other hand are looking desperately for a win, as it is the only way that The Gamecocks are going to the Dance. South Carolina may find getting that 3rd win over the Gators to be an insurmountable task.
Big Ten Championship
#20 Iowa vs Ohio State #7
· Michigan State and Indiana were ousted today by Iowa and Ohio State respectively. The Hawkeyes and Buckeyes have already punched their tickets to the dance but are now looking to take home the honor of the winner of the Big Ten tournament, when they tip off at 3:30 EST. Both teams love the 3 ball, hopefully we will see some more points than the Iowa-MSU game, where both teams stayed in the 50s. Iowa is the sleeper in the Big 10 tournament.
Big 12 Championship
Kansas #18 vs Texas #8
· The two best teams in the Big 12 square off at 3 PM EST. The Longhorns' Tucker, Aldridge, Gibson, and Buckman will try to make lightning strike twice against a young Jayhawks team. Young but talented, KU is lead by the trio of guards Rush, Chalmers, and Robinson. I wouldn't be suprised to see Kansas pull off the upset.