Thursday, February 18, 2010

Two for Two

Written for your enjoyment by: Raff

If you're a Fan Blog reader - chances are you're either a Mount fan or a Syracuse fan. As you know, I'm a fan of both. So Thursday night was a good night. A real good night. Any night you beat Georgetown is a good night.

The Mount and Syracuse each moved a step closer to the first round NCAA matchup that I'm looking for. The Orange versus the Mountaineers in Buffalo. I became pretty sure it would happen the other week, when I accepted an engagement on the 18th of March. After watching the two teams play tonight - and most of my viewing was with the Mount, I can really see it happening.

The win over Georgetown leaves the Orange in strong shape to claim to a #1 seed in the NCAA tournament. As much as the Louisville loss really didn't bother me, it really made it possible that the team could miss out on a top seed. And by no means is this team guaranteed of anything as far as the seeds are concerned. But if they run the table the rest of the regular season, they'll be tough to ignore by the committee for a top slot come Selection Sunday.

One thing to note - about the rest of this season and the future of Orange basketball that was huge from tonight's win. On Sunday when they needed a bucket late, I was calling for them to go to Kris Joseph. That didn't happen over the weekend, but it did happen tonight - and the sophomore delivered. Maybe it was the matchup tonight, but there was no way Joseph was going to be stopped at the end of the game. Very encouraging to see for the near and ongoing future of Syracuse hoops.

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