Look, I want to say this is amazing what Syracuse is doing. I want to say that we’ve never seen anything like this before. But we have. Cuse did this just a few years ago, and they’re back at it again. Enjoy the moment, Syracuse Nation. This is amazing, amazing stuff.
Considering that I’ve picked against the Cuse the last two days, I really shouldn’t say that I warned before the tournament started of a red-hot Syracuse team, and I really should say that I argued for Cuse on this site back in early January. The debate was on who was better: Syracuse or Georgetown. Obviously, we now know the answer. Anyway, on to tonight’s championship game.
#1 Louisville vs #6 Syracuse
Congratulations Louisville, you’ve been one-upped again! The Cards came into the tournament crying about how they didn’t get any respect, about how all anyone talked about was Pitt and UConn. Now Pitt and UConn are long gone, and still, nobody is talking about Louisville. It’s actually quite amusing. The only way to earn some of that banter around the water cooler is to go out and beat up on the current darlings of the Big East tournament. Do I dare pick against Syracuse for a third straight game? Of course! The Cardinals pressure should be too much more the Orange too handle and I truly believe the Cards will win this one in style. The Big East tournament has never seen a victor come from an expansion team (not including Villanova and Pitt who entered in the early 80s). That’s right, for those of you keeping track, only teams from the 80s version of this conference have won this tournament. In fact, up until this point, West Virginia is the only expansion team to ever even make the final. That was 2005, and who did they lose to? Yes, that was Syracuse.
Anyway, it’s been a great, great tournament, and tonight’s final should be no exception. Expect Louisville to win, but expect a world class effort from the Orange to close out one of the greatest seasons in the 30-year history of this conference.