Syracuse miss their chance

08 March 2018 09:10:40 EST
Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim.

The Oklahoma Sooners, Arizona State Sun Devils and Syracuse Orange may well be out of the NCAA Tournament after all three fell in Conference Tournament action on Wednesday.

It's a large fall from grace for both the Sooners and the Sun Devils who were once ranked in the Top 5 in the nation only to stumble badly down the stretch with defeat after defeat. At least one prominent bracketologist has both Oklahoma and Arizona State still in the Tournament, but only just, projected to take part against each other in the First Four in Dayton.

Meanwhile Syracuse, who beat just one ranked team all season, lost to North Carolina 78-59 and with it probably went their shot at an at-large bid. You never know with the Tournament committee who have a tendency to over-rate mid-table ACC teams though.

That may well also be the case with Notre Dame who somehow survived against Virginia Tech and moved on to face the Duke Devils. The Fighting Irish, like Oklahoma and Arizona State, were also ranked in the Top 5 during the early days of the regular campaign and remain the most polarising team on the bubble. Like Syracuse, Notre Dame have a single win over a ranked team, getting the better of Wichita State.

Nobody yet has Notre Dame claiming an at-large bid, the issue is whether the Irish are bubble worthy at this point. Oklahoma State, who beat Oklahoma and swept Kansas during the regular campaign have a much better argument for example.

Oklahoma State are 3000/1 to win the NCAAB Championship outright, while Duke can be backed at 13/4 and Michigan State at 3000/1.

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