Any time a coach misses a tournament, he’s going to be disappointed. Obviously Jim Boeheim is among those.
Syracuse missed the NCAA Tournament this year after going 18-14 overall and 10-8 in the ACC. Just a year ago, the Orange were a controversial at-large team before marching all the way to the Final Four. This season, Syracuse beat Miami, Florida State, Virginia and Duke at home but suffered bad losses and lost early in the ACC Tournament.
In response to missing out this year, Boeheim has made his way on different media appearances. In this ESPN conversation with Rece Davis and Jay Bilas, Boeheim brought up Michigan State and USC specifically.
The Spartans got in as a No. 9 seed and face No. 8 Miami despite a 19-14 record while USC is in at 24-9 despite no good road wins. The Trojans face Providence in Dayton in the First Four.
Vanderbilt also made NCAA Tournament history by getting in as an at-large with 15 losses. The Commodores are a No. 9 seed.
“I love Michigan State, but they lost 14 games and they didn’t have as many good wins as we had,” Boeheim said. “Southern Cal, they always talk about did you challenge yourself in the nonconference, they obviously didn’t and their two wins were at home. There’s a little inconsistency there, but at the end of the day, it is what it is and there isn’t as much consistency as maybe you would like to see.”
Syracuse faces UNC Greensboro in the first round of the NIT.
Jim Boeheim, Syracuse miss NCAA Tournament, make NIT
The Orange will host UNC Greensboro in the NIT first round at the Dome on Tuesday at 7pm pic.twitter.com/lJTh5Zrl0L
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