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CNY residents share anxiety over SU basketball’s bubble status

Syracuse guard Tyus Battle (25) drives to the basket against Louisville. (c) 2018 AP. Photo by Timothy D. Easley.

Click the play button above to hear Central New York residents’ thoughts on Syracuse’s NCCA tournament chances.

Audio Transcript: SU’s tournament chances

By Joshua Widman SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC NEWS) — It’s going to be another nervous Selection Sunday for Orange fans.

After missing the NCAA tournament a season ago, Syracuse is 19-12, including an 8-10 record in the ACC. “I’m not feeling great about it,” said Matt Walsh, a Central New York resident. “We’re gonna have to win two games.” Walsh is talking about having to win two games in the ACC tournament.

The Orange is the 11th seed in the tournament and will face Wake Forest in the first round tonight at 7 p.m. If SU can get past Wake Forest, it will face North Carolina on Wednesday night.

“I don’t really know what to make of their tournament odds,” said Tyler Noone , another CNY resident. “Every time I think they’re gonna win, they lose, and vice versa.”

Both Walsh and Noone agreed the Orange needs to beat North Carolina to feel secure about having a spot in the big dance. SU split its season series with Wake Forest and suffered a devastating home loss to North Carolina on February 21.

“I think Carolina is gonna be really difficult,” Walsh said. “Anything can happen.”

In 2016, SU made the NCAA tournament with an 18-13 record, including a 9-9 record in the ACC. In 2017, the Orange failed to make the tournament with a 10-8 conference record and an 18-13 overall record.

Syracuse has never won an ACC tournament game. The Orange joined the conference in 2013.


Listen here for the full interview with Tyler Noone: 

Audio Transcript: Noone transcript

Listen here for the full interview with Matt Walsh: 

Audio Transcript: Walsh transcript