Posted on: March 12, 2008 3:21 am

Syracuse-Villanova is an elimination game

Here's what I know about Syracuse-Villanova: The loser has no shot at the NCAA tournament.

Does that mean the winner is in?

Not definitely.

That'll probably hinge on which team wins -- because I believe Syracuse (currently in my field) is in slightly better shape than Villanova (currently out of my field) heading into tip-off of Wednesday's first round game of the Big East Tournament -- and how that team then performs against Georgetown in Thursday's quarterfinals. Will a subsequent win over Georgetown be necessary to make the NCAA tournament? Not necessarily. But it wouldn't hurt. And a bad loss could be devastating. And seriously, what's better than this?

Two power programs from a power league are tipping-off at noon ET in what is essentially an elimination game for the NCAA tournament, and when it's over either Jim Boeheim or Jay Wright will make plans for the NIT. That's not a bad way to get the major conference tournaments started. So if you can take a long lunch break you might be wise to do it.
Category: NCAAB
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