Syracuse Basketball: Notre Dame's Shocking Upset Will Not Derail Orange

Michael MillSenior Analyst IIIJanuary 21, 2012

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 11:  Brandon Triche #20 of the Syracuse Orange looks on against the Villanova Wildcats at the Wells Fargo Center on January 11, 2012 in Villanova, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)
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The No. 1 ranked Syracuse Orange (20-1) have suffered their first loss of the season to the unranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish (12-8).

The 67-58 final score allowed for one of the biggest shocks of the weekend in the sporting world.

The Orange had their worst night shooting this season. The 58 points they managed was a season low and they shot just 35.2 percent as a team. That's way below their season average of 48.6 percent.

Despite the stunning upset, there is no reason to panic in Syracuse.

The Orange are still going to remain as the top ranked team in the nation. They clearly are the best team in college basketball right now.

The last time a team went undefeated was the 1975-1976 season when the Indiana Hoosiers managed a 32-0 record. It's almost impossible to finish with an unblemished record.

Nobody expected that blemish to come from Notre Dame, but it doesn't mean there is any reason to panic.

The college basketball season is lengthy and the Orange still have to face many tough Big East opponents. It's unlikely they will even make it through the rest of the season without falling again.

However, they will still make the tournament, likely as one of the top seeds. Once there, they are going to be competitive.

One loss doesn't ruin a season. Syracuse will rebound strong and continue to be a favorite for the National Championship.