Would you call a team that won 94 percent of their games overrated?
I would be called a fool for saying that Kentucky, who has a 32-2 record (.941 winning percentage) is overrated.
But ask anyone who follows college basketball, read what any of the pundits, the "experts" have to say about this year's Syracuse team—who have a record of 31-2 (.939 winning percentage)—and they will tell you that Syracuse simply is not in Kentucky's class.
This is not some new phenomenon that just started this year. On a yearly basis, Syracuse is dismissed by most for one reason or another. In some cases, the criticism is warranted and fairly accurate—the Orange have faltered in the NCAA tournament before.
In others, the criticism is baseless.
But through it all, one thing has remained constant—generally speaking, Syracuse gets no respect, even when they are a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.
And that's just the way they like it.
Those who have followed the Orange understand why this team is different than those that have come before them—including the 2002-03 National Champions.
Those who have not are in for a surprise.
Your 2011-12 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament Champions will be the Syracuse Orange.
For your printable bracket for the 2012 NCAA tournament, click here.
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