Syracuse spent a large chunk of the season undefeated and as arguably the favorite to win a national championship.
The Orange were 20-0 before center Fab Melo served a three-game suspension. During that span, they suffered their first loss. They won another 11 consecutive games before falling in the Big East tournament.
They faced off today against an incredibly game No. 16 seed in UNC-Asheville.
Fab Melo was out of the lineup once again, seriously hindering the title hopes of the Orange. Losing the Big East defensive player of the year is tough to overcome, but Syracuse took the first step today, no matter how ugly it was.
Here is what we learned from its performance today.