The Orange Should Not Wear Blue

Stacey RiceContributor IFebruary 26, 2008

The Syracuse Orange surprised the viewers who tuned into CBS on Sunday expecting to see the Orange take on the Irish.


Instead of seeing five orange jerseys out on the court, viewers saw a sea of blue, leaving many questioning if they were tuned into the right game.


The Syracuse Orange revealed an alternate blue road-jersey on Sunday as they took on the Irish of Notre Dame at the Joyce Center in South Bend, Ind.


It was the first time since the 1987-1988 loss to Kentucky that Syracuse wore blue on the road, and perhaps it should be the last time.


Despite Paul Harris and Arinze Onuaku both putting up double-doubles for the Orange, Syracuse lost the contest 94-87 to Notre Dame.


Maybe the orange jerseys would have intimidated Irish guard Kyle McAlarney who shot lights out from behind the arc.


McAlarney posted 30 points including nine three-point field goals, breaking a school record and the hearts of orange fans.


A win over No. 21 ranked Notre Dame would have provided the Orange with that key road win they need to be considered for the NCAA tournament.


Instead Syracuse is left facing the NIT for the second year in a row, unless they can pull out a miraculous end to an up and down season.


Many think the only shot Syracuse has at regaining tournament hopes is by replaying their back-to-back 2005 and 2006 runs to the Big East Championship, but this time without Gerry McNamara.


It is questionable whether Syracuse would be put on the bubble with solid wins over Pittsburg this coming Saturday at the Carrier Dome, Seaton Hall on the road, and finishing out the regular season hosting Marquette at home on March 8.


The answer is probably not.


A good run in the Big East Tournament may help, but after being snubbed last year, securing a bid by winning the Big East is the only tournament certainty.


If Syracuse wants to be included in Selection Sunday, when they arrive at Madison Square Garden they better unpack the orange jerseys and stop feeling so blue.