What does the Orange have to do to secure a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament? Many Syracuse fans would ask a very different question.
Why would we want to be a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament?
While Syracuse certainly would like to be a No. 1 seed, it's understandable that some would pose that question. In both 2010 and 2012, the Orange earned that distinction only to lose critical players on the eve of the tournament.
Arinze Onuaku's knee and Fab Melo's academic issues cost the Orange legitimate chances at a second national championship. Big-men Rakeem Christmas, DaJuan Coleman and Baye Moussa Keita must be looking at each other wondering if one of them will be this year's casualty.
I'm going out on a limb and predicting that James Southerland's eligibility issue is the lone crisis to hit the team this year. While there is a long way to go, it certainly looks like Jerami Grant will help ease the loss of Southerland should he not come back.
So Rakeem, DaJuan and Baye can relax. Brandon Triche will get to go out with a solid shot at a championship if the team follows this blueprint to a No. 1 seed.