The Syracuse Orange started the 2012-13 season 10-0 and were considered to be one of the top teams in the nation, reaching as high as No. 3 in the poll. However, after losing three of the last five games, including two in a row, it's easy to doubt that the Orange will make it to the Final Four.
'Cuse was hitting on all cylinders and riding high in January after back-to-back victories over ranked opponents. The Orange defeated then No. 1 Louisville on January 19th, and followed that up with a victory on January 21st over No. 21 Cincinnati.
The third-ranked Orange were then upset at Villanova in a game that started a downward spiral of bad luck and poor play. Syracuse entered the matchup against the Wildcats without the services of senior forward James Southerland, who was suspended due to an academic issue.
To make matters worse, starting forward DaJuan Coleman injured his knee against the Wildcats and has yet to return to action.
Though Southerland has since been reinstated, the Orange continue to struggle and now find themselves with a record of 22-6 (10-5) and tied for fourth place in the conference.
In spite of the recent poor play, barring a colossal meltdown, Syracuse is going to be in the NCAA tournament and will present a touch matchup for several teams.
That being said, any championship aspirations that this team had a month ago have since taken a hit.
Here are five reasons why fans shouldn't bet on the Orange making it to the Final Four.