On January 26 the No. 3-ranked Syracuse Orange were 18-1 and preparing to play the unranked Villanova Wildcats.
Since then the Orange are 4-5 and, after losing tonight to Marquette, will drop in the rankings again. It's been a rough month.
The good news, however, is you don't have to play your best in January and February since it's called "March" Madness. It's how you play that month that determines how far you go in the tournament. If you can win five in a row, then you get the chance to play on a Monday in April for the chance to have "One Shining Moment."
So don't worry about January and February.
Can Syracuse do well in March? Is it possible for them to be playing Monday, April 8 in Atlanta for the championship?
Yes. And here's the sure-fire 5-step plan for getting there.