Call it a spoiler alert if you want, but the best-case scenario for the Orange is not that the bus—carrying those Bulls, Pirates, Panthers, Hoyas or Cardinals—gets lost in Manhattan and never makes it to Madison Square Garden.
No, I am dealing here with the best-case scenario involving what I believe the Orange can do and not what any of us thinks they will do.
What are the chances that they will do what they can do?
That's the beauty of sports, especially with college kids. So much of it depends on whether or not they just had a fight with their girlfriend, struggled with a test, got crushed in a video game or discovered a pimple that morning.
In this case, it depends on the ability of these young men to cope with the voice in their head telling them they can't do something that they've done at a very high level for years.
Play good basketball.
Dr. Phil has a better chance of fixing this than Jim Boeheim. But this can be fixed. If Brandon Triche makes his first two shots, he could go on to shoot eight-of-15 and score 24 points in leading Syracuse.