Syracuse Basketball: Ranking Most Likely Orange March Madness Heroes

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Syracuse Basketball: Ranking Most Likely Orange March Madness Heroes
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Sunday is Selection Sunday, which means it's time for March Madness dreams which always involve heroes.

Orange dreams, circa 1987, introduced us to future Orange all-timer Derrick Coleman who led Syracuse to an exciting, albeit excruciating, last-second loss in the NCAA Championship game as a freshman.

The 1996 dreams were of a repeat of Kansas' 1988 Danny and the Miracles championship as Orange senior John Wallace put the team on his back, coming up just short to Kentucky in the championship game.

Then came the glorious spring of 2003.

Gerry McNamara made six three-pointers in the first half of the championship game against Kansas as a true freshman. Ponder that for a second...

Hakim Warrick came from the other side of the court to block Michael Lee's last-second game-tying shot.

As impressive as McNamara and Warrick were, they paled in comparison to the ultimate Syracuse hero...


'Melo was the Final Four Most Outstanding Player, scoring 33 points against Texas in the semifinal and 21 in the title game against Kansas.

Will there be a 2013 Orange hero?

If so, who will it be?

I've picked four potential March Madness heroes for Syracuse and ranked them in order with the most likely being the last one discussed.

In deciding on my rankings, I looked at each player's performance and potential. I looked at performance for the whole season, the last 10 regular season games and today's Big East tournament win over Seton Hall.

Time to dream.

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