After losing seven of their final 12 games, the Syracuse Orange were not heading in the right direction as the postseason began. However, a run to the Big East Championship final should give Syracuse confidence heading into the Big Dance.
Despite blowing a 16-point lead in the second half of the championship game against Louisville, there are lessons that can be learned and applied as the Orange get ready to start the NCAA tournament.
The Orange were placed in the East bracket as a fourth seed. They open play on Thursday against Montana, the champions of the Big Sky Conference.
Once considered a favorite to be a top seed in the tourney, the Orange now have a tougher road ahead of them. If they are going to compete for a national championship, there are several factors that must fall into place.