Odds to Win It All: 15-1
Difficulty of Path: Because the Orange will face No. 1 seed Indiana right off the bat in the East semis, Syracuse obviously faces an immediate and intimidating test. If (and that’s a huge if) the Orange advance to the Elite Eight, they will most likely have to get past Miami to book their trip to the ATL.
Reason to Buy: The Orange’s fabled 2-3 zone is shutting down opponents from beyond the arc. Montana and Cal shot a combined 8-of-52 (15.4 percent) from distance. On the year, Syracuse is No. 6 in the nation in three-point FG defense, holding teams to 28.9 percent.
Reason to Sell: Syracuse is in trouble if it gets in a close game and has to hit free throws down the stretch. On the season, the Orange are hitting only 67.5 percent. Jim Boeheim’s bunch had 41 attempts from the line against Cal but only hit 26 of them (63.4 percent)
Could Cut Down the Nets If: From here on out, they do not have any more 12-minute field-goal droughts like they had against Cal.