Ah, New York State—pretty much no top-tier football teams, but it can be counted on year after year to have at least one or two NCAA tournament teams.
So even though it's college football season and still a couple of months away from the basketball season, it's time for us New Yorkers to start thinking about hoops.
That led me to pondering this question: "Which is the best team in the state of New York?"
Syracuse is the obvious choice and probably the first name that would pop into anyone's head.
Last year at this time the easy choice would undoubtedly have been the Orange. They could have even been considered one of the best in the Big East and maybe the country.
They had height inside (from Arinze Onuaku), athleticism (Paul Harris), clutch shooting (Eric Devendorf), and most importantly, they certainly had heart and a never say die attitude (Jonny Flynn).
Well, now Flynn is gone from 'Cuse and on to the NBA, so where does that leave the Orange? Forget about the Big East; are they even the best team in the state of New York?
The answer may surprise you.