College Basketball gyms all across America are beginning to quiet down. The Mid-Major conference tournaments, where the champion is usually crowned at the No. 1 seeds home court, are almost the only home venues still hosting its college basketball team.
No more camping outside of historic venues for the students until next December. No more desperately searching out tickets for a sold-out game on a cold Saturday night. All this can only mean one thing: The College Basketball regular season has wrapped up. Every single game left will now bear the moniker of “tournament game” whether it is conference, NCAA, NIT or any one of those other “relevant” postseason competitions.
It’s the best time of the year for the NCAA, the athletes involved, and the fans. Throw Vegas in there too, because no doubt, it makes a ton of money off all the gambling. It’s heaven on Earth for every one of us who bleeds college basketball, and it’s always over way too fast. Even more exciting for fans, is being a fan of a team that is believed to be a serious contender for some serious net-cutting at the end of the NCAA tournament.
This year, fans of the Syracuse Orange get to enjoy that privilege, nail-biting as it may be. They put behind them a fantastic regular season, one of the best ever for Syracuse, and focus on the looming tournaments. For a team to be as good as the Orange was this year, it has to function as a whole. In other words, every major component of this team had to contribute, and they did all year long.
The Academy awards wrapped up its ceremony last night, with the deserving best picture taking home the gold. However, another important awards season is also upon us: College Basketball's. The all-conference teams have started to roll in, and soon the conference players of the year will be announced. Soon after, the big-time awards will be revealed: National player of the year and the All-American team.
With all of America becoming wrapped up in some sort of awards in one way or another, I thought it'd be fun to look at an awards ceremony that regards only the Syracuse Orange. In this slideshow, we'll award the great—and not so great—moments and players from this past regular season of Syracuse Orange Basketball.