The Syracuse Orange started their 2010-11 campaign on a tear, racing out to an 18-0 record and a No. 3 ranking in the country.
After hitting a cold patch and losing four straight and six of eight, the Orange righted the ship and finished with five straight wins. Two of their final five wins came against ranked teams in Villanova and Georgetown.
Currently sitting at No. 11 in the polls, the Orange need to make a statement in the Big East Conference Tournament if they want to secure a high seed in the NCAA Tournament. Winning the Big East Tournament could mean a No. 2 seed for the Orange, as a No. 1 seed seems out of reach.
The Big East is projected to have 11 teams compete in the 68-team NCAA Tournament. This makes the Big East, far and away, the best conference in college basketball this year.
Here's 10 reasons the Orange are geared and ready to make a run for the Big East Championship.