Syracuse made an improbable run to the Final Four last year, and Reid Forgrave thinks the Orange (17-13) could do it again.
“I think they’re a team that could make the Final Four – just like last year,” the Bleacher Report college basketball writer said on CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show. “Look, last year’s Syracuse team, even though they made the Final Four, it doesn’t justify the fact that I think they were seeded way too high. I don’t think they deserved to be (a 10 seed). At best, they deserved to be in the First Four. I personally didn’t think they deserved to be in the field, but hey, they won four games in a row. They caught some breaks while doing it, but they were awesome in March.”
Syracuse has lost four of its last five games, albeit to stiff competition, with the one win coming against Duke. The Orange, who have beaten three top-10 teams this year, close the regular season against Georgia Tech on Saturday. Tip-off is at 4 p.m. ET.
“You better beat Georgia Tech,” Forgrave said. “If you lose to Georgia Tech at home, the bubble gets a little bit iffy for you. But this team has tons of talent. John Gillon has been one of the revelations of college basketball this year.”
Gillon, a Colorado State transfer, is averaging 11.1 points, 5.3 assists, 1.5 steals and is shooting 42.1 percent from three-point range.
“No one saw this guy coming,” Forgrave said. “No one saw his ability to make bank shots at the buzzer to beat Duke. Andrew White is one of the best three-point shooters when he’s on in all of college basketball. Tyler Lydon is an NBA prospect. This team has tons of talent. They were really struggling. There was a point where they were sitting around .500 right in middle-January, but they won some big games. Do I think they could go all the way? It wouldn’t shock me. It shocked me last year, but I think it feels like I kind of learned my lesson.