Originally written on Players View  |  Last updated 11/16/14

At Players View, we all have our thoughts who is going to win it all in the NCAA Men’s BasketBall Tournament. Adam Rosen is is going all in with the Syracuse Orange.

There was always doubt.

There was always doubt how good this Syracuse team really was.

Maybe it was their 10-0 record versus Non-conference opponents, which included DePaul, Tulane, Colgate and Manhattan, yielding strength of schedule of 88.

Maybe it was because two days before the top-seeded Orange were to debut in the NCAA tournament, the university announced that Fab Melo had again been ruled ineligible and would not be available for Syracuse’s NCAA title run.

In the three games without him, the Orange’s numbers dropped from 35.4 points in the paint to 28.7 and from 13.5 second-chance points to 6.3, but even more important than Melo’s offense, would be losing his presence in the middle of the 2-3 zone defense.

Maybe it was because Syracuse almost became the first No. 1 seed to lose to a No. 16 seed since the field went to 64 in 1985, but after their seven point victory over UNC-Ashville, the Orange made it 109-0 against a sixteen-seed.

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