For the third straight year, Syracuse sat firmly on the bubble. A back injury kept him out of all but 2 minutes in the opener until playing 23 minutes of the Tigers' loss to Georgia in the SEC Tournament.
Ayton is a lock to be taken in the National Basketball Association draft lottery after this season, but first he'll see how far he can carry the Wildcats in the NCAA Tournament. Syracuse was never particularly great at any point this season, but registered enough quality wins.
Arizona State will play Syracuse on Wednesday in Dayton, OH at 6:10 pm.
"We look at the entire body of work". "We know they stumbled down the stretch, and that certainly affected their seeding, but they had enough on their resume to get in".
Syracuse's inclusion in the NCAA Tournament field over teams like Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Notre Dame and others brought out plenty of hot takes on Sunday night including from one very predictable hater.
That is the time when the nation saw the Arizona State pitchfork appear on their televisions as an at-large bid.
Louisville, USC and Oklahoma State were among the biggest snubs from the dance. But the Bobby Hurley's crew, who were 20-11 overall and had an RPI of 66, beat out USC, who played Arizona in the Pac-12 tournament final was had an RPI of 33, and Saint Mary's, who went 28-5 and held an RPI of 40. The Gaels picked up their only noteworthy win at Gonzaga, while the Blue Raiders missed opportunities against Auburn, USC and Miami.