With the Syracuse Orange having recently ascended to their third #1 ranking in five years, a lot of the talk has been if Jim Boeheim’s squad is the team to beat. The notion has been phrased different ways; “the national title Syracuse’s to lose”, “The title is there for the taking”, but all boil down to the idea that Syracuse is really, really good and deserve their share of time at #1. The fact that Syracuse’s selection was the first unanimous one since Duke in the 2010-11 season lends weight to that argument and, of course, a 23-0 record doesn’t hurt either.
Yet, looking back at that Orange this season, another phrase comes to mind when I think of this particular squad: a team of destiny.
Now, what do I mean when I say that? Do I mean that I literally believe some cosmic entity has preordained the Orange to win a national title? Well…no, of course not. What I mean is that whatever it’s taken for Syracuse to win, that’s exactly what has happened.