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Bubble Burst: Syracuse Basketball left out of 2017 NCAA Tournament

Members of the SU men's basketball team look on during Selection Sunday. (PHOTO: @Cuse_MBB/Twitter)

Instead of the NCAA Tournament, the Syracuse University men's basketball program is preparing for the National Invitational Tournament.

As SU fans watched the CBS Selection Sunday special in anxiousness and anticipation, Syracuse's name was never called as the 68-team field was revealed.

It was widely thought that the Orange would more than likely be playing in the Last Four, which takes place from Dayton, Ohio. Because of SU's inconsistent resume, though, many also thought it was very possible that the Orange would not make the field.

Those people were ultimately correct.

Syracuse was left out because of its 2-11 record in road or neutral site games and 84 RPI ranking. However, the Orange featured a 6-8 record against teams in the RPI Top 50. Those six wins were the most among all of this year's bubble teams.

Rather than Syracuse, the NCAA Committee chose Providence, USC, Kansas State and Wake Forest. The one argument SU fans would have with the last four in, is that the Orange defeated Wake Forest in the one head-to-head matchup.

Nonetheless, SU will now shift its attention to the NIT where it will be a No. 1 seed. The NIT Selection Show will be held at 8:30 p.m. on ESPNU.

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