Syracuse men’s basketball not selected for NCAA Tournament

first_img Published on March 12, 2017 at 6:10 pm Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse failed to make the NCAA Tournament, the first time SU has missed the field while being eligible in nine years. The Orange will find out its draw for the National Invitation Tournament later Sunday night.SU, which finished the season 18-14 and 10-8 in conference play, got off to its worst start ever through 12 games (7-5) in Jim Boeheim’s 41 years as head coach. Syracuse suffered five nonconference losses, three of which came to St. John’s (by 33), Georgetown and Connecticut. All three of those teams finished outside the RPI Top 100.The Orange began Atlantic Coast Conference play with a brutal 15-point loss at Boston College, one of only two wins for the Eagles in league play. The loss foreshadowed struggles to come away from the Carrier Dome – SU finished with a 2-11 record away from home, with its wins coming at North Carolina State and Clemson, two of the bottom four teams in the league.After the Orange fell to Miami, 62-57, in the second round of the ACC tournament on Wednesday, Boeheim made his case for his team to be included in the field.The crux of his argument: Syracuse had six wins against RPI Top 50 teams. The selection committee wants teams that can win, and the Orange proved it could against Tournament competition more than other bubble teams.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Coach told me not to say this,” said point guard John Gillon, before hesitating a moment after SU’s loss to Miami, “but I don’t think a lot of teams that beat three Top 10 teams didn’t get in. It probably hasn’t happened before.”In the end, those wins, against Florida State, Virginia and Duke didn’t help Syracuse enough. Last season, Boeheim said the Orange earned a No. 10 seed because of five Top 50 wins, two of which came on a neutral court in the Bahamas against Texas A&M and Connecticut.This year, no such dice as a result of Syracuse’s top wins. The Orange will be playing in the consolation tournament for the first time in almost a decade. Commentslast_img read more

MLB trade rumors: Todd Frazier would be ‘OK’ if Mets dealt him

first_img“I am playing the game, just like Zack is, and we’re trying to play to the best of our ability,” Frazier said. “And until I hear something from my agent or Brodie [Van Wagenen, general manager] or somebody within the Mets organization, then I will start thinking about it because it’s out of your control. You want to be thoughtless up there when you hit.”By now, Frazier is used to the trade talks and speculation around the deadline as he’s been part of two deals since he started his career with the Reds in 2011. Cincinnati sent him to the White Sox in 2015 and then just under two years later, he was dealt to the Yankees before the 2017 trade deadline. He then signed with the Mets the following offseason.  Yankees activate Domingo German to pitch against Mets Mets third baseman Todd Frazier isn’t concerned about a potential trade. “If I get traded, OK,” Frazier said Wednesday before the Mets’ 5-1 loss to the Yankees (via The New York Post). “If not, I am glad to be here as a Met. I am doing something, so it’s always good to be wanted.” MLB trade rumors: Mets will ‘have no issues’ sending Zack Wheeler to Yankees Frazier’s name popped up in rumors earlier this week indicating New York may move some of its veteran players before the July 31 trade deadline. With his two-year, $17 million contract set to expire after the 2019 season, the Mets reportedly are looking for a return before he heads into free agency.Pitchers Zack Wheeler and Jason Vargas are among the other Mets veterans expected to spark interest before the deadline who possibly could be moved.  Related News “The Mets gave me this opportunity, and I have got to fill that out until my last day here with the Mets,” Frazier said. “I give it my all every day, and the bottom line is if somebody else was willing to take me and [the Mets] are willing to get a trade and get something back in return, that is part of it. But right now I am a Met and happy to be a Met.”Frazier, 33, is slashing .256/.335/.450 in 63 games this season with 11 home runs and 34 RBIs.The Mets (39-48) enter Thursday’s play in fourth place in the National League East, trailing the division-leading Braves by 12 games. MLB trade rumors: Mets open to moving Todd Frazier, Jason Vargaslast_img read more