The one seed in the East Region of the 2012 NCAA Tournament, the Syracuse Orange, narrowly defeated the Wisconsin Badgers in the Sweet 16 on Thursday, advancing to the Elite Eight. Our wonderful Syracuse blog, Troy Nunes is an Absolute Magician, described Thursday as "the best game so far in the 2012 NCAA Tournament".
And so, this Syracuse team that was supposed to have lost by now, advances to the Elite Eight for the first time since 2003. It's a ceiling-shattering win for this fanbase and this program. Before the game I saw Syracuse fans mentioning that they were so nervous this felt like a championship game. While it wasn't, there was a lot riding on a Syracuse victory here.
In retrospect, we had to win. The script for the 2011-2012 Syracuse basketball season wouldn't feel right ending in the Sweet Sixteen. This season deserves to keep going, and so it shall.
Check out Nunes Magician for great Syracuse coverage, including a preview of the big match-up with Ohio State.