Andy Katz has released his latest preseason scores from the top 36 teams, Syracuse basketball is not included and Alan Griffin strongly disagrees.
With talented junior wing Alan Griffin able to formally compete for Syracuse basketball in the 2020-2021 campaign after receiving a waiver from the NCAA, which propels the Orange to a pre-season fringe among the top 25 , the top six groups from the Atlantic Coast Conference and scheduled attending Big Dance.
The predictions for 2020-2021 at this point are pure speculation, but they are fun for debate nonetheless. Andy Katz, a longtime college basketball insider who is currently an NCAA.com correspondent, posted his latest preseason Power 36 ranking for the next stanza, and the ‘Cuse didn’t make the cut.
Okay that’s good. Some people are higher on Orange at this point than others. What surprised me, however, was that Katz put 22 other teams into its “under review” category, and Syracuse basketball isn’t there either.
There is no way the Orange is not one of the top 58 teams in the country. Griffin, from Ossining, New York, who transferred from Illinois to the Hill in the offseason, responded via Twitter to Katz’s article with: “1. Syracuse. ” It is too beautiful!
Syracuse basketball is not in Andy Katz’s top 36, Alan Griffin disagrees, and let’s go over the other ACC crews that are featured.
The former Griffin team, Illinois, ranks 4th in Katz’s national rankings. Topping the ACC teams on this list is Virginia in 7th place, followed by 11th Duke, 21st State of Florida and 26th of North Carolina. I found it interesting that Katz only has four ACC teams in its first 36 units.
Those “under consideration” are Clemson, Georgia Tech, Louisville and NC State. From my perspective, that means Katz considers at least eight league groups superior to Syracuse basketball at the moment.
I totally disagree with that and respect Katz. He is one of the best in the business. Without a doubt, Virginia, Duke, the state of Florida, North Carolina and possibly Louisville are ahead of the Orange. But Clemson, Georgia Tech and Louisville too?
It’s a stretch. Heck, I’ll go with Griffin and put Syracuse basketball at No.1 in Division I hoops. Sure, that might go a bit far, but Griffin’s confidence has to be admired.