Syracuse Coach Jim Boeheim says let this first nip-and-tuck weekend of the NCAA tournament be a lesson to us all.
“The problem with college basketball is there’s not a big gap,” Boeheim explained Sunday of the relative talent levels of the majors and mid-majors. “Everyone wants to make it seem like it’s a big gap. It’s not a big gap.”
Wait an upper-state New York minute.
Syracuse won its first two tournament games by 23 and 22 points — that’s the Cumberland Gap.
Boeheim must be talking about everybody else — his team looks unstoppable — but we’re hip to his general point.
There’s all this teeth-gnashing before the tournament about seeding positions, and which conference is best and worst. And a lot of it ends up being Arkansas hogwash.
On any given day, reputation, tradition, dreams and games can be taken.