Syracuse Orange Men’s Basketball Season Ends, NIT Snub Shock

Syracuse Orange men's basketball's season ends early in ACC Tournament; St. John's, Oklahoma, and Pittsburgh opt out of NIT, setting sights on NCAA Tournament Selection Sunday.

The Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team’s season came to an end after losing to North Carolina State in the second round of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Tournament. Unfortunately for Syracuse, they were also not selected to participate in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT), effectively finishing the season with a record of 20-12. The decision to opt out of the NIT was made by Syracuse officials, who informed the ACC of their decision.

Anticipation for Selection Sunday

As Selection Sunday for the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament approaches, teams across the country eagerly await their fate. One of these teams is St. John’s, whose first-year coach, Rick Pitino, expressed the team’s desire not to play in the NIT. St. John’s is not alone, as other teams such as Oklahoma and Pittsburgh have also declined their invites.

Tournament Brackets and Coverage

Selection Sunday, set to take place on March 17, will reveal the brackets for both the men’s and women’s NCAA tournament. The selection committee will determine the 68-team fields for both tournaments. For college basketball fans, this marks the beginning of March Madness, where anticipation turns into action. The schedule, TV times, and live updates for Selection Sunday can be found to ensure that no moment is missed. Additionally, a day-by-day overview of the tournament’s TV channels and streaming options is available for easy access to all the exciting matchups.

St. John’s Decision and Syracuse’s Opt-Out

St. John’s coach Rick Pitino made it clear to the NIT selection committee that his team did not want to participate in the tournament, opting for a higher level of competition. Syracuse, on the other hand, took itself out of the running for the NIT prior to the selection of the tournament field. This decision signals potential changes for the Syracuse basketball program in the future.


  1. Syracuse Orange men’s basketball loses to North Carolina State in the ACC Tournament.
  2. Syracuse is not selected to participate in the NIT, finishing the season with a 20-12 record.
  3. St. John’s, Oklahoma, and Pittsburgh decline their invites to the NIT.
  4. Selection Sunday for the NCAA tournament will reveal the brackets for the men’s and women’s tournaments.
  5. Detailed coverage of Selection Sunday, including live updates and TV schedules, is available for fans to stay informed.


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