Syracuse didn’t play in the tournament last season because of a self-imposed postseason ban, but with an 18-13 record, it likely wouldn’t have received an at-large berth anyway.
There was debate about whether Syracuse should ban itself last season or wait until this season. The long wait would have been agonizing, Boeheim said, and that was one reason they decided to take the punishment last season.
“It turned out to be beneficial because we might not have made it last year, and we did make it this year,” Boeheim said. “And the other reason that I wanted to take the ban — and I thought it was the right move — is there were only two months left. We only had one senior last year, and he had played in three tournaments and one Final Four. The two other seniors we had were coming back. So we only really took it away from one guy, and it turned out we didn’t take it away from him anyway because he wouldn’t have gone.”