CBS Sports Network analyst Evan Washburn will provide analysis for the network's coverage of Saturday's game between No. 1 and Atlantic Coast Conference tournament champion Syracuse (11-2) and No. 13 and Patriot League tournament-winning Colgate (10-4). The former Delaware defenseman shared his perspective on a pair of storylines related to the game.
Could a loss impact Syracuse's getting the No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament?
I think it could. Let's put it this way: I don't think a loss would impact them as much as other things happening around them would. If Denver wins out and does it in dominant fashion by taking Georgetown out in the [Big East tournament] final, that sort of thing [can make a difference]. I think, just based off of Syracuse's resume, by losing to Colgate, I don't think they should lose the No. 1 overall seed. But I could be swayed by what else happens over the course of the weekend.
How much could a win against the Orange benefit Colgate?
I think Colgate's in a spot where I don't think they're going to have to be in a play-in game. Their RPI is not low enough where they would be in that lowest four. If they were to beat Syracuse, it would be massive for them. It's not like they're going to host a first-round game, but I think the game is more important for Colgate because even if they don't win but keep it tight and play well, they'll have the experience to draw upon. They can say, 'We just played the best team in the country and we won or hung with them.' So to me, it's all about Colgate getting as much out of that game, because they're going to have to play one of the top seeds in the tournament. I don't think they would gain a top-eight seed, but I think they would put themselves in a situation where they maybe wouldn't have to face Notre Dame or North Carolina in the first round.