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(13) Montana - (4) Syracuse NCAA Round of 64 Preview

Syracuse students agree: You have to at least win one game in the NCAA Tournament.
The Regular Season and the Big East Tournament have concluded. Now there is only the NCAA Tournament. To the victor of six games goes the spoils. Everyone else will hope next year is different. For Syracuse, the month of February was dreadful. Really the first part of March was as well, limping into the Big East Tournament in New York losing four of their last five. But the Big East Tournament renewed some focus as the Syracuse offense came to life thanks to MCW dishing out assists and James Southerland setting the Big East Tournament record for made threes. Now Syracuse travels to San Jose to play Montana out of the Big Sky Conference. Montana saw their best player go down to injury as the season winded down, but that doesn't mean this team isn't dangerous. Led by guard Will Cherry, he will be the one directing traffic for the Grizzlies. Kareem Jamar will be the one tasked to shoot over the Syracuse Zone to put points on the board for Montana. However, while Montana isn't that much smaller than Syracuse, they definitely have not faced athletes like the ones on Syracuse at all in their conference slate. This zone will be frustrating to Montana, and will surely cause some turnovers and fast break opportunities for the Orange. James Southerland is poised to again carry the torch for outside shooting for Syracuse as well. Montana will have a hard time penetrating the zone and failing to do that will not create drive and kick opportunities for the Montana shooters as they should. I think Syracuse will get off to a nice lead at halftime, with Montana closing the gap in the second half, but Syracuse should take this game by double digits against the less athletic Montana team, who has only ever won one tournament game since 1975. I'm picking Syracuse to advance to the Round of 32 by 16. This game is available nationally on TruTV at approximately 9:57pm ET. Check your local listings or, I guess, just ask Brent Axe what channel that would be for you, wherever you are.

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