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The Orange did what they needed to do. They got down to business and beat Minnesota by eight points (something I called in my preview). Now they look to beat Cal, a team that Syracuse beat in the Round of 32 in last year's NCAA Tournament. The final was 66-60 in a game that made all Syracuse fans nervous until the final horn. It didn't help that offense was hard to come by and the referees were bad. Either way, Syracuse survived and advanced. Now they face a Cal team looking for revenge in Maui. While their offense can be tough, the biggest strength of Cal is their ability to rebound. They have outrebounded every opponent so far this season.. Syracuse had done the same until they tied Minnesota with 32. Keeping Cal off of the offensive glass will be key in Syracuse maintaining a lead. CJ Fair took a shot in the face last night and did get stitches but he should be fine. He didn't get a Preston Shumpert eye poke or anything. The key to Syracuse in this game will be the big men. If they are able to get inside and get to the line, as well as continue to rebound well, Syracuse will head to the Championship in Maui. If they allow Cal to get inside and dominate position, Syracuse will have a hole to dig out of. Still, I like Syracuse in this game. They beat Cal by 13. This game is available nationally on ESPN / Watch ESPN at 7:00pm.

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