Syracuse is sort of a mystery team entering the NCAA tournament. The Orange (27-5) earned the #3-seed in the South and will open play just down the road in Buffalo on Thursday against Western Michigan (23-9), the Mid-American Conference champion.
But which Syracuse squad will show up? Will it be the one that won 25 straight games to start the season and zoomed to #1 in the country for three weeks, or the one that has lost five of its last seven games?
You can hear the game on WGY/WOFX.
Coach Jim Boeheim isn't concerned. He's been here before. Last year's team lost four of its final regular-season games and made it to the Final Four. At least the team is healthy again. Forward Jerami Grant has reverted to form after injuring his back and shooting guard Trevor Cooney is expected to be at full throttle after tweaking an ankle in the ACC tournament.