Syracuse Basketball: 5 Keys to Beating Montana in 2013 NCAA Tournament Opener

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Syracuse Basketball: 5 Keys to Beating Montana in 2013 NCAA Tournament Opener
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After a heartbreaking 78-61 to Louisville in the final game of the Big East tournament, Syracuse will regroup and head into the NCAA tournament seeded fourth in the East Region. The Orange are matched up with the 13th-seeded Montana Grizzlies.

Syracuse has stumbled in the last month or so and has looked downright terrible in a few games, including scoring just 39 points in the regular-season finale at Georgetown.

The Grizzlies were the regular-season champions of the Big Sky Conference and also won the conference tourney. They finished the year with a record of 25-6 (19-1). They are a good shooting team that could present a difficult challenge to 'Cuse's patented 2-3 zone.

Even with the poor finish to the year, Syracuse managed to fall in the top 16 of all the teams in the nation. That means that the Orange are still pretty good and will be a tough out for anyone.

In order for the Orange to avoid the upset and advance, the following keys to the game must be followed.

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