Syracuse Basketball: 5 Keys to Beating Cal in Round of 32 of NCAA Tournament

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Syracuse Basketball: 5 Keys to Beating Cal in Round of 32 of NCAA Tournament
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Brandon Triche

After dispensing the Montana Grizzlies, the Syracuse Orange move on to face the Bears.

At approximately 9:40 Eastern Time Saturday night, the Orange tip against the Cal Bears, who became yet another No. 12 seed to knock off a No. 5 seed by beating UNLV, 64-61.

Cal finished 21-11 this season, including a 12-6 Pac-12 record. Their most noteworthy stat of the season may have been giving up 81 points in losing to Wisconsin. The Badgers are a plodding team as evidenced by their 66.2 points-per-game average, which ranked 206th in the NCAA.

Cal did have an impressive seven-game win streak late in the season with nice wins over Arizona, UCLA and Oregon.

So, what will the Orange need to do to beat the Bears?

I'm glad you asked. I've picked the five keys to winning this game for Syracuse. My choices are based on what has made Syracuse successful this season, what can be leveraged from the Montana win and how they apply to Cal.

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