After bowing out in its first-ever ACC tournament game, the Syracuse men's basketball team earned a No. 3 seed in the South Region of the NCAA tournament.
The Orange will face off with the No. 14 seed Western Michigan Broncos at 2:45 p.m. ET in Buffalo on Thursday. The Broncos finished the season 23-9 and won the MAC tournament.
Normally, most people would use a pen to advance any No. 3 seed over a No. 14. But with how unpredictable the field is this year and how Syracuse has limped into the dance, the Orange cannot overlook the Broncos.
Syracuse's 2-3 zone will not surprise WMU as the Broncos faced Eastern Michigan, a team Syracuse also played, twice in conference play this year. The Broncos split the season series with the Eagles. Under former Orange assistant Rob Murphy, the Eagles play a zone similar to the Orange's.
With the way Syracuse has been playing lately, it cannot take the Broncos for granted. Syracuse has to bring its A-game if it wants to advance to the Round of 32.
With the Orange only going about seven deep into their rotation, the starters will see the majority of the action.
So what does the starting unit have to do to lead the team to a victory? Read on to discover some keys for each Orange starter.