When 3-seed Syracuse and 14-seed Western Michigan take the floor on Thursday in Buffalo, the Orange will be strong favorites to move on to the Round of 32.
Jim Boeheim's bunch brings a 27-5 record (14-4 ACC) to the South Region matchup. The Broncos posted a 23-9 mark (14-4 MAC) and upset Toledo in the Mid American Conference title game to secure its automatic bid.
Both of these teams have less-than-obvious attributes that could have a serious impact on the final outcome of this game. There are also some specific situations that lead to success or failure, victory or defeat.
Here we go! March Madness!
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