Biggest Challenges Syracuse Faces in NCAA Tourney Matchup vs. Western Michigan

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Biggest Challenges Syracuse Faces in NCAA Tourney Matchup vs. Western Michigan
Chuck Burton/Associated Press

March Madness is here, and Jim Boeheim could not be happier. His Syracuse team is ready to get on the floor in Buffalo and put the last month behind it.

For the first three months of the 2013-14 college basketball season, Syracuse was at the top of the heap. It was a perfect 25-0 and atop the AP rankings. Then, in what was supposed to be an automatic win at home against Boston College, everything began to unravel. The Orange lost five of their last seven games and went from being the No. 1 team in the nation to a No. 3 seed.

Syracuse can start putting the last four weeks behind it, though, and gear up for what it hopes will be a deep run in the NCAA tournament. 

Here are the biggest challenges that the team will face when it squares off against Western Michigan.

 

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