Most people don't jump through the roof for a 16.vs.1 matchup in the NCAA tournament especially with 16 seeds not having beaten a 1 seed yet in the tournament. However....
In this matchup you will see Syracuse G/F Chris Joseph go up against his brother Maurice Joseph, a Guard from Vermont who's their 2nd leading scorer. Both the brothers play big roles for their teams and will be in factor in how well their teams do throughout their teams NCAA Tournament games. The Joseph family is certainly one that will be very interested in this game if many others are not
Aside from a battle of the Joseph brothers these teams have previous NCAA tournament history. Fans from both Syracuse and Vermont surely remember the last meeting they had in two opposite ways. In the 1st Round of the 2005 NCAA Tournament as a #13 seed going against a #4 seed Vermont may have had their greatest moment in school history. In Overtime Vermont upset Syracuse 60-57 up in Worchester,Massachussets in that 1st Round Game in March of 2005. Most notably remembered is TJ Sorrentine's 3 point shot from past NBA range that may have sealed it with 1:06 left to give Vermont the 59-55 lead. Sorrentine's shot will be forever lived as maybe the greatest moment in Vermont Catamount Basketball history and one that gives Syracuse fans heartaches to have to look at again.
They have an NCAA tournament history against each other and this meeting is one that neither school forgets.
There's not many stories you can come up with for an NCAA Tournament 1.vs.16 matchup but this matchup has a few. These schools are relatively close to each other plus have a matchup of impact players between two brothers G/F Chris Joseph of Syracuse and G Marcus Joseph of Vermont. Aside from that the last meeting was an OT thriller in Worchester,Mass won by the underdog Vermont in a memorable NCAA Tournament duel.
Syracuse F/C Arinze Onuaku is unlikely to play in this game as well. His health has been a big story in College Basketball news and is likely going to get rest in a 1st Round game against a #16 seed
This time around for Vermont there is no TJ Sorrentine, Tyler Coppenrath, Germain Mopa Njila, or even former coach and now ESPN analyst Tom Brennan on Vermont's side, and Syracuse is coming off one of their best regular seasons in a while and a number 1 seed and Big East regular season Championship. This is not nearly as a great a Vermont team and a far better Syracuse group in a 16-1 matchup so it's unlikely the Catamounts will create the same magic that they did in March of 2005. All things point in the direction that Syracuse fans will get their see their revenge come Friday Night, and the Joseph family will be happy that one of their family members will get a victory.
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