SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The "extra" effort put up by Syracuse (26-9) in the recently completed BIG EAST Conference Tournament, where the sixth-seeded Orange reached the championship game, boosted the squad into a three seed in the NCAA Tournament's South Region. Syracuse will begin its national championship quest on Friday, March 20, at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Fla. For information regarding tickets, click here.
The Orange are up against 14th-seeded Stephen F. Austin (24-7), the winners of the Southland Conference Championship. The winner will face either Arizona State (24-9) or Temple (22-11) in second-round play on Sunday in Miami.
Syracuse is making its 32nd appearance in the NCAA Tournament and its first since 2006. The Orange own a 48-31 overall record in the event, including an 8-2 record when seeded third. SU has reached the NCAA "Sweet Sixteen" 17 times, the "Elite Eight" seven times, and four Final Fours. Syracuse made championship-game appearances in 1987, 1996 and in 2003, winning the title in the most recent visit.
Coach Jim Boeheim enters the NCAA Tournament with 797 career victories, third among active coaches and eight overall. He has 40 NCAA Tournament triumphs to his credit and is tied for eighth on that Division I list with Connecticut's Jim Calhoun.
Syracuse's run in the 30th BIG EAST Conference Tournament included a six-overtime triumph against Connecticut in the quarterfinals, a single-overtime victory versus West Virginia in the semifinals and a loss to Louisville, the conference regular-season champion, in the title game. It marked Syracuse's league-record 14th visit to the tournament championship contest. Sophomore guard Jonny Flynn earned the David R. Gavitt Award, presented to the tournament MVP.
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