Orange seeded #3 in South Region of NCAA Tournament


SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSTM) - The Syracuse men's basketball team is the No. 3 seed in the South Region in the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. The Orange faces Mid-American Conference champion Western Michigan in the second round on Thursday, March 20 in Buffalo, N.Y.

Athletics Donors of $5,000 or above have the opportunity to order up to two tickets starting at 10 p.m. Sunday night, March 16 and continuing Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. online and in person at the Carrier Dome Box Office. The ticket will be good for both games in SU's Thursday. Orders will be filled based on 2012-13 athletics donor level.  Lower level tickets are $89 per ticket, per round and the upper level tickets are $71 per ticket, per round.

Only Thursday's second round (field of 64) tickets can be purchased at this time. Should Syracuse advance to Saturday's third round (field of 32), your credit card will automatically be charged for the same number of tickets and price purchased for the second round.

If any tickets remain, they will go on sale to season ticket holders and Orange Club members ($4,999 & below) on Monday at 3 p.m.

Syracuse enters the tournament with a 27-5 record. SU finished second in the ACC regular-season standings in its first year in the league. Western Michigan defeated Toledo in the title game of the MAC Tournament to earn the league's automatic bid. The Broncos are led by All-MAC First Team selections Shayne Whittington and David Brown. Syracuse has won the two previous meetings between the two schools.

The Orange is making its 37th NCAA Tournament appearance and 31st under Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim. Syracuse is 60-37 all-time in tournament play and has advanced to five Final Fours (1975, 1987, 1996, 2003, 2013). The Orange reached the national title game in 1987, 1996 and 2003, capturing the title in 2003.

This season marks the sixth time that Syracuse has been seeded third in the tournament. Most recently, SU was the third seed in 2011 when it defeated Indiana State before losing to Marquette. The Orange earned the No. 3 seed in 2003 when it won the school's only national championship.

Senior C.J. Fair and freshman Tyler Ennis lead the Orange into the tournament. Fair, a second-team All-American, leads the team in scoring, averaging 16.7 points per game. He is pulling down 6.2 rebounds per game and ranks seventh in the ACC in scoring and 10th in field goal percentage (.432). Ennis is the first freshman in league history to lead the ACC in assists (5.6 apg.) and steals (2.1 spg.). He is one of six finalists for the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year award. 

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