Syracuse prepares for another shot at an NCAA Title


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKTV) - The #3 seeded Syracuse Orange are preparing for their Round of 64 match-up against #14 Western Michigan in the South region of the NCAA tournament, Wednesday.

Both players and coaches met with the media to discuss their hopes and visions going into tomorrow's game with the chance of keeping their season alive on the line.

Orange head coach, Jim Boeheim, sat on the podium fielding questions from the media, and highlighted a few key points to take away, as he prepares for yet another go at the Big Dance:

  • He believes that despite the stigma of being a #14 seed, Western Michigan is a solid basketball team that could play with anybody in the country.
  • He said that the Orange haven't had an easy game all year, and that they have tried to play the same way no matter who their opponent. Despite the recent slide, he believes that they have played decent basketball, and isn't planning on changing the way the team plays the game in the Tournament.
  • On the ACC: The league is difficult. From top to bottom, all teams in the conference stack up with one another and are quality basketball teams.
  • On leaving the Big East: The league just wasn't the same anymore. It used to be highly competitive with a consistent lineup of schools each year that developed into intense rivalries. Lately, the conference had gone in many different directions with teams coming in and teams leaving, so it didn't have the same feel as earlier in the conference's history.
    • Wouldn't have wanted to leave the old conference, but not too upset over leaving the conference the way it was now.
  • On the play of freshman Tyler Ennis: Not worried about his play or how he will prepare coming into his first NCAA Tournament. Believes that he has played well all year, and that he will be ready to continue strong play come game time.

Cuse will put their quest for a National Championship on the line when they face off against Western Michigan tomorrow at 2:45 p.m. at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo.

For more on the team's preparation, click on the video above for NEWSChannel 2's Gary Liberatore, who is in Buffalo with the team!


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