SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Syracuse Orange found out their NCAA fate Sunday night, as the selection committee tabbed them as the three seed in the East Region, set to face #14 Indiana State in the Second Round, Friday at 9:57 p.m. from Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. If the Orange win that game, they'd advance to the third round to meet the winner of #6 Xavier and #11 Marquette Sunday.
"Obviously getting a three seed is good, product of a lot of good wins this year," said head coach Jim Boeheim, from the Melo Center. "I think the players earned it. You look at all the brackets, there's no easy place, all the brackets are difficult."
The Orange aren't overlooking anyone, especially the Sycamores, the alma mater of Larry Bird who last made the NCAA tournament in 2001.
"Every team this year is really equal," said junior guard Scoop Jardine. "It's really no teams you're scared of, teams that are more dominant than others, it's about what team gets hot at the right time, what teams play their basketball and I think that's our whole focus, we're going to play syracuse basketball, take it one game at a time and we should be fine."
"I'm just ready to go, this is my last go around, trying to go out with a bang," added senior forward Rick Jackson. "Seeing the guys last year once we lost, that's just a bad feeling to have, knowing that's your last game, just want to end on a good note."
Stay tuned to WKTV all this week for more Orange coverage. Pat Bailey will be headed to Cleveland to follow the Orange in the big dance.