NCAA Tournament, Syracuse vs. Wisconsin Previews, Videos & Whatnot

ALBUQUERQUE, NM - MARCH 17: Jordan Taylor #11, Ben Brust #1 and Ryan Evans #5 of the Wisconsin Badgers celebrate in the second half of the game against the Vanderbilt Commodores during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at The Pit on March 17, 2012 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Wisconsin won 60-57. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

The Syracuse Orange re-commence their push toward immortality Thursday when they take on the Wisconsin Badgers Thursday in the Sweet Sixteen in Boston.

Are you up to speed before the game starts?

As you know the game will be televised on CBS starting at 7:15 p.m. EST and Verne Lundquist and Bill Raftery will be your guides.

The Orange are currently a 4-point favorite across the board, says Vegas. They were 4.5 point favorites at the beginning of the week.

Have the Badgers scouted? SB Nation NY broke down the frontcourt and backcourt match-ups. Nation of Orange spoke with a Wisconsin blogger to get the skinny. The Daily Orange talks with their UW counterpart about the Badgers and vice versa. Hey, remember the last time these two played?

As for the Badgers, they know they're playing the underdog role once again, Jordan Taylor is the prototypical Wisconsin point guard and Wisky seems to be playing with house money at this point.

As for the Syracuse players, Dion Waiters remains confident but not to a fault, C.J. Fair needs to crack this slump quickly, Rakeem Christmas' confidence continues to build, and the Orange will need to win once more without Fab Melo.

Meanwhile, Orange Fizz has a guide to Boston and here's the full practice schedule for Wednesday.

As for me, I've got some concerns about Thursday and what it could mean for Syracuse and Jim Boeheim.

Mike Lucas and Matt Lepay break down the Sweet 16 showdown between the top-seeded Syracuse Orange and the fourth seed Wisconsin Badgers.

The Bracket Breakdown panel discusses how they see the match-up between 1 seed Syracuse and 4 seed Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin Badgers had a special visitor at their first practice in the Boston area Tuesday. Former Badger and NBA veteran Paul Grant joined the team to help simulate the size and athleticism in Syracuse's 2-3 zone.

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