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Ticket information for Syracuse's NCAA Tournament games in Pittsburgh |
The single-session ticket price for the second round game on March 15 is $83. Details regarding the purchase of second round tickets will be provided when first round tickets are purchased. Each participating school is allotted 350 tickets. Additional tickets may become available based on the site and the demand for tickets by the other teams participating at that site. The ticket allotment for each school increases for the NCAA Tournament Regional.

Men's NCAA tournament 2012 -- Selection committee did best to keep teams near home - ESPN
Syracuse was protected as a No. 1 seed in Boston in the East region, assuming the Orange get to the second weekend. Michigan State, by virtue of its Big Ten tournament title Sunday, was the last No. 1 seed and shipped West to Phoenix in a possible Sweet 16.

NCAA Bracket 2012: Syracuse To Play UNC-Asheville In Round Of 64 - SB Nation New York
Statistically, UNC-Ashville is paced by Matt Dickey who averaged 13.4 points per game during the season, J.P. Primm isn't far behind with12.7 ppg.

East Regional: Syracuse looks to have an easy road to NOLA - NCAA Division I Mens Basketball - News, Scores, Stats, Schedule and RPI Rankings
Ohio State and Florida State have been enigmas. The Buckeyes are talented among their top four players, but have underachieved. The Seminoles are playing well, but it's tough to predict which team will show up. Bo Ryan has milked as much as he could out of his Wisconsin team this season and it's difficult to imagine the Badgers doing much of anything.

Loss to Cincinnati could help Orange - Syracuse Orange - RapidReports
Jim Boeheim said Syracuse's loss in the semifinals of the Big East tournament to Cincinnati will help his team in the long run. "We haven't played our best basketball over the last 10 games," Boeheim said. "We didn't respond until we got slapped in the face by Cincinnati. The players came back, and we've had two of our best days of practice."

NCAA Tournament Selection Sunday: Jardine and Joseph - Video |
Syracuse University basketball players Scoop Jardine and Kris Joseph talk to the media at the Melo Center, following the announcement of the 2012 NCAA tournament pairings.

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim: 'No easy games anymore' in the NCAAs |
"Looking at the brackets, obviously the tournament is very difficult. It's filled with a lot of good teams. There's no easy games and that's the way it should be. UNC Asheville is, I think, a very good team and they've been a good team all year, been very consistent. ... There's no easy games any more. It used to be if you had a one seed, you might get an easy game. There's no such thing anymore."

Breaking down the East Region
Syracuse (31-2) has veteran leaders in Kris Joseph and Scoop Jardine, shot-blocking under the basket from Fab Melo and a sixth man in shooting guard Dion Waiters who can play a dominant role in the tournament. Orange coach Jim Boeheim lets the off-court controversies surrounding his team roll off his back like water off a duck. But as he said following a Big East Tournament loss, seniors Joseph and Jardine must step up their spotty play of late.

Bulldogs are headed to Pittsburgh to face Syracuse |
When they learned their opponent was the Orange, all eyes turned to Syracuse alum Matt Reynolds, director of basketball operations. "We're playing your boys," Bulldog senior Matt Dickey said, hugging Reynolds.

I decided to videoblog my reaction to Syracuse's No. 1 seed announcement. It got weird.