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NCAA Tournament: Syracuse Orange (9-7) vs. No. 3 Duke Blue Devils (13-4) GameThread

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Apr 1, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA;  Duke Blue Devils midfielder Jake Tripucka (7) battles against Syracuse Orange defender David Hamlin (31) at the Big City Classic at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE
Apr 1, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Duke Blue Devils midfielder Jake Tripucka (7) battles against Syracuse Orange defender David Hamlin (31) at the Big City Classic at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE

The Syracuse Orange men's lacrosse team saved their season by winning the Big East Tournament. Their reward? A rematch with the mighty Duke Blue Devils in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament.

College Crosse has the skinny on the match-up with a statistical breakdown and a fancy infographic for your viewing pleasure.

Glaude says this game, just like the last one, may come down to how each team handles man-up opportunities:

n the first meeting between the two teams at MetLife Stadium, a significant portion of play was determined by extra-man opportunities. (Each had five chances with the personnel imbalance in their favor, with the Orange converting on two and the Devils converting on one.) I wouldn't be surprised if Saturday brings similar circumstances: Only 10 teams play in man-down more than Duke this season and Syracuse isn't much better, ranking 42nd nationally in man-down per defensive possession. Neither team has had great success with their man-up units this season (the Blue Devils are only converting on just over 22 percent of their opportunities and Syracuse is clicking at about 39 percent on the season), but unlike Duke, Syracuse has had strong reliance on extra-man opportunities to generate tallies.

Faceoff is set for 12 p.m. on ESPN and ESPN3.

Leave your pre-, in- and post-game comments below. G'ORANGE!