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NCAA Tournament GameThread: Syracuse Orange (18-9) vs. Houston Cougars (26-3)

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Syracuse v West Virginia Photo by Jack Dempsey/NCAA Photos via Getty Images

As you are very much aware of by this point, the Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team is up against the Houston Cougars in the Sweet 16 on Saturday night. Winner goes to the Elite 8 — one game away from the Final Four! — while the loser uses memes to keep them warm for the rest of the NCAA Tournament.

To this point, Syracuse has scored upsets using hot shooting and an effective zone defense that continues to bamboozle teams in March. Houston, on the other hand, needed a comeback to beat Rutgers in the second round, but is otherwise one of the best teams remaining in this field.

Before things get started around 6:55 p.m. ET from Hinkle Fieldhouse (and on TBS), here’s some pre-game reading for you:

Leave your pre-, in- or post-game comments below or on Discord. And G’ORANGE!