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SU fans have high hopes for the NCAA Tournament

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SU fans in Syracuse spent Sunday night awaiting their team's fate. Our Candace Hopkins caught up with some of them at Tully's as they found out their tournament predictions.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- For SU fans, Selection Sunday arrived at a trying time. The team had lost five of their last seven games, including their elimination from the ACC Tournament Friday night.

"The whole game we were just missing easy shots, we weren't really getting back on defense and defending down low, and the final twenty seconds or so of the game we missed those six shots in a row, it was just very frustrating to watch," said Colby Liemer, an SU fan.

"It's up and down, they had the hot start, then nothing since, they're on a pretty bad skid right now, so hopefully they'll turn it around," said Ryan Myers, another fan.

The Orange will get that second chance on Thursday when they take on Western Michigan as a number three seed. Most fans say they don't know much about the Broncos, but the first round isn't something to worry about.

"I don't think it will be in the first round really, with the zone it's so different, especially a smaller conference team like that, it's gonna be tough for them to prepare for Syracuse," said Myers.

"I've seen them play a couple times on TV, they won't have no problem with them, they've just got to get back to playing the way they were playing," said Joe Godley, an SU fan.

The game will be played in Buffalo, which is welcome news for fans who are trying to go to the first round. Some people believe it could provide a helpful advantage.

"I'm hoping that I'll somehow be able to get there, but of course tickets and games are always impossible to get to, but it's nice to be nearby because I'd like to think we have a home court advantage," said Mike Smith, an SU fan.

"We always have fans that travel well, even down to Virginia and NC State, so I'm sure we'll have a big crowd," said Liemer.

Most fans agree, despite this recent rocky patch, the team can do well if they can find a way to execute.

"I have faith in them, a few consecutive losses doesn't mean too much, I have a feeling we'll get far," said Milan Modi, a fan.

"I think if we just play our game and play to our level of play then we'll be good, sometimes we kinda play to the level of our opponent and we kinda bring it down a notch when we're playing weaker teams, but if we play like we're capable of we should go far," said Liemer.

Hopefully it will be far enough to make it all the way to Dallas. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP