Syracuse will start as No. 4 seed in East region, play Montana

Syracuse was selected as a No. 4 seed in the East region of the NCAA tournament, the committee announced Sunday evening.

The Orange will play 13th-seeded Montana in the second round in San Jose, Calif. Montana went 25-6 on the season, and steamrolled through the Big Sky conference. They went 19-1 in conference play, and won the automatic bid, defeating Weber State.

Game time and television information will be released later Sunday night.

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Syracuse is a No. 4 seed

A matchup with either No. 5 UNLV or No. 12 California would await them in the third round.

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If they advance out of the first weekend, the regional will be held in Washington, DC. Syracuse lost four out of five games to end the regular season, but won three out of four games to reach the Big East championship final, where they lost to Louisville.

Indiana (East), Gonzaga (West), Kansas (South) and Louisville (Midwest) were named the No. 1 seeds.

The Big East received eight bids to the NCAA tournament, including Marquette (3, East), Georgetown (2, South), Villanova (9, South), Pittsburgh (8, West), Notre Dame (7, West) and Cincinnati (10, Midwest).

Among the notables that were not selected included Maryland, Virginia, Baylor, Tennessee or Alabama. Defending champion Kentucky was also not selected.

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