Syracuse to play Bryant in the NCAA tournament

Syracuse, named a No. 1 seed, will play Bryant in the first round of the NCAA tournament next Sunday at 7:30 p.m. in the Carrier Dome. Syracuse will be seeking its 12th national championship, and its first since 2009.

The matchup was announced during the NCAA selection show on Sunday evening. The winner of that game will play the winner of Yale/8th seed Penn State at College Park, Md. on May 18.

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Syracuse was named a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament

The Orange won its second straight Big East Tournament championship on Saturday, topping Villanova, 13-9, in the title game. It was SU’s fourth conference title in the four-year history of the league.

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Syracuse improved to 13-3 on the season, as Kevin Rice was named the Big East Championship’s Most Outstanding Player. All Tournament selections included JoJo Marasco, Dominic Lamolinara and David Hamlin.

The Bulldogs secured the Northeast Conference bid with a 14-7 win over Robert Morris on Saturday. NEC Tournament MVP Peter McMahon led the way with his third-straight hat trick.

It is the school’s first ever NCAA tournament bid.

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Wes has worked for Rivals.com covering the New York Knicks, as well as for Scout.com covering Syracuse athletics. Wes has also worked for the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) and reported on the NBA and MLB for the New York Sportscene. A native of Long Island, New York, Wes graduated from Syracuse University in 2005. Follow him on Twitter @ChengWes.
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