Andrew Kouwe: Syracuse starting in Buffalo a huge factor


Andrew Kouwe and Wesley Cheng talk about Syracuse’s chances in the upcoming NCAA Tournament on the Juice on the Cuse podcast hosted by

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Playing in Buffalo will be like playing a home game


Here are some highlights from the show:

Wesley Cheng: What do you think about Syracuse being a 3 seed in the South and starting in Buffalo?

Andrew Kouwe: Obviously, I’m happy they’re playing in Buffalo. It’s going to be a great crowd. Having Connecticut and Villnova there, it’s kind of like a Big East Tournament in that region. It gives me a lot of confidence that we can get through the first round given the fact that we’ll have a big crowd on our hands. I’d actually prefer to play Ohio State over Dayton. I think that’s a better matchup for us. I think that Ohio State/Dayton game is going to be a great game.

WC: Who is in your Final Four?

AK: Right now, I have Iowa State for the East. I like Fred Hoiberg as a coach and I think they can make a good run in the tournament. Duke-Louisville, I went back and forth over who was going to win that game and I took Duke. I really like Parker, I really like Hood. And then Coach K. Even though Pitino, I don’t think Pitino has ever lost an Elite 8 game, I took Duke in that one. In the west, I went San Diego State. I haven’t seen Arizona play as much. I don’t think Creigton can go all the way. So San Diego State, that’s my sleeper team. Obviously with the south, you always go with your bias.

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1. Intro
2. 2003 National Champion Andrew Kouwe joins Wes Cheng in studio
3. NCAA Tournament Preview
4. ACC Tournament Recap
5. Bracketology
6. Predictions
7. What has to go right for Syracuse to get to the Final Four?
8. Closing thoughts and wrap up

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Wes has worked for covering the New York Knicks, as well as for covering Syracuse athletics. Wes has also been a contributing writer for the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), for SportsNet New York (SNY) as a news desk writer covering all of New York professional sports, 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 with a degree in journalism. Contact him at wes[at]