Syracuse fans gearing up for drive to Buffalo

Otto's Army President Ben Glidden keeps track of other NCAA tournament games ahead of tomorrow's SU game in Buffalo.

Several Syracuse University students are driving to Buffalo on Saturday for the Orange's game against Dayton.

Syracuse University graduate student Matt Scott has been to the NCAA tournament for the last four years, and will be driving to see the game.

"Game is at 7 p.m., so probably leave here around 4 p.m., and get into Buffalo and try to get in early because we always like to get into the game early," said Scott.

Otto's Army President Ben Glidden is also driving to Buffalo for the game.

"People are really working to carpool up to the game," said Glidden. "A lot of students here are from Buffalo, so they can go up and stay with their families this weekend, which I've heard a lot of kids are doing."

Glidden said there was a good Syracuse turnout in Buffalo on Thursday against Western Michigan, and expects the same tomorrow.

"It was packed, probably three-quarters SU fans, which is great to see," said Glidden. "And I think the two-hour drive is very doable. And we do have a ton of alumns in Buffalo and the surrounding area."

Student tickets for both Thursday and Saturday games cost $180. Tickets on StubHub as of Friday night cost upwards of $1,000.

Syracuse businesses are also happy to see the team doing well.

"Our business is good," said Bill Nester, owner of Manny's on the SU Hill. "The more we win, the better it is. The harder we play, the more exciting it is. Close games are always exciting. Having home turf in Buffalo, that's like a dream come true."

If Syracuse wins on Saturday night, Manny's will begin printing Sweet 16 t-shirts after the game, and they will go on sale Sunday morning.