'Cuse hoops moves to round of 32 with lopsided win
By Niko Tamurian
Fri, 22 Mar 2013 10:33:02 GMT — 81-34. Wow. Never in a million years did I ever think I'd see an NCAA Tournament game that lopsided. I was confident that Syracuse could, and would come out on top in this game but I never envisioned a 47 point triumph. The vibe on press row was a mix of awe, and quite frankly, downright pity. Everyone hoping Jim Boeheim would put in some of his walk ons (and he did) and just wanting the game to end. Montana had the smallest contingent of fans of any team that I've seen here in San Jose. Yesterday, I wrote that I didn't see any SU fans but as game time grew nearer I saw more and more orange clad people making their way to HP Pavilion. By the time the ball tipped the Orange fans were rather loud inside the arena. However they won't be louder than the California contingent. For some odd reason, the NCAA decided it was a phenomenal idea to send a 12 seed, yes a 12 seed, to play about 40 minutes from their campus. Imagine the outcry if SU was a bubble team that got in, yet, was able to play in Utica. Same deal here. Yes, SU played in Boston and Albany when it won the National Championship but the Orange was a 3-seed that season which is more than deserving of a close venue. Cal fans were out in full force on Thursday night for the Bears' game with UNLV. The Bears "upset" UNLV 64-61 and was absolutely the "home" team. You may have seen how empty the crowd looked for SU's game, and that's because most fans left after they saw their Cal Bears win. This will work against the Orange when they tangle with the Bears at 9:45 eastern on Saturday night. How much, that I'm unsure of. Syracuse is battle tested, and should be able to handle the challenge. While today was a busy day for me work-wise, it was rather fun to see all the different fans and team members descending on this beautiful city of San Jose. I decided to try some pacific seafood and ordered some Salmon (I know they're not in the ocean). While eating I sat across members of the New Mexico State coaching staff. The Aggies, a 13 seed, fell to the four seed St. Louis by 20. They were sad, of course, but warned me to look out for St. Louis, they could make a run. It was interesting to see that a team from New Mexico, playing in California, was rather excited to talk to a Syracuse media member. I must say, I'll root for New Mexico State going forward. After we talked for a bit some Oklahoma State fans walked by with heads dangling, after their Cowboys fell victim to a 12-seed in Oregon. Just another dynamic of March Madness. The reality of a big chunk of change spent to see your team go out early. Tomorrow may be the "off day" here in San Jose, but the Orange and Bears will still be made available to the media. We'll have a full report tonight at 5, 6 and at 10 and 11.
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