Campus Coverage: Syracuse prepares to take on Western Michigan

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SYRACUSE, NY - FEBRUARY 01: Syracuse Orange fans holds up a signs during ESPN College GameDay prior to the game between the Duke Blue Devils and the Syracuse Orange at the Carrier Dome on February 1, 2014 in Syracuse, New York. (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)
GREENSBORO, NC - MARCH 14: Fans of the Syracuse Orange before their game against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at the quarterfinals of the 2014 Men's ACC Basketball Tournament at Greensboro Coliseum on March 14, 2014 in Greensboro, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
TALLAHASSEE, FL - MARCH 09: Jerami Grant #3 of the Syracuse Orangemen shoots a free throw against the Florida State Seminoles during a game at the Donald L. Tucker Center on March 9, 2014 in Tallahassee, Florida. Syracuse won the game 74-58. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
TALLAHASSEE, FL - MARCH 09: C.J. Fair #5 of the Syracuse Orangemen shoots against the Florida State Seminoles during a game at the Donald L. Tucker Center on March 9, 2014 in Tallahassee, Florida. Syracuse won the game 74-58. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
TALLAHASSEE, FL - MARCH 09: Head coach Jim Boeheim of the Syracuse Orangemen speaks with Trevor Cooney #10 during a game against the Florida State Seminoles at the Donald L. Tucker Center on March 9, 2014 in Tallahassee, Florida. Syracuse won the game 74-58. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
TALLAHASSEE, FL - MARCH 09: Okaro White #10 of the Florida State Seminoles shoots over Jemari Grant #3 of the Syracuse Orangemen during a game at the Donald L. Tucker Center on March 9, 2014 in Tallahassee, Florida. Syracuse won the game 74-58. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
GREENSBORO, NC - MARCH 14: The Syracuse Orange huddle before their game at the 2014 Men's ACC Basketball Tournament at Greensboro Coliseum on March 16, 2014 in Greensboro, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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By: Jack Rose

Coming off a loss in the first round of the ACC tournament, the fourth-seeded Syracuse Orange will take on the MAC champion Western Michigan Broncos in a second round matchup today at 2:15 EST.

The 14-seed Broncos are coming off a 23-win campaign, led by senior guard David Brown. Brown is one of three WMU players who average in double figures, leading the team with 19.4 points per game. The Broncos are also a fairly good rebounding team, which could spell trouble for the defensive rebounding-challenged Orange.

Inside, 6'11" center Shayne Wittington will have the opportunity to exploit the weak interior defense of the Orange. Witting, at 16.3 points and 9.1 rebounds, already averages close to a double-double and the Orange will have to be aware of his large frame down low at all times. If a frontcourt player like Rakeem Christmas is to get into foul trouble, much like he did against in their last game against NC State, Syracuse could be in trouble.

Good news for the Orange is WMU's shooting numbers. Although they shoot fairly well from the field at 46.6%, the Broncos are no sharpshooters from three, shooting only a respectable 33%. The easiest way to knock off Syracuse is to bomb threes, and it does not seem like Western Michigan has that capability.

All told, however, this is another game the 'Cuse should win. That by no means is to say that the Orange will prevail, as they have made just about every game this season more difficult than it had to be. The feeling on campus is, in a word, uncertain, as students are not sure which Orange team is going to show up this afternoon. Five weeks ago, everyone on campus would have had Syracuse in the Final Four of their bracket. Now? We just hope our Orange make the Sweet 16.
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