Score: No. 4 Syracuse 81, No. 13 Montana 34
Star(s): Syracuse: Brandon Triche 20 Pts, 4 Ast, 5 Stl. Michael Carter-Williams 4 Pts, 9 Ast, 7 Reb.
Story: It was never really close. Syracuse came out with something to prove amidst a flurry of reports about NCAA violations and CBS studio analyst Seth Davis picking the Orange to lose.
Brandon Triche stepped up as the senior leader Orange fans had hoped he’d be all season and led the team in scoring. Rakeem Christmas came up big like he did last year in the tournament and guys like Dajuan Coleman, Trevor Cooney and Jerami Grant were given a chance to make a difference due to the big lead. Even the walk-ons got some burn tonight, playing in the last couple of minutes.
Syracuse’s 47-point win is largest ever by 3-seed or lower in NCAA Tournament since seeding began, breaking VCU’s record from an hour ago.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 22, 2013
Well Syracuse certainly came to play. #MarchMadness
— ESPN College BBall (@ESPNCBB) March 22, 2013
Syracuse should get investigated by the NCAA before every game.
— Mark Ennis (@Mengus22) March 22, 2013
Yes, my Syracuse friends I have a bet to pay off during our postgame show on @trutv. That’s if your mommies will let you stay up.
— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) March 22, 2013
Oh, and @sethdavishoops… Sucks to suck.
— Otto’s Army (@OttosArmy) March 22, 2013
Holy Syracuse !!!! twitter.com/SSneckenberg/s…
— shane sneck (@SSneckenberg) March 22, 2013