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Orange Won't Let Dayton Fly By

Syracuse has healthy respect for next NCAA opponent
The Orange are favored against a Dayton team that comes in with nothing to lose on Saturday.

Just like they were against Boston College and Georgia Tech. 

It should be enough to make sure SU won't look past the Flyers. 

"On this level and on this stage, anybody can beat any team," Tyler Ennis said. "Dayton showed they can beat really good teams (in their upset of Ohio State) and they're a really good team themselves. We gotta stay focused and go into the game like it's anybody else."

"It doesn't matter what your seed is anymore," said Trevor Cooney. "It's just two good teams going at it. You can't look at it like (a high seed facing a low seed). You gotta come ready to play and play hard. You have to want to win."

The Orange snapped out of their offensive funk on Thursday scoring 77 points in their win over Western Michigan. 

"We came out ready to play Western Michigan," Jerami Grant said. "We knew they were a capable team. Anybody in this tournament is a capable team. We want to go out, every game, and approach it like it's out last game."

The biggest advantage for Syracuse in the NCAA Tournament every year is playing two games 48 hours apart. For most opponents, it's not nearly enough time to properly prepare for SU's 2-3 zone. 

"It's hard to emulate Syracuse's zone in practice," said Dayton's Matt Kavanaugh. "We were able to run our sets and have a good workout. But, it's going to be different tomorrow."

"It's nice to hear all that underdog talk, but we're not really looking at it like that. We're excited for the game (against Syracuse). It's just another opportunity for us and we're glad to be here," said Dayton sophomore Dyshawn Pierre. 

Syracuse's coaching staff doesn't have far to look for an example of how a perceived inferior team can knock off a superior one. Their own season is full of them. 

"We teach the guys to respect the game and the field," said Syracuse assistant coach Mike Hopkins. "We should know about being on the losing side. We were 25-0 and then we lost to Boston College."


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