Syracuse earns 10-seed, will play Dayton in St. Louis

Syracuse has earned an NCAA bid, and will play 7-seed Dayton in St. Louis.

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Due to a leaked bracket midway through the CBS Sports Selection Sunday Show, Orange fans were able to breathe a sigh of relief early.

Syracuse (19-13) earned a 10-seed in the Midwest Region, and will play 7-seed Dayton (25-7) on Friday. It will be a rematch of their Round of 32 matchup two years ago in Buffalo.

"This is the happiest that I've been on Selection Sunday in all my years of coaching," Jim Boeheim said. "I couldn't be happier for the team. We played 19 games in this league, and every one of them was as difficult as it could be."

The No. 1 seed in the Midwest was awarded to Virginia, who lost to the No. 1 seed in the East, North Carolina, in the finals of the ACC Tournament on Saturday. The No. 2 seed in the Midwest is Michigan State, No. 3 Utah and No. 4 Iowa State.

"I thought that, I held hope that our road win at Duke, the Texas A&M and Connecticut games, and beating five teams in the top 30 would play out," Boeheim said Sunday evening. "Once we started seeing some of the teams that only had two wins against top 50 or 75, I thought we did have a chance then. I'm so happy for this team and everything that's happened; not only last season, but this season. For Mike and Trevor to get back to the Tournament, it was crucial."

After a self-imposed postseason ban last year, Syracuse will return to face a familiar foe.

Dayton knocked the Orange out of the round of 32 two years ago in Buffalo. That SU team, which was led by Tyler Ennis and Jerami Grant, started the season 25-0. The Flyers upset the Orange, 55-53. 

Senior Trevor Cooney was asked if playing Dayton means more to him, which he replied, "Yes." 

Dayton went 25-7 this season and was co-regular season champions in the Atlantic 10 with a 14-4 league record. It lost to St. Joe's in the semi-finals last Friday.

The game will tip-off at 12:15 p.m. ET in St. Louis on Friday.

Kansas received the No. 1 overall seed, followed by North Carolina, Virginia and Oregon.


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