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Syracuse vs. Marquette Elite Eight 2013 Preview Capsules: PREDICT The Winner

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Syracuse center Baye Keita (12) celebrates during the second half against Indiana in an East Regional semifinal in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament, Thursday, March 28, 2013 in Washington. | AP

The Big East as we know it may cease to exist after the 2013 NCAA Tournament but the conference is going out with a bang. With No. 3 Marquette and No. 4 Syracuse meeting in the East Regional Final, the conference is guaranteed at least one team in the Final Four.

No. 4 Syracuse stifled No. 1 Indiana with its signature 2-3 zone defense and rolled to a 61-50 win in the Sweet 16. After a pair of nervy wins, Buzz Williams' Golden Eagles cruised to a 71-61 win over a Miami team that went cold at the wrong time.

The winner of this game on Saturday, March 30 at 4:30 p.m. EST in Washington, DC will advance to the Final Four.

Take a look at these capsule glances at the teams' 2012-2013 seasons and let us know who you predict will survive and advance.


Regular Season Record: 26-9

Conference Record: 11-7 (Big East)

Conference Tournament Results: Lost to Louisville in final

Top Players: C.J. Fair (Forward), James Southerland (Forward)

Top 25 Wins: San Diego State (#20), Louisville (#1), Cincinnati (#21), Notre Dame (#25), Pittsburgh (#17)

Worst Losses: Georgetown (61-39)

RPI Ranking: 13


Regular Season Record: 23-8

Conference Record: 14-4 (Big East)

Conference Tournament Results: Lost to Notre Dame in quarterfinals

Top Player: Vander Blue (Guard)

Top 25 Wins: Georgetown (#15), Pittsburgh (#16), Syracuse (#12), Notre Dame (#21)

Worst Losses: Florida (82-49)

RPI Ranking: 12

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