The UNC-Asheville Bulldogs may have dominated the Big South, but they have to play the No. 1 team from the Big East, the No. 1 seed Syracuse. The Orange won 31 games this season and finished No. 2 in the AP rankings. UNC-Asheville on the other hand, averages the fifth most points per game in the country with a 48.4 field goal percentage. Will Syracuse be able to hold off the Bulldogs' potent offense?
NO. 1 SYRACUSE
Overall Record: 31-2
Conference Record: 17-1
Conference Tournament Outcome: Lost To Cincinnati In Semfinals
Points Allowed: 60.4 pts
AP Ranking: 2
KenPom Ranking: 7
Standout Player: Fab Melo
Season In Review: Syracuse started off winning 20 straight games before losing to Notre Dame. That would be the Orange's only loss of the regular season. They went on to lose to Cincinnati in the Big East Tournament semis.
Tournament Experience: 53-34, 34 appearances, 4 Final Fours, 1 National Championships
NO. 16 UNC-ASHEVILLE
Overall Record: 24-9
Conference Record: 16-2
Conference Tournament Outcome: Won Big South Tournament
Points Allowed: 71.3
AP Ranking: none
KenPom Ranking: 121
Standout Player: Matt Dickey
Season In Review: The Bulldogs started the season with two losses to ACC teams and four more in the first half. But they dominated the Big South conference with a 16-2 record and a conference championship.
Tournament Experience: 2-2, 2 appearances