Syracuse Knocks WMU Out of the Big Dance

Western Michigan run in the big dance ended before it ever started. The Broncos were pummeled right out of the gates Thursday afternoon, eventually falling to Syracuse 77-53. The loss makes it two-straight losses in the NCAA Tournament for the MAC, and officially ends the season for the MAC's top 4 teams. Interesting fact...since 2004 the MAC (excluding Ohio) is now 0-8 in the NCAA Tournament.

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Sweet 16 Schedule & Open Thread

The NCAA's super Sweet 16 begins tonight. Get your mimosas ready!

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How To Watch Round 3 of the NCAA Tournament

The madness continues on as we commence with day 2 of the 2014 NCAA Tournament third round.

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March Madness Friday TV Schedule

Want to catch all of Friday's March Madness action? Here's a schedule showing all the games, when and how to watch them and even who is calling the action.

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Broncos Ousted From NCAA Tournament By Syracuse

The Broncos committed turnover after turnover during a disaster of a first half, went to halftime down by 19, and could never recover. WMU ends the season as MAC champions but with a bitter disappointment in the NCAA Tournament.

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FINAL: Syracuse 77, Western Michigan 53

Well, that was brutal.

The Western Michigan Broncos 2014 NCAA Tournament run was over before it ever started. The Broncos were slaughtered by the Syracuse Orange 77 to 53 and have been eliminated from the tournament.

In the pre-game run-up to tip off CBS did a live look in on the locker room where WMU head coach Steve Hawkins was ripping his team about not thinking they had a chance to win. He brought up Facebook & Twitter messages his team was receiving about win, lose or draw, already having achieved a great season. Hawkins was pissed, telling his team they needed to believe they could win to stand a chance. It appears his fears were right. The Broncos looked defeated just a few minutes into the contest.

The Broncos seemed scared to drive to the lane, instead settling for deep 3s that rarely fell. Meanwhile Syracuse was attacking offensively, turning 1 WMU first half turnovers into a 19-point lead at halftime.

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(First half box score)

The second half didn't get much better, though WMU didn't clamp down on the ball and stop coughing it up. The Broncos weren't helped by the fact that David Brown spent the majority of the second half in pain. He was visibly limping up and down the court, clearly just playing for pride at that point.

It was an all-out terrible performance from everyone on the roster not named Tucker Haymond. WMU was just out of its league against a team that started the season 25-0.

This also marks the second straight season, and third time in four seasons, that the MAC's lone representative in the NCAA Tournament was blown out in their first game. In 2013 Akron was blown out by VCU, 88-42. In 2011 Akron also lost as the MAC's lone representative to Notre Dame, 69-58.

With WMU's loss the top 4 teams in the MAC from this season are all done for the year. WMU was the MAC Champion. Toledo, co-regular season champs and MAC Tourney runner up, lost in the first round of the NIT Wednesday night. Akron, the No. 4 seed in the MAC Tournament lost to IPFW in the first round of the CIT Wednesday night and Buffalo, the MAC East champs and the No. 3 seed in the MAC Tournament, didn't accept a post-season bid.

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(Final boxscore)

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WMU vs. Syracuse: GameThread & Live Chat

WMU takes on Syracuse today in Round 2 of the 2014 NCAA Tournament. Catch the March Madness and join our open chat of the game.

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Complete Guide To Thursday's NCAA Tourney Action

Looking for a breakdown of all of today's March Madness action? We've got you covered.

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WMU vs 'Cuse Preview: A Q&A With A Syracuse Blog

With just hours before Thursday's tip-off between the Western Broncos and Syracuse Orange, we reached out to a fellow SB Nation blog to get better acquainted with the perennial powerhouse.

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How Did WMU Get Here?

20 weeks ago few though WMU would be representing the MAC in the 2014 NCAA Tournament. When did it all change?

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Does WMU Stand A Chance vs. Syracuse?

Do the Broncos stand a chance against Syracuse's 2-3 zone? Or are the Orange ripe for an upset?

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538.com Gives WMU 11% Chance To Beat Syracuse

FiveThirtyEight.com, the new venture by stats guru Nate Silver and ESPN launched today and to kick off his more sports-centric statistical takes Silver's new site decided to use their algorithms to predict the NCAA Tournament.

The Western Michigan Broncos, a 14-seed in the Tournament, has an 11 percent chance to beat Syracuse in Round 2 on Thursday according to 538. The Broncos have a two percent chance of advancing on past the third round with a less than one percent chance of advancing past that.

How did 538 come up with these numbers? Well considering Silver's predictions of the 2012 Presidential election I'd say it's really some form of black magic, but the site has a less sinister (and more scientific) explanation. Basically the numbers are derived by taking in a range of factors including composite power rankings, the team's placement on the NCAA S-curve, injuries, geography and the hair of a black goat. That last bit may or may not be my own addition.

You can view all the predictions in the interactive graphic on the new FiveThirtyEight.com.

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How To Watch WMU vs. Syracuse

Western Michigan begins its NCAA Tournament run (hopefully) Thursday in Buffalo, New York against the three-seeded Syracuse Orange. Here's the details.

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Full 2014 NCAA Tournament Bracket Released

The full 2014 NCAA Tournament bracket was released Sunday night. How does it all shake out? Let's look.

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Enter the Hustle Belt Bracket Challenge

We're hosting our own NCAA Bracket challenge this year and together with GamedayDepot.com we're offering the winner of our contest a prize!

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Broncos To Open NCAA Tournament Against Syracuse

Unfortunately, Joe Lunardi was right, it appears. The WMU Broncos earned a #14 seed, on the low end of what most people figured, and have to play Syracuse in their own backyard.

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How To Watch CBS' Bracket Reveal Show

Looking to watch the CBS NCAA Bracket reveal show? Here's how.

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Where is everyone going dancing this March?

After clinching their first MAC Championship in 10 years last night, and thus the NCAA Tournament auto-bid, where are the experts putting the Western Michigan Broncos in their brackets?

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In the End, Western Michigan HAD to Be MAC Champs

With a 23-9 record, and a share of the MAC Regular Season Title, the Western Michigan Broncos already had a great season before last night's MAC Championship. But in reality, they were the only choice for the MAC Title.

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Western Michigan beats Toledo for MAC Championship

The Western Michigan Broncos are the 2013-2014 MAC Tournament Champions!

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Western Michigan Wins MAC Title, Twitter Reacts

The Broncos are the MAC champions. What does Twitter have to say?

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