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No. 4 Syracuse advances to take on No. 12 Cal

Mar 22, 2013, 1:23 AM EDT

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And you thought VCU’s 88-42 win over Akron was the worst beatdown of the day?

I guess you went to bed before No. 4 seed Syracuse played No. 13 seed Montana.

The Orange beat Montana 81-34. Seriously.

Montana shot 11-54 from the floor for the game. That’s 20.4%. They were 4-31 from three, which is good for 12.9%. All told, Montana made 19 shots — 11 field goals and eight free throws — and committed 17 turnovers.

Their leading scorer? Well, there were four guys that managed to score five points. Three players happened to make two fields goals. I would go on, but the point here isn’t to embarrass Montana.

Because they are a better basketball team than they showed tonight. But man, that was one heck of an off-night, wasn’t it?

The Orange will advance to take on No. 12 seed California, who dispatched No. 5 UNLV on Thursday, in a game that will be played in San Jose, more or less a home game for the Bears. My guess is that Cal will play a bit better than Montana did on Thursday.

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