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BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 20:  Trevor Cooney #10 of the Syracuse Orange takes a shot as Austin Richie #22 of the Western Michigan Broncos defends during the second round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the First Niagara Center on March 20, 2014 in Buffalo, New York.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 20: Trevor Cooney #10 of the Syracuse Orange takes a shot as Austin Richie #22 of the Western Michigan Broncos defends during the second round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the First Niagara Center on March 20, 2014 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Guard Play Lifts ‘Cuse to Win Over W. Mich.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse's backcourt of Trevor Cooney and Tyler Ennis combined for 34 points and the Orange defense clamped down in a 77-53 victory over Western Michigan on Thursday in the second round of the NCAA tournament

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Will Brown Talks NCAA Tournament Victory [AUDIO]

UAlbany senior guard DJ Evans picked one heck of a time to have a career night. Led by Evan's 22 points and 9 rebounds, the Great Danes knocked off Mount St. Mary's 71-64 on Tuesday night to notch the first NCAA Tournament in program history. Now, its off to Orlando to take on the top ranked team in the Dance, the Florida Gators.

Will Brown, the head coach of the Danes joined Joe and Brix today to discuss his team's signature victory. During their conversation Brown weighed in on his senior's big night, the whirlwind that is the NCAA Tourney, and his upcoming match-up with the Florida Gators.

Check out the interview below and make sure to tune into Joe & Brix from 3-7pm on 104.5 The Team, your home for New York sports.

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Armens Bracket
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104.5 The Teams Official NCAA Tournament Brackets

In the past three days there hasn't been a hour without tinkering, a team that wasn't researched, or a pair of brackets that are identical.  Here are the brackets for 104.5 The Teams roster.

 

(C)Armen Williams -Final 4(Florida,Arizona,Louisville, Michigan St.)

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Credit, Joe Bianchino
Credit, Joe Bianchino
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Joe Bianchino’s Bracket

The picks are in!  After hours and days of research and analysis, of flip-flopping, and flip-flip-flopping, the bracket is locked.

It's chalk-heavy, as my brackets tends to be, but it's not without gambles.  Take a look, let me know what you think, share your picks on our Facebook page, and check out some reasoning behind why I made the selections I did.

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How the Danes Got the Win

UAlbany defeated Mount St. Mary’s on Tuesday night, 71-64, in Dayton, Ohio, as part of the NCAA tournament’s “First Four” games.

A lot has been said about the “First Four” games (a lot of it by myself), but regardless, it is the first NCAA tournament win for the Albany program – and that’s quite an accomplishment

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Will Syracuse Be First No.3 Seed To Bow Out?

The Syracuse Orange have lost five of their last seven and all season have not been a great offensive team. With Jim Boeheim's short bench, all it takes is one or two guys to not play at the top of their game and 'Cuse could get upset

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Albany's Gary Johnson. (Getty Images)
Albany's Gary Johnson. (Getty Images)
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UAlbany Beats Mount St. Mary’s in First Four

UAlbany is on its way to play a high seed in the NCAA tournament for the second year in a row after a 71-64 win over Mount St. Mary's in Dayton, Ohio on Tuesday night.

The Danes lost to second-seeded Duke in the tournament a season ago and had a more difficult route to a high seed this year

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ACC Tournament: North Carolina State v. Syracuse
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How Far Will Syracuse Go In The NCAA Tournament

The Syracuse Orange started the 2013-14 season in historic fashion. Getting off to a 25-0 start and sitting as the unanimous No.1 in the AP poll, many thought this was going to be a Syracuse team that was destined for a No

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Syracuse guard Tyler Ennis dribbles around Maryland guard Seth Allen (4) on Monday night.
Syracuse guard Tyler Ennis dribbles around Maryland guard Seth Allen (4) on Monday night.
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NCAA Tournament Upset Alert Evaluations

To some, bracketology is all about finding the upsets.  Who's the Cinderella?  How far can they run before the glass slipper shatters and lodges shards of it deep in their foot?  Let's evaluate the popular options.

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Jimmy Patsos in studio
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Coach Jimmy Patsos Joins Joe&Brix To Breakdown NCAA

Siena men's basketball coach Jimmy Patsos has been coaching in the NCAA for 23 years. This includes winning the National Championship as an assistant with Maryland in 2002.

So what better person is there to have join Joe & Brix in studio one day after selection Sunday to get his take on all topics of the NCAA Tournament.  

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UAlbany Head Coach Will Brown Previews NCAA Tourney Match-Up [AUDIO]

The UAlbany Great Danes have shocked the world- or at least those who follow the America East. On Saturday, Albany pulled off their second major upset of their conference tournament, beating Stony Brook 69-60 to secure a spot in the NCAA Tournament.

Following their win, head coach Will Brown joined Joe & Brix to talk about his team’s impressive run and their upcoming battle against Mount St. Mary’s on Tuesday night. During their conversation, the coach weighed in the keys to wining the America East tourney, his team’s play-in game selection, and their chances to make some noise over the weekend.

Check out the interview below, and always make sure to check out Joe & Brix on 104.5 The Team, ESPN Radio. 

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Credit, Joe Bianchino
Credit, Joe Bianchino
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Bracket First Draft

We're beyond Selection Sunday, let the bracketology begin!

While I reserve the right to change any of my picks, here are my initial thoughts and early picks on the Big Dance.

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