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Syracuse Basketball: NCAA Tournament First-Round Memory

The Syracuse basketball program will play its 76th NCAA Tournament game Friday night against the No. 14-seeded Indiana St. Sycamores in a second-round contest at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, OH. The winner will advance to the third round and play either No. 11 Marquette Golden Eagles or No. 6 Xavier Musketeers on Sunday.

On Friday, the Orange (26-7) will be officially playing a second-round game, even though, this will be their first game in the 2011 NCAA Tournament. Before the NCAA expanded the field to 68 teams, SU had some first-round moments that are nice to remember. Here is a recent first-round memory that might get you pumped for tonight's game:

2004 NCAA Tournament vs. BYU - Gerry McNamara Scores 43 Points

GMac goes off for 43 vs BYU 2004 NCAA tournament first round (via senorpalmer)

Of course, McNamara is now apart of Jim Boeheim's coaching staff. Hopefully, some of his first-round magic can wear off on one of the Orange players tonight.

Also on Friday night, CBS college basketball announcer Gus Johnson will be calling the action. Love him or hate him (I really enjoy him) here are some of Gus' best NCAA Tournament calls:

Gus Johnson's Best NCAA Calls (via lawhon119)