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BUFFALO, N.Y.-Third-seeded Syracuse will meet 14th-seeded Western Michigan in the second round of the NCAA tournament's South Region.

The teams will meet Thursday in Buffalo, N.Y.

The game will give the Orange (27-5) a chance to reverse their late-season fade. They were 25-0 and No. 1 in the country last month, but lost four of six to close the regular season then fell to North Carolina State in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament quarterfinals.

Syracuse reached the Final Four last season, losing to national runner-up Michigan.

The Broncos (23-9) are in the field for the first time since 2004 after beating Toledo for the Mid-American Conference championship.

Sixth-seeded Ohio State meets 11th-seeded Dayton in the second round of the NCAA tournament's South Region.

The teams will meet Thursday in Buffalo, N.Y.

The Buckeyes (25-9) have been one of the most up-and-down teams in the field, rising to No. 3 nationally after a 15-0 start only to lose five of six and fall out of the Top 25.

Ohio State lost to Michigan in the Big Ten tournament semifinals.

The Flyers (23-10) lost in the Atlantic 10 tournament quarterfinals to keep them on the NCAA bubble. Dayton last made the tournament in 2009.

The schools are located about an hour apart, with their last meeting coming in the NIT in 2008.

Dayton is coached by Archie Miller, the brother of Arizona coach Sean Miller.

No. 2 seed Villanova will open NCAA tournament play Thursday in the East Regional by trying to stop No. 15 Milwaukee's surprising postseason run.

Milwaukee (21-13) posted a 7-9 Horizon League record in the regular season but earned its first NCAA bid since 2007 by winning the Horizon tournament as the No. 5 seed. Milwaukee defeated Wright State 69-63 in the Horizon championship game to snap the Raiders' six-game winning streak.

Villanova (28-4) won the Big East regular-season title and set a school record with 28 regular-season victories.

A Villanova victory would set up a potential Saturday showdown with former Big East foe Connecticut (26-8) or local rival St. Joseph's (24-9). Villanova and St. Joseph's are both located in Philadelphia. Villanova beat St. Joe's 98-68 on Dec. 7.

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