Former 'Cuse guard prepares to face the Orange

By Travis Eldridge

March 21, 2014 Updated Mar 21, 2014 at 11:39 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Come Saturday night, Syracuse will either be heading to the Sweet 16 for the fifth time in six years, or heading home. In their way is 11th seed Dayton, and while their seed may not indicate it, the Flyers are not a team to take lightly.

Dayton knocked off Ohio State on Thursday in Buffalo, and enters Saturday's game having won 11 of their last 13 games.

They're a team the Orange are not taking for granted.

"It's kind of similar to Duke having five guys that can score and they have a similar offense to that, as far as people who can score," said Tyler Ennis. "So we're just going to have to stay focused and play our game.

"They're a really good team and you've just got to come ready to play," said Trevor Cooney. "Our defense has to be like it was the other day, and it can't be like it was in the games that we were losing or not playing as well. When it is good, we're a better team."

Dayton has an advantage when it comes to scouting though. Current Flyers assistant Allen Griffin is a former Syracuse captain. Griffin suited up in Orange from 1998-2001.

On Friday, Griffin was asked what it'll be like to see coach Jim Boeheim on the opposite sideline.

"No different, no different. You know he's going to look down there at me, and I'm going to look down at him, he's going to want to win and again I want t win too," said Griffin. "You know it's business. It is what it is and I'll see him after the game, give him a hug and keep it moving."

"I'm not looking at Allen, don't worry," said Boeheim on Friday. "I know someplace on him he's got something orange. It's not going to be in view. His heart will be for sure. He's a great Syracuse kid, he's as good as we've ever had."

If recent history is any indication, Syracuse should be in good shape against Griffin and the Flyers on Saturday night. The only other time the Orange played an NCAA Tournament in Buffalo, 2010. That year, SU won its pair of games, moving on to the Sweet 16.

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