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The Syracuse Orange advanced to the Sweet 16 of the 2012 NCAA tournament with wins over UNC Asheville and Kansas State, but many believe the East Region's No. 1 seed will fall flat against the fourth-seeded Wisconsin Badgers on Thursday night inside the TD Garden in Boston.

Las Vegas oddsmakers opened up the Orange as smallish four-point favorites, and that number has fallen by a half-point at most sports books, while the total stands at 120.5.

Syracuse is no stranger to the limelight of advancing in the Big Dance, as this contest will be its 17th appearance in the Sweet 16.

There's no doubt that many sports bettors will be hesitant in laying the points due to the earlier suspension of starting center Fab Melo before the team's second-round game.

I'm not sure if the Big East Conference regular-season champions will miss Melo's presence in the paint in this particular matchup due to Wisconsin's reliance on the three-point shot recently.

The Badgers have made 20 three-point shots in their first two games of the tournament, which actually leads the entire field in that category.<...

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