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The NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament has it's 68 teams with play set to tip off this week. The lead up to this point; as it is every year, was quite the confusing journey. To help us better understand how the selection process works we enroll in bracketology 101 with WAER's Drew Carter.

Also this week, JD Raucci has part two of the series Like Father, Like Son, highlighting father son duos with a presence on this years SU Men's Lacrosse team.

The search for top talent is a task many businesses and organization deal with each and every year. For Division One athletics the same struggle occurs when recruiting a new batch of players for your program.

WAER's Tyler Aki has the story of Syracuse University Men's Lacrosse and the talented individual they brought in, all the way from Portland, Oregon.

This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast we start by looking at some Syracuse Lacrosse families. Of course fans are familiar with the Simmons and Desko families, but what about the Currys? WAER's JD Raucci fills us in on the latest father-son duo of Todd and Brendan Curry.

Also this week it's a long road from Division III to Division I in college basketball. WAER's Maura Sheridan shares the story of Braedon Bayer who has made that exact journey.

Every basketball season has it's fair share of surprises. For the SU Men's Basketball team one of those pleasant surprises came in the from of Freshman Marek Dolezaj. This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast Zach Parnes shares with us the journey of the forward from Bratislava. 

Also this week, with just a few games left the tournament fate of SU Men's Basketball is still undecided.  WAER's Maura Sheridan looks at the road ahead  and what the team can do to extend their season.

This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast we'll reunite with a familiar name around Syracuse University. In the 90s, many teams led by Jim Boeheim were centered around toughness. Ryan Blackwell often times was the one to exhibit that toughness. Today he's leading in another way, as the head coach of the Liverpool Boys High School Basketball team. 

Also this week on the podcast WAER's Jonathon Hoppe examines of the rich history of Wake Forest sending successful players to the NBA.

Some things will never change in sports, one of those things is you can't win if you don't score points. Syracuse University Men's Basketball has struggled to do just that the past two seasons. WAER's Jack Patel explains some of the factors behind the recent struggle.

Also this week when SU left the Big East, they also left behind some of their biggest rivals. Now five years into ACC play who has stepped up as SU's biggest rival? WAER's Evan Stockton says the answer might just surprise you.

Like it or not conference realignment is a part of big time college athletics. In 2013 conference realignment sent ripples through the Big East as Syracuse, Connecticut and other schools parted ways with the conference.

Leaving a conference after so many years had schools like Syracuse and Connecticut wondering what life after the Big East would look like. WAER's Nate Dickinson examines the success and struggles for the two programs so far.

If you need a tool for a specific project, you'll want to make sure it's a brand you trust. That's the same way that NFL teams approach the draft each spring. They want to make sure they're drafting players who can do the job.

This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast, JD Raucci looks at how Boston College has taken back the reputation of being a hotbed for offensive lineman.

This week on the Best of WAER Sports Podcast, not only does Jim Boeheim's squad welcome four new freshman , they have all played internationally. WAER's Meredith Kava tells us where they came from and where they hope to take SU basketball.

Also this week, despite the gaudy stats posted by starting quarterback Eric Dungy there is another quarterback on the Syracuse roster worth talking about. WAER's Maura Sheridan has the story of backup Zach Mahoney.

To be successful in College Football it's important that you have a strong recruiting presence. That requires that you are able to find and attract top high school talent from different parts of the country.

This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast, Dana Gray reports that you might just be surprised at what state has brought SU Football the majority of it's recent talent.