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No Shocker: Melo Picking Syracuse to Win NCAAs

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ANTHONYNEW YORK — No shocker here, but Carmelo Anthony is picking Syracuse to win the NCAA championship despite their recent struggles.

“It happens, it happens,” Anthony said of the Orange, who have lost five of their last seven games after a 25-0 start. “They’ll bounce back.”

Asked if Syracuse — now projected as a 3 seed — can cut down the nets in North Texas, Anthony said “Without a doubt, I got them to win it. I’m picking them to win it.”

Anthony led Syracuse to its only previous NCAA championship as a freshman in 2003.

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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.