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Syracuse's Hillsman schedules with an eye toward NCAAs

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NEW YORK (AP) Quentin Hillsman is already thinking ahead to March and the NCAA Tournament.

Syracuse's coach scheduled up in the early part of the season with games against No. 3 Oregon and No. 20 Texas A&M with the hopes of playing well and potentially getting a home game in the opening weekend of the NCAAs.

"I think hosting the NCAA Tournament worked out good for us," Hillsman said after the team beat Texas A&M on Wednesday. "Try to get those games back in the Dome again. We're very much conscious of how we schedule and who we schedule. I remember awhile back sitting in the room for selection the year we were left out. ... I can't blame it on our schedule anymore. I told the (kids) I schedule this way on purpose because I thought we were good enough. The teams that we scheduled and tournaments we're going to, they are very good teams. We're not playing any bad teams in those neutral site games. It's about trying to host these games and be at home (for the NCAAs)."

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