Syracuse Orange men's basketball

Syracuse Orange
2016–17 Syracuse Orange men's basketball team
University Syracuse University
Conference ACC
Location Syracuse, NY
Head coach Jim Boeheim (41st year)
Arena Carrier Dome
(Capacity: 35,446)
Nickname Orange
Colors Orange[1]
Pre-tournament Premo-Porretta champions
1918, 1926
Pre-tournament Helms champions
1918, 1926
NCAA Tournament runner-up
1987, 1996
NCAA Tournament Final Four
1975, 1987, 1996, 2003, 2013, 2016
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1957, 1966, 1975, 1987, 1989, 1996, 2003, 2012, 2013, 2016
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1957, 1966, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1984, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2016
NCAA Tournament appearances
1957, 1966, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016
Conference tournament champions
1981, 1988, 1992, 2005, 2006
Conference regular season champions
1980, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1991, 2000, 2003, 2010, 2012

The Syracuse Orange men's basketball program is an intercollegiate men's basketball team representing Syracuse University. The program is classified in the NCAA's Division I, and the team competes in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Since playing its first official season in 1900-1901, the Orange has established a strong reputation as the fifth winningest men's Division I basketball team of all-time, and currently holds an active NCAA-record 46 consecutive winning seasons.[2]

In its 40th year under current head coach Jim Boeheim, the team has compiled an all-time record 37 20-win seasons, including ten Big East regular season championships, five Big East Tournament championships, 32 NCAA Tournament appearances (and 38 all-time), and three appearances in the national title game. In those games, the Orange lost to Indiana in 1987 and Kentucky in 1996, before defeating Kansas for the title in 2003.


Early history

Syracuse fielded its first varsity basketball team in 1900-01. The program rose to national prominence early in its history, being recognized by the Helms Athletic Foundation as national champions for 1918 and 1926. The program made National Invitation Tournament appearances in 1946 and 1950, won the 1951 National Campus Tournament, and made its first NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament appearance in 1957. Notable early era players included Hall of Famer Vic Hanson and racial pioneer Wilmeth Sidat-Singh.

National emergence

The modern era of Syracuse basketball began with the arrival of future Hall of Famer Dave Bing. As a sophomore in 1964, Bing led the team to an NIT appearance and as a senior in 1966, he led the team to its second NCAA Tournament appearance, where it reached the regional final.[3] Bing's backcourt partner on these teams was future Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim.

Syracuse remained competitive after Bing's departure, with NIT appearances in 1967, 1971, and 1972. Under coach Roy Danforth, in 1973, the team began a string of consecutive NCAA appearances highlighted by a Final Four appearance in 1975. The 1975 squad featured guard Jim Lee and forward Rudy Hackett and was affectionately known as "Roy's Runts."[4]

Boeheim takes over

Following the 1976 season, Danforth was hired away by Tulane University and the University turned to young assistant Jim Boeheim to assume the helm. Boeheim extended the string of NCAA appearances to nine, with bids in each of his first four seasons, a period in which his teams won 100 games. These teams featured star forward Louis Orr and center Roosevelt Bouie and were sometimes referred to as the "Louie and Bouie Show."[5]

A new conference

Syracuse was a founding member of the Big East Conference in 1979, along with Georgetown University, St. John's University and Providence College. Syracuse and Georgetown were each ranked in the top ten in 1980, and a new and major rivalry blossomed when Georgetown snapped Syracuse's 57-game home winning streak in the final men's basketball game played at Manley Field House.[6] Over the next ten seasons, these two schools met eight times in the Big East Tournament, four times in the finals, and met numerous times on national television during the regular season.

Syracuse won the Big East Tournament in 1981, but was passed over by the NCAA Tournament. The team, featuring Danny Schayes and Leo Rautins, finished runner-up in the NIT.[7] The team returned to the NIT in 1982, before beginning another extended streak of NCAA appearances in 1983.

Buoyed by the visibility provided by the Big East and by rising attendances at the Carrier Dome, Syracuse continued to increase in national prominence regardless of their lack of both conference or national titles. Heralded high school phenomenon Dwayne "Pearl" Washington joined the team in 1983, and led the school to NCAA appearances in 1984, 1985, and 1986, before leaving school early for the NBA Draft.[8]

Falling just short

Despite the early loss of Washington, Syracuse returned to the NCAAs in 1987, with a team featuring Rony Seikaly, Sherman Douglas and freshman Derrick Coleman, reaching the National Championship game before losing, 7473, in the final to Indiana on a last-second jump shot by Keith Smart.[9] Led by Coleman, Douglas, Seikaly, Stephen Thompson and Billy Owens, the school extended its string of NCAA appearances to 10 seasons before that string was broken in 1993, due to NCAA sanctions resulting from an incident involving a booster.[10]

Led by guard Lawrence Moten and forward/center John Wallace, the school returned to the NCAAs in 1994 and 1995. In 1996, Wallace led the team to its third Final Four appearance, where it played impressively before losing, 7667, in the final to a heavily favored Kentucky team that included nine future NBA players. (Kentucky head coach Rick Pitino had been an assistant coach to Boeheim in 1976, 1977.)[11]

A new millennium dawns

Andy Rautins

The 1997 squad won 19 games but was bypassed by the NCAA Tournament and appeared in the NIT. The 1998, 1999, and 2000 squads featuring guard Jason Hart and center Etan Thomas all earned NCAA bids.[12] In 2000, the University also named its All-Century Team, recognizing its greatest players of the 20th century and the school's first 100 years of basketball.[13] The team made a fourth consecutive NCAA appearance in 2001, but returned to the NIT in 2002, despite having a 20-win season. This marked the first time a school with 20 wins from the Big East Conference was denied a bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Champions at last

Although unranked in the preseason polls for the 2002-03 season, led by freshmen Carmelo Anthony and Gerry McNamara and sophomore Hakim Warrick, the Orangemen won their first NCAA Tournament Championship with an 8178 defeat of the University of Kansas in the final. Anthony was named NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player.[14]

After the crown

View of the Carrier Dome in its basketball configuration. View from Section 307, Row U.

Anthony left for the NBA Draft after the school year, but McNamara and Warrick stayed on, leading the team to NCAA bids in 2004 and 2005.[15] The latter season saw Syracuse introduce a new nickname, dropping "Orangemen" and "Orangewomen" in favor of "Orange".

In 2006, McNamara would lead the Orange to an extremely unexpected Big East Championship victory, making the 9th-seeded Orange the lowest seed to ever win the championship and only the 3rd school to repeat as Big East tournament champions, but was immediately defeated in the opening round of the 2006 NCAA tournament by Texas A&M, 6658.[16]

The 2007-08 season for the Orange was up and down. The Orange had a 50-point win over East Tennessee State on December 15, the largest margin of victory in 20 seasons.[17] They recorded top-25 wins over Georgetown[18] and Marquette.[19] But the team lost to Villanova in the Big East Tournament opening round, and to UMass in the NIT. UMass became the first team ever to beat the Orange twice in the same season at the Carrier Dome.[20]

In the 2008-09 season Syracuse was led by sophomore guard Jonny Flynn. The team returned key players like Eric Devendorf, Andy Rautins, Rick Jackson, Arinze Onuaku and Paul Harris. Syracuse gained a tremendous amount of media attention following a 127117 upset of UConn in six overtimes during the early morning hours of March 13, 2009 "the Game that wouldn't end" to advance to the semifinals of the Big East Conference Tournament. This game solidified their seeding in the 2009 NCAA Tournament. This game was the second longest of any game in NCAA History and only the 4th to make it into six overtimes.[21] However, they lost in the Big East Final. Syracuse received a 3 seed and beat Stephen F. Austin 5944 in the First Round. Syracuse stamped its ticket to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2004, defeating 6th seed Arizona State 7867. However, the season ended with a loss to No. 2 seed Oklahoma, as the Sooners ended the Orange's season with an 8471 loss.[22]

At the start of the 2009-10 season, having lost three key players (Devendorf, Flynn, Harris) from the previous season, the Orange was not considered a top contender, unranked[23] in the preseason AP Poll. An early exhibition game loss to local LeMoyne College, a Division II school, did little to improve the outlook. However, led by its starters, returning seniors Andy Rautins and Arinze Onuaku, junior Rick Jackson, a relatively unknown transfer from Iowa State University, forward Wes Johnson, freshman point guard Brandon Triche, plus standout reserve players, sophomores Kris Joseph and Scoop Jardine, the team began to deliver, winning its first 13 regular season games. By the second week of rankings, the Orange had climbed into the top ten, staying in the top five continuously from week 9. Syracuse reached a number one ranking two weeks before the season ended, finishing the season in fourth place with its best-ever regular season winloss performance, at 28-3. It finished on top of the Big East for the regular season, losing in the Big East Tournament's quarter finals. A 1-seed in the West Region of the 2010 NCAA Tournament, the Orange fell in the Sweet Sixteen to 5-seed and AP #11 Butler to end the season 30–5.

Senior Big East Defensive player of the Year Rick Jackson and Juniors Kris Joseph and Scoop Jardine led the 2010-2011 Orange. Syracuse started strong by winning their first 18 contests before losing in Pittsburgh. That loss started a slide for the Orange, who lost six of their next eight games. The Orange regained their momentum by beating the West Virginia Mountaineers to start a six-game winning streak before losing in overtime to the Connecticut Huskies in the semi-finals of the Big East Tournament. With a record of 28-7, the Orange garnered a #3 seed in the East Region of the NCAA tournament. The Orange easily handled Indiana State 77-60 in their first game. The Orange faced Marquette in the second round when one of the tournament's more controversial moments occurred. With the game tied at 59 with 51 seconds left, a backcourt violation was called on the Orange when Scoop Jardine retrieved Dion Waiters' inbound pass with one foot landing in the front court before his second settled in the backcourt. NCAA officiating coordinator John Adams admitted the call was made in error however; the officials were unaware of the full rule.[24] According to the 2010 and 2011 NCAA Men's and Women's Basketball Rulebook, Rule 4, Section 3, Article 8 states: "After a jump ball or during a throw-in, the player in his/her front court, who makes the initial touch on the ball while both feet are off the playing court, may be the first to secure control of the ball and land with one or both feet in the back court. It makes no difference if the first foot down was in the front court or back court." Marquette guard Darius Johnson-Odom hit a three-pointer on the ensuing possession with 27 second left to give the Golden Eagles the lead for good and a spot to the Sweet Sixteen. The loss culminated a season in which SU remained undefeated outside of their conference for the first time in the program's history.

2012-13 was the school's last season in the Big East Conference. Led by sophomore point guard Michael Carter-Williams and Junior forward C.J. Fair, the team made its fifth trip to the Final Four.

New conference

On July 1, 2013, Syracuse, Notre Dame and Pittsburgh joined the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).

In its first season in the conference, Syracuse started 25-0 before losing six of its last nine games. The team featured two Second Team All Americans, point guard Tyler Ennis and forward C.J. Fair,[25] and finished second in the ACC regular season standings.

As of the end of the 2013/2014 season, Syracuse has an active record of 44 consecutive winning seasons, with their last non-winning season being the 1969/1970 season when the team finished with 12 wins and 12 loses.[26] In this time Syracuse has made 37 NCAA Tournament appearances, including 5 Final Four appearances and one NCAA Tournament Championship.[26] The program has also made 12 NIT appearances and won 2 early (pre-tournament era) national championships. The program has produced 2 Hall of Fame players, Vic Hanson and Dave Bing, and one Hall of Fame coach, Jim Boeheim.

Home court

Syracuse home games in the early years were played at Archbold Gymnasium, an on-campus gym that is still used for various university activities. After a 1947 fire, most home games were played at Syracuse's state fairgrounds' Coliseum and other local venues. In 1962, home games moved to the newly constructed Manley Field House which finally gave the team a powerful home court advantage. The team became so fond of the space that its coaches objected to moving to the Carrier Dome when it was opened in 1980. But the team was moved anyway, because the Dome could not survive on a schedule of just 6 home football games a year. In its setup for basketball, the Dome can hold crowds of more than 30,000 for its biggest games, an advantage that has served to intimidate opposing teams for more than 30 years.[27]

On February 1, 2014 Syracuse broke its own record for the largest on-campus crowd at a college basketball game against Duke University with a crowd of 35,466. The game was also the third most viewed regular season game in ESPN history, with 4.75 million viewers. The previous record attendance was set in February, 2013 in a game against long-time rival Georgetown University.[28] The total ticket count for that game was 35,012.[28]


NCAA tournament results

The Orange have appeared in the NCAA Tournament 38 times. Their combined record is 65–38. They were National Champions in 2003.

Year Seed Round Opponent Result
1957 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
North Carolina
W 82–76
W 75–71
L 58–67
1966 Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
W 94–78
L 81–91
1973 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Regional 3rd Place Game
W 83–82
L 75–91
W 69–68
1974 First Round Oral Roberts L 82–86OT
1975 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National 3rd Place Game
La Salle
North Carolina
Kansas State
W 87–83OT
W 78–76
W 95–87OT
L 79–95
L 88–96OT
1976 First Round Texas Tech L 56–69
1977 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
W 93–88OT
L 59–81
1978 First Round WKU L 86–87OT
1979 #4 Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#5 Connecticut
#9 Penn
W 89–81
L 76–84
1980 #1 Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#8 Villanova
#5 Iowa
W 97–83
L 77–88
1983 #6 First Round
Second Round
#11 Morehead State
#3 Ohio State
W 74–59
L 74–79
1984 #3 Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#6 VCU
#7 Virginia
W 78–63
L 55–63
1985 #7 First Round
Second Round
#10 DePaul
#2 Georgia Tech
W 70–65
L 53–70
1986 #2 First Round
Second Round
#15 Brown
#7 Navy
W 101–52
L 85–97
1987 #2 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship
#15 Georgia Southern
#10 WKU
#6 Florida
#1 North Carolina
#6 Providence
#1 Indiana
W 79–73
W 104–86
W 87–81
W 79–75
W 77–63
L 73–74
1988 #3 First Round
Second Round
#14 North Carolina A&T
#11 Rhode Island
W 69–55
L 94–97
1989 #2 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#15 Bucknell
#10 Colorado State
#3 Missouri
#1 Illinois
W 104–81
W 65–50
W 83–80
L 86–89
1990 #2 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#15 Coppin State
#7 Virginia
#6 Minnesota
W 70–48
W 63–61
L 75–82
1991 #2 First Round #15 Richmond L 73-69
1992 #6 First Round
Second Round
#11 Princeton
#3 Massachusetts
W 51–43
L 71–77
1994 #4 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#13 Hawaiʻi
#12 Green Bay
#1 Missouri
W 92–78
W 64–59
L 88–98OT
1995 #7 First Round
Second Round
#10 Southern Illinois
#2 Arkansas
W 96–92
L 94–96OT
1996 #4 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship
#13 Montana State
#12 Drexel
#8 Georgia
#2 Kansas
#5 Mississippi State
#1 Kentucky
W 88–55
W 69–58
W 83–81OT
W 60–57
W 77–69
L 67–76
1998 #5 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#12 Iona
#4 New Mexico
#1 Duke
W 63–61
W 56–46
L 80–67
1999 #8 First Round #9 Oklahoma State L 61–69
2000 #4 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#13 Samford
#5 Kentucky
#1 Michigan State
W 79–65
W 52–50
L 58–75
2001 #5 First Round
Second Round
#12 Hawaiʻi
#4 Kansas
W 79–69
L 58–87
2003 #3 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship
#14 Manhattan
#6 Oklahoma State
#10 Auburn
#1 Oklahoma
#1 Texas
#2 Kansas
W 76–65
W 68–56
W 79–78
W 63–47
W 95–84
W 81–78
2004 #5 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#12 BYU
#4 Maryland
#8 Alabama
W 80–75
W 72–70
L 71–80
2005 #4 First Round #13 Vermont L 57–60OT
2006 #5 First Round #12 Texas A&M L 58–66
2009 #3 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#14 Stephen F. Austin
#6 Arizona State
#2 Oklahoma
W 59–44
W 78–67
L 71–84
2010 #1 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#16 Vermont
#8 Gonzaga
#5 Butler
W 79–56
W 87–65
L 59–63
2011 #3 Second Round
Third Round
#14 Indiana State
#11 Marquette
W 77–60
L 62–66
2012 #1 Second Round
Third Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#16 UNC Asheville
#8 Kansas State
#4 Wisconsin
#2 Ohio State
W 72–65
W 75–59
W 64–63
L 70–77
2013 #4 Second Round
Third Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
#13 Montana
#12 California
#1 Indiana
#3 Marquette
#4 Michigan
W 81–34
W 66–60
W 61–50
W 55–39
L 56–61
2014 #3 Second Round
Third Round
#14 Western Michigan
#11 Dayton
W 77–53
L 53–55
2016 #10 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
#7 Dayton
#15 Middle Tennessee State
#11 Gonzaga
#1 Virginia
#1 North Carolina
W 70–51
W 75–50
W 63–60
W 68–62
L 66–83

*Following the introduction of the "First Four" round in 2011, the Round of 64 and Round of 32 were referred to as the Second Round and Third Round, respectively, from 2011 to 2015. Then from 2016 moving forward, the Round 64 and Round of 32 will be called the First and Second rounds, as they were prior to 2011.

NIT results

The Orange have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) 12 times. Their combined record is 14–13.

Year Round Opponent Result
1946 Quarterfinals Muhlenberg L 41–47
1950 First Round
Long Island
W 80–52
L 66–78
1964 First Round NYU L 68–77
1967 First Round New Mexico L 64–66
1971 First Round Michigan L 76–86
1972 First Round
Second Round
W 81–77
L 65–71
1981 First Round
Second Round
Holy Cross
W 88–81
W 77–75
W 91–76
W 70–63
L 84–86
1982 First Round
Second Round
Saint Peter's
W 84–75
L 81–95
1997 First Round Florida State L 67–82
2002 First Round
Second Round
3rd Place Game
St. Bonaventure
South Carolina
W 76–66
W 66–65
W 62–46
L 59–66
L 64–65
2007 First Round
Second Round
South Alabama
San Diego State
W 79–73
W 80–64
L 70–74
2008 First Round
Second Round
Robert Morris
W 87–81
W 88–72
L 77–81

National Campus Basketball Tournament results

The Orange appeared in the only National Campus Basketball Tournament where they were champions with a record of 3–0.

Year Round Opponent Result
1951 Quarterfinals
W 69–52
W 74–57
W 76–75

Season-by-season results

Season Overall
Pct. Conf.
Pct. Conference
Postseason Head Coach Team
1900-01 22.500----------NoneNo Coach
1901-02 33.500----------NoneNo Coach
1902-03 18.111----------NoneNo Coach
1903-04 118.579----------NoneJohn A. R. Scott
1904-05 147.667----------NoneJohn A. R. Scott
1905-06 93.750----------NoneJohn A. R. Scott
1906-07 43.571----------NoneJohn A. R. Scott
1907-08 103.769----------NoneJohn A. R. Scott
1908-09 78.467----------NoneJohn A. R. Scott
1909-10 311.214----------NoneJohn A. R. Scott
1910-11 611.353----------NoneJohn A. R. Scott
1911-12 113.786----------NoneEdmund Dollard
1912-13 83.727----------NoneEdmund Dollard
1913-14 1201.000----------NoneEdmund Dollard
1914-15 101.909----------NoneEdmund Dollard
1915-16 93.750----------NoneEdmund Dollard
1916-17 133.813----------NoneEdmund Dollard
1917-18 161.941----------NoneEdmund DollardNational Champions
1918-19 133.813----------NoneEdmund Dollard
1919-20 153.833----------NoneEdmund Dollard
1920-21 129.571----------NoneEdmund Dollard
1921-22 168.667----------NoneEdmund Dollard
1922-23 812.400----------NoneEdmund Dollard
1923-24 810.444----------NoneEdmund Dollard
1924-25 152.882----------NoneLewis Andreas
1925-26 191.950----------NoneLewis AndreasNational Champions
1926-27 154.789----------NoneLewis Andreas
1927-28 106.625----------NoneLewis Andreas
1928-29 114.733----------NoneLewis Andreas
1929-30 182.900----------NoneLewis Andreas
1930-31 164.800----------NoneLewis Andreas
1931-32 138.619----------NoneLewis Andreas
1932-33 142.875----------NoneLewis Andreas
1933-34 152.882----------NoneLewis Andreas
1934-35 152.882----------NoneLewis Andreas
1935-36 125.706----------NoneLewis Andreas
1936-37 134.765----------NoneLewis Andreas
1937-38 145.737----------NoneLewis Andreas
1938-39 154.789----------NoneLewis Andreas
1939-40 108.556----------NoneLewis Andreas
1940-41 145.737----------NoneLewis Andreas
1941-42 156.714----------NoneLewis Andreas
1942-43 810.444----------NoneLewis Andreas
1943-44 Did not play - Team suspended
1944-45 712.368----------NoneLewis Andreas
1945-46 234.852----------NITLewis Andreas
1946-47 196.760----------NCAA District IILewis Andreas
1947-48 1113.458----------NoneLewis Andreas
1948-49 187.720----------NoneLewis Andreas
1949-50 189.667----------NITLewis Andreas
1950-51 199.679----------National Campus Tournament Champions[29] Marc Guley
1951-52 146.700----------NoneMarc Guley
1952-53 711.389----------NoneMarc Guley
1953-54 109.526----------NoneMarc Guley
1954-55 1011.476----------NoneMarc Guley
1955-56 148.636----------NoneMarc Guley
1956-57 187.720----------NCAAMarc GuleyElite 8
1957-58 1110.524----------NoneMarc Guley
1958-59 149.609----------NoneMarc Guley
1959-60 138.619----------NoneMarc Guley
1960-61 419.174----------NoneMarc Guley
1961-62 222.083----------NoneMarc Guley
1962-63 813.381----------NoneFred Lewis
1963-64 178.680----------NITFred Lewis
1964-65 1310.565----------NoneFred Lewis
1965-66 226.786----------NCAAFred LewisElite 8
1966-67 206.769----------NITFred Lewis
1967-68 1114.440----------NoneFred Lewis
1968-69 916.360----------NoneRoy Danforth
1969-70 1212.500----------NoneRoy Danforth
1970-71 197.731----------NITRoy Danforth
1971-72 226.786----------NITRoy Danforth
1972-73 245.828----------NCAARoy Danforth
1973-74 197.731----------NCAARoy Danforth
1974-75 239.719--------Won ECAC Upstate tournament[30] NCAARoy DanforthFinal Four
1975-76 209.690--------Won ECAC Upstate tournament[31]NCAARoy Danforth
1976-77 264.867--------Won ECAC Upstate-South tournament[32]NCAAJim Boeheim
1977-78 226.786--------Lost in semifinals of ECAC Upstate-South tournament[33]NCAAJim Boeheim
1978-79 264.867--------Lost in finals of ECAC Upstate-South tournament[34]NCAAJim Boeheim
1979-80 264.86751.833T-1st (Big East)Lost in finalsNCAAJim Boeheim
1980-81 2212.64768.4296thConference ChampionNITJim Boeheim
1981-82 1613.55277.5005thLost in quarter-finalsNITJim Boeheim
1982-83 2110.67797.5635thLost in semi-finalsNCAAJim Boeheim
1983-84 239.719124.7502ndLost in finalsNCAAJim Boeheim
1984-85 229.71097.5633rdLost in semi-finalsNCAAJim Boeheim
1985-86 266.813142.8751stLost in finalsNCAAJim Boeheim
1986-87 317.816124.7501stLost in finalsNCAAJim BoeheimFinal Four
1987-88 269.743115.6882ndConference ChampionNCAAJim Boeheim
1988-89 308.789106.6253rdLost in finalsNCAAJim Boeheim
1989-90 267.788124.7501stLost in finalsNCAAJim BoeheimElite 8
1990-91 266.813124.7501stLost in quarter-finalsNCAAJim Boeheim
1991-92 2210.688108.5565thConference ChampionNCAAJim Boeheim
1992-93 209.690108.5563rdLost in finalsNoneJim Boeheim
1993-94 237.767135.7222ndLost in quarter-finalsNCAAJim Boeheim
1994-95 2010.667126.6673rdLost in quarter-finalsNCAAJim Boeheim
1995-96 299.763126.6672nd (Big East 7)Lost in semi-finalsNCAAJim BoeheimFinal Four
1996-97 1913.59499.5004th (Big East 7)Lost in quarter-finalsNITJim Boeheim
1997-98 269.743126.6671st (Big East 7)Lost in finalsNCAAJim Boeheim
1998-99 2112.636108.5564thLost in semi-finalsNCAAJim Boeheim
1999-00 266.813133.8131stLost in quarter-finalsNCAAJim Boeheim
2000-01 259.735106.625T-2nd (West)Lost in semi-finalsNCAAJim Boeheim
2001-02 2313.63997.563T-3rd (West)Lost in 1st RoundNITJim Boeheim
2002-03 305.857133.813T-1st (West)Lost in semi-finalsNCAAJim BoeheimNational Champions
2003-04 238.742115.688T-3rdLost in quarter-finalsNCAAJim Boeheim
2004-05 12*7.794115.688T-3rdConference ChampionNCAAJim Boeheim
2005-06 2*12.65779.438T-9thConference ChampionNCAAJim Boeheim
2006-07 0*11.686106.625T-5thLost in quarter-finalsNITJim Boeheim
2007-08 2114.60099.500T-8thLost in quarter-finalsNITJim Boeheim
2008-09 289.757117.6116thLost in finalsNCAAJim Boeheim#3 seed in South Region, lost in Sweet 16
2009-10 305.857153.8331stLost in quarter-finalsNCAAJim Boeheim#1 seed in West Region, lost in Sweet 16
2010-11 20*8.771126.667T-3rdLost in semi-finalsNCAAJim Boeheim#3 seed in East Region, lost in Round of 32
2011-12 0*3.919171.9441stLost in semi-finalsNCAAJim Boeheim#1 seed in East Region, lost in Elite Eight
2012-13 3010.757117.6115thLost in finalsNCAAJim BoeheimFinal Four
2013-14 286.824144.7782nd - ACCLost in 1st roundNCAAJim Boeheim#3 seed in South Region, lost in Round of 32
2014-15 1813.58199.5008th - ACC--NoneJim Boeheim
2015-16 2314.62299.500T-9th - ACCLost in 1st roundNCAAJim BoeheimFinal Four
1835858.693397210.65410 Big East titles
(Regular season)
5 Big East
tournament titles
38 NCAA bids (7th)
12 NIT bids
6 Final Fours1 NCAA National

101 wins vacated

Basketball "retired" uniforms

Syracuse University honors jersey/uniform numbers of its athletes, but the numbers are not officially "retired" and remain active.[35] Historically, Syracuse University has restricted the men's basketball team from wearing such numbers, but there have also been exceptions to this custom. An example of the former is Carmelo Anthony, who wore #22 in high school, but since the number was already "retired" at Syracuse, Anthony chose #15 as an alternate upon his arrival. Similarly, Gerry McNamara wore #31 in high school, also "retired" by Syracuse University (McNamara chose #3 instead).

Players currently in the NBA

Players currently playing professionally around the world

See also


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