Syracuse is off to its best start in school history thanks to an inspired defensive effort leading to a 71-63 win over the Pitt Panthers.
The Orange (20-0, 7-0 Big East) had a previous best of 19 wins to start a season in 1999-2000 and breached that mark against a Pitt team it hadn’t beaten since the 2006 Big East Tournament. The win also gave coach Jim Boeheim win No. 876, placing him in a tie with Adolph Rupp for No. 4 on the all-time Division I wins list. If Syracuse stays perfect, Boeheim can pass Dean Smith for No. 3 all time with a win at St. John’s on Feb. 4.
Syracuse played its usual brand of defense leading the offense, but a few things were noteworthy in this game that will be a sign of things to come as the Orange pass into the third trimester of the regular season.
Here’s what we saw.