Syracuse Basketball: A Season of Firsts

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Syracuse Basketball: A Season of Firsts
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College basketball and Syracuse University are on a break.

Syracuse (29-1, 16-1 Big East) men’s basketball is enjoying a week off after pulling out a thrilling victory Saturday night over the University of Connecticut (17-11, 8-9,) 71-69, in Storrs, Conn.

The Orange will close out its regular season at home on Saturday, March 3, against Louisville at 4 p.m.

While Syracuse takes this week to lick its wounds and prepare for the post season, it’s a good time to look back at some of the highlights of this season. The second-ranked Orange started the season at No. 5 in the country and hasn’t fallen below that ranking this entire campaign.

From an electric start to the season to exorcising old demons, this has been a magical season for Syracuse and its head coach, Jim Boeheim. Boeheim passed North Carolina stalwart, Dean Smith on the all-time wins list for Division 1 coaches, with only Bob Knight and Mike Krzyzewski ahead.

Boeheim would probably say that he’s not doing anything different than he normally does, but his depth on the bench has provided a different look for Syracuse, which, in years past, has only gone about seven or eight players deep. This season’s edition of the Orange is remarkable for the fact that it has 10 players who average at least 11 minutes per game. This has allowed Syracuse to keep its players’ legs fresh and overcome an off night from any of its ranks.

Here’s a look at some of the finer points of the Syracuse season.

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