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Syracuse Basketball: 5 Reasons Jim Boeheim Is College Basketball's Best Coach

Brandon CroceAnalyst IMarch 8, 2012

Syracuse Basketball: 5 Reasons Jim Boeheim Is College Basketball's Best Coach

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    When Syracuse Orange basketball is mentioned, Jim Boeheim's name is not far behind. That is what happens, though, when you have been the head coach for more than 30 years with the same team.

    The fact that Coach Boeheim can recruit players to come up to cold, snowy Syracuse to play basketball for four years should be reason enough to make him college basketball's best coach, but here are five more reasons why.

Boeheim Has Won a National Championship

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    Many feared Jim Boeheim would be one of those coaches who would have a great record, but would never win the big one. Thanks to Carmelo Anthony, Hakim Warrick and Gerry McNamara, he was able to erase that criticism in 2003.

    This was Boeheim's third appearance in the National Championship Game, and with a last-second miss by Kansas, Syracuse was able to capture the hardware. This year is his best chance at winning a second championship since 2003, but with the unpredictability of March Madness, nothing is guaranteed.

Postseason Success

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    Even though he has won only one National Championship, Jim Boeheim has had a great deal of success in conference tournaments and the NCAA tournament. He has won five Big East tournament titles, with his most recent one coming in in 2006.

    Boeheim has also had a great deal of success in the NCAA tournament, compiling a 44-26 record over his 34-year career. He has three Final Four appearances for his career, with the last one coming in 2003.

    He also has won two gold medals with the Men's National Team, winning the gold in the 2008 Olympics and the 2010 FIBA World Championship.

2-3 Zone Defense

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    It is no secret that teams who play the Syracuse Orange know they will be playing a 2-3 zone defense and will most likely struggle offensively.

    The fact that Coach Boeheim has had such success with a very simplistic defense shows the type of teacher he is. The 2-3 zone sparks the Orange's fast-break offense, and before opposing coaches know it, they are playing Coach Boeheim's game.

    This is one of the reasons Jim Boeheim is the top coach in college basketball

He's Posted a Winning Record Every Year

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    Boeheim has never had a losing record in his 34-year career, which is something Coach K can't even claim.

    This may be the most impressive stat and the best argument for Coach Boeheim. He also has gone to a postseason tournament—either the NCAA or the NIT—every year except in 1993, when Syracuse was ineligible because of NCAA sanctions. That year they had a record of 20-9.

Longevity at Syracuse

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    Jim Boeheim took over for coach Roy Danforth in 1977 and has been on the sidelines for Syracuse ever since. Over those 34 years, Boeheim has won 886 games, the most by a coach at one school, and trails only Coach K in wins by an active coach. 

    Even before he became a head coach, Boeheim was an assistant head coach for 10 years and played his college career at Syracuse. There is not another head coach in college basketball with this type of resume at one university. 

Conclusion

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    Jim Boeheim is an icon in Syracuse and has been there longer than a number of buildings on campus. He has never had a losing season, and he brought Syracuse their first National Championship.

    Coach Boeheim is the longest tenured active coach in college basketball, college football and every professional sport. There is something to say about a coach staying with one team for this long, especially in this day and age of sports.

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