The Syracuse Orange had a great season in 2011-12. They set a school record for regular-season wins by going 30-1 overall and 17-1 in conference play, which is the best mark ever for a Big East Conference regular-season champion.
They earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three seasons.
Jim Boeheim tallied his 890th victory as a coach and is poised to surpass legendary coach Bob Knight next season and become the sixth winningest coach in NCAA history.
Three players from last season are projected to be selected in the upcoming NBA draft.
All in all, not a bad season despite a disappointing tournament run for diehard Orange fans.
The team will bring back key players from last year, including senior guard Brandon Trische, junior forwards CJ Fair and Baye Keita, sophomore point guard Michael Carter-Williams and center Rakeem Christmas. They also have one of the top recruiting classes for next season, led by McDonald's All-American DaJuan Coleman.
In his latest Bracketology, ESPN's Joe Lunardi has the Syracuse Orange as a No. 3 seed in the Field of 68.
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