Syracuse basketball is primed for big things next season.
In 2011-'12, the Orange had one of the strangest seasons in recent memory.
Thirty regular season wins.
Six weeks as the No. 1 team in the nation.
A 35-year assistant coach fired after molestation allegations.
A star seven-footer ruled ineligible for the NCAA tournament without explicit reason.
A self-reported violation of university drug policy by past players.
And a run to the Elite Eight.
Most of the time, controversy and distractions off the court prevent a team from finding success on it. But this past season, Syracuse showed great focus and determination to give their season a different story.
Through hustle, talent and great leadership, Jim Boeheim's men turned a season about a nationwide and ever-changing controversy into a season about 34 wins and overcoming adversity.
Here are seven reasons the team will achieve even more in March 2013.