Syracuse Basketball: 7 Reasons the 2012-13 Orange Are Final-Four Bound

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Syracuse Basketball: 7 Reasons the 2012-13 Orange Are Final-Four Bound
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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.

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