Syracuse's Jim Boeheim Becomes Third Coach to Reach 900 Wins

Tim KeeneyContributor IDecember 17, 2012

It wasn't exactly pretty, but Jim Boeheim is now an official member of the 900-win club after leading Syracuse to a win over the University of Detroit on Monday night. 

In fact, every single one of those victories has come with the Orange, which is another record in itself (via ESPN Stats & Info):

Jim Boeheim's 900 wins for @cuse are the most by any men's D-I basketball coach who spent whole career at one school

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 18, 2012

It's been a long 37-year roller coaster for Boeheim in New York, and Monday's 72-68 win might just be the game that finally makes him lose the hair that he has left.

At first, it appeared as though the Orange were going to make this potentially monumental game easy for their head coach. 

Fueled by a balanced effort on the offensive end (and a bunch of threes from James Southerland), Boeheim's team jumped out to a 40-21 halftime lead and a commanding 61-39 advantage with just over nine minutes to play. 

Naturally, though, Juwan Howard Jr. (yes, that Juwan Howard) caught fire and led a solid Titans team on a 25-6 run to cut the lead to 67-64 with 30 seconds remaining.

Fortunately for Boeheim, Michael Carter-Williams was able to cap off an ugly effort by knocking down his free throws to seal the win. 

It's been a truly magical run for Boeheim, who joins a couple of "decent" coaches in Mike Krzyzewski and Bob Knight in this prestigious club

In addition to leading the Orange to a national championship in 2003, Boeheim, according to Sports Reference, has racked up 10 Big East regular-season titles (and one Independent title) and three Final Four appearances.

And with Syracuse now at 10-0, it would appear that he isn't done, either.