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Jim Boeheim Passes Bob Knight to Become 2nd-Winningest Men's Coach in History

Tim KeeneyContributor IJanuary 2, 2013

Thousands of head coaches down, one to go.

With an easy 78-53 win over Rutgers on Wednesday night, head coach Jim Boeheim passed Bob Knight for second place on the all-time Division I wins list in men's college basketball (via ESPN Stats & Info):

In Syracuse's win over Rutgers, Jim Boeheim earns victory no. 903 and passes Bob Knight for 2nd place on the all-time D-I wins list.

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) January 3, 2013

This one, much like many of Boeheim's other 902 wins, was never truly in doubt. The Scarlet Knights took a 20-18 lead with eight minutes left in the first half, but the Orange then rattled off 21 straight points to end the half at the Carrier Dome.

After Michael Carter-Williams drilled a three-pointer at the start of the second period to make the score 42-20, the lead was never cut below 20. 

Senior Brandon Triche poured in 25 points on just 11 field-goal attempts, while C.J. Fair chipped in 15 and Carter-Williams added yet another double-double with 12 points and 10 assists. 

It's been a long, marvelous career for Boeheim, whose every win has come with Syracuse, where he played from 1962 to 1966. 

Among the achievements on the 68-year-old's résumé is a national championship in 2003, a six-overtime marathon win against Connecticut in the 2009 Big East tournament, nine regular-season Big East titles and five Big East tournament wins. 

During his time with the Orange, Boeheim, who has a career winning percentage of .747, has led stars such as Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Coleman, Rony Seikaly and Hakim Warrick.

And that's just a tiny fraction of the future stars who have spent time under Boeheim's tutelage. 

Unfortunately for the historic head coach, the one man in front of him on the all-time men's wins list is Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, who earned his 940th win on Wednesday night and—much like Boeheim—could seemingly do this coaching thing for the rest of his life.


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