Syracuse Basketball: Where Does 2013 Final 4 Team Rank in Orange History?

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Syracuse Basketball: Where Does 2013 Final 4 Team Rank in Orange History?
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East Regional MOP Michael Carter-Williams

The 2013 Syracuse Orange head off to Atlanta as the fifth Syracuse team to make it to the Final Four.

Interestingly, those five teams have been spread out at one per decade going back to 1975. Each team has been unique and took Syracuse fans on an unforgettable journey, with the 2003 team cutting down the nets as NCAA champions.

Does that make the 2003 team the best of the five Final Four teams?

Where does the 2013 team rank in Orange history?

Sounds like a pretty good discussion to me, so let's have at it. I'm making a Final Four appearance a prerequisite for inclusion on this list. So, we're looking at the 1975, 1987, 1996, 2003 and 2013 teams and ranking them one through five.

The criteria I used included overall record, Big East record, performance in the Big East Tournament, NCAA seeding and, most importantly, the talent and performance of the individual players. The Big East wasn't in existence in 1975, so I looked at performance in the ECAC tournament that year.

Please chime in and let me know if you agree, disagree or are just laughing your head off.

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