Syracuse Basketball Update: History Is on Their Side

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Syracuse Basketball Update: History Is on Their Side
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They lost four straight and 2006 and won a Big East Championship, so why can't they do it again?

When the polls came out on Monday the Syracuse Orange were ranked at the No. 13 spot in the AP Top 25 poll, a number that one week ago looked almost nearly impossible to reach.

After starting the season off 18-0 and ranked as high as No. 3 in the country, Orange fans and many others started to lose hope as they watched their Orangemen lose their next four games and drop 14 spots in the AP Top 25 poll.

But we have seen this from the Orange before. Remember in 2006 when the Orange lost four straight to Connecticut, Villanova, Pittsburgh and Seton Hall? They would finish the season at 19-11 and they would go on to win the Big East Tournament.

The Orange know how to bounce back and sitting at No. 17 in the country heading into Hartford, CT. to play the No. 7 ranked Connecticut Huskies on Wednesday night, what more than perfect time to do it? Coming in the odds were stacked in the Huskies' favor, however history was in the Orange’s.

In Jim Boeheim’s 35 years of coaching he never had a team lose five games in a row. Sure enough the Orange would not only beat the Huskies 66-58, but they would hold one of the NCAA’s top scorers, Kemba Walker, to a season low eight points.

After snapping their four game losing streak the Orange would head into South Florida to face the Bulls. Continuing from how they played Wednesday the Orange would smack South Florida winning, 72-49 improving to 20-4 on the season. This was also the 33rd time that Boeheim won 20 games with the Orange in his 35 years of being there.

As a result of the two-game winning streak, the Orange would move back up in the polls to No. 13 in the country, making a U-turn to a season which was headed down the road of disappointment lane. They are now watching the four-game losing streak get smaller and smaller in their rearview mirror as the Orange travel back to host longtime rival No. 11 Georgetown.

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