The Syracuse University Men’s Basketball Team was ranked 11th in the NCAA Division 1 standings released March 7th.
The Oranges entered the Big East Championship with an overall record of 26-7 and a conference record of 12-6. Syracuse faced Connecticut in the semifinals and lost in overtime, 71-76.
Syracuse University entered the Big East Tournament as the No. 4 seed. The last time these two teams met in tournament play was in the epic 6-overtime battle in 2009 in which Syracuse won. This game didn’t see 6 overtimes, just one in which the Oranges were given a second chance at winning the game.
The Oranges overcame a five-point deficit with one minute remaining in regulation play, but lost in overtime by the same margin.
The 8-3 run by Connecticut was too much for the Oranges to overcome. Syracuse has won several close games this season, but most games were won by a landslide showing Syracuse’s domination over the other teams. Head Coach Jim Boeheim leads Syracuse, but on court it’s all about Rick Jackson, Scoop Jardine, and Kris Joseph.
About The Team
Head Coach Jim Boeheim is in his 34th season at Syracuse, which also happens to be his alma mater.
He has made it to postseason play in all but one season, and has made 27 trips to the NCAA Tournament, including three Final Four appearances, and the NCAA Championship in 2003. Boeheim has had 32 20-win seasons, four Big East Coach of the Year awards, and other numerous Coach of the Year awards from the Associated Press, NABC, and USBWA. In 2005, he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
Senior Rick Jackson was named to the All-Big East Second Team and Big East Defensive Player of the Year. He averages 13.1 points per game, 10.7 rebounds per game, and 2.83 blocked shots per game.
In his career, Jackson has scored over 1,000 points, 800 rebounds and 200 blocked shots. Junior Scoop Jardine was a Big East honorable mention selection this season. He averages 12.6 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 6 assists per game. Junior Kris Joseph was named to the All-Big East Third Team. He is averaging 14.2 points per game and 4.9 rebounds per game.
Note: Freshman, and 7’0, Fab Melo is one to watch for. Critics are hoping names mean something and he will be the next Carmelo ‘Melo’ Anthony. Anthony went to Syracuse for one year before going to the NBA.
About The School
Syracuse University is located in Syracuse, NY and has a student enrollment of almost 21,000. The main campus is located in the heart of Central New York, with easy access to Toronto, Boston, Montreal, and New York City.
With over 14 schools and colleges to choose from, an education from Syracuse would be filled with not only learning, but fun student-life experiences as well. There are hundreds of student organizations and clubs, plus access to other major cities, life at Syracuse would never be dull.