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2006–07 Syracuse Orange men's basketball team

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2006–07 Syracuse Orange men's basketball
Syracuse Orange logo.svg
NIT, Quarterfinals
ConferenceBig East Conference (1979–2013)
2006–07 record2–11, 22 wins vacated (?–6 Big East)
Head coach
Assistant coaches
Home arenaCarrier Dome
2006–07 Big East men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 8 Georgetown 13 3   .813     30 7   .811
No. 16 Louisville 12 4   .750     24 10   .706
No. 12 Pittsburgh 12 4   .750     29 8   .784
No. 17 Notre Dame 11 5   .688     24 8   .750
No. 20 Marquette 10 6   .625     24 10   .706
West Virginia 9 7   .563     27 9   .750
DePaul 9 7   .563     20 14   .588
Villanova 9 7   .563     22 11   .667
Providence 8 8   .500     18 13   .581
St. John's 7 9   .438     16 15   .516
Connecticut 6 10   .375     17 14   .548
*Seton Hall 4 12   .250     13 16   .448
*South Florida 3 13   .188     12 18   .400
*Rutgers 3 13   .188     10 19   .345
*Cincinnati 2 14   .125     11 19   .367
**Syracuse 0 6   .000     2 11   .154
2007 Big East Tournament winner
As of April 2, 2007[1]; Rankings from AP Poll
*Did not qualify for 2007 Big East Tournament
**Syracuse had 22 regular season games and two postseason games vacated due to sanctions against the program; Syracuse′s disputed record was 10–6, 24–11.

The 2006–07 Syracuse Orange men's basketball team represented Syracuse University. The head coach was Jim Boeheim, serving for his 31st year. The team played its home games at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York. The team finished with a 24–11 (10–6) record, while making it to the quarterfinal round of the NIT tournament. The team was led by its three seniors, Demetris Nichols, Darryl Watkins and Terrence Roberts. Also seeing time in the starting lineup was senior Matt Gorman, junior Josh Wright, sophomores Eric Devendorf and Andy Rautins and freshman Paul Harris.

Due to NCAA sanctions for use of ineligible players, 22 wins from this season have been vacated.[2][3][4]

Season recap

Syracuse began its 2006–07 season looking for leadership after the graduation of four-year starter Gerry McNamara. Even without McNamara, the Orange had experience across the front line including seniors Demetris Nichols, Darryl Watkins and Terrence Roberts, while junior Josh Wright and sophomore Eric Devendorf rounded out the lineup. Other key players off the bench included sharp-shooting Andy Rautins, highly touted freshman Paul Harris, Mike Jones, Arinze Onuaku and senior Matt Gorman, the only holdover from the 2003 National Championship team.

Before the season even started, the Orange was hit with the injury bug, as Onuaku had season ending knee surgery.[5] The Orange started ranked No. 17 in the AP Top 25 Poll, and won their first seven games, although they struggled through the early part of their schedule.

Injuries struck once again, as Watkins broke his nose against UTEP,[6] and Roberts hurt his knee versus Drexel. Meanwhile, Devendorf missed time because of the death of a friend from his hometown in Michigan. This played into their early season struggles, as Syracuse lost three games to Oklahoma State, Wichita State and Drexel.

Devendorf was replaced in the lineup by Rautins, and while Harris showed flashes of his talent on defense and rebounding, he struggled with his shot and saw his playing time decrease.

Syracuse started its Big East schedule with a loss to Pittsburgh, but wins at Marquette and versus Villanova and a narrow escape against Cincinnati. The win against the Bearcats would prove to be the calm before the storm, as Syracuse then lost to St. Johns, blew a 14-point lead at Louisville,[7] and gave up 103 points in a loss to Notre Dame in the Carrier Dome.[8] Seemingly a lock for the NCAA Tournament at the beginning of the season, the Orange was now a bubble-team. After winning against DePaul and then losing at Connecticut, Nichols scored a career-high 37 points in a two-point win against St. Johns.[9]

With the team's record at 16–8 overall and 5–5 in the Big East conference, Boeheim made several adjustments in the Syracuse lineup. He sent the struggling Wright to the bench and moved Devendorf to the starting point guard position and Rautins to shooting guard.

The move paid dividends, as Rautins went on a shooting tear and helped the Orange to win five of their remaining six regular season games. One of those wins was against No. 10 Georgetown at the Carrier Dome, which many assumed stamped Syracuse's ticket to the NCAA Tournament.[10] At season's end, Syracuse posted a 21–8 record and 10–6 in Big East play.

In the Big East Tournament, Syracuse seemed to put the cherry on the top of their NCAA bid, beating Connecticut soundly in the first round before getting knocked out by Notre Dame in the second round.[11] However, on Selection Sunday, Syracuse fans were stunned when the Orange was not selected to the NCAA Tournament.

It was the first time that a team with 10 wins in the Big East Conference was not invited to the NCAA tournament. Selection Committee Chairman Gary Walters said some of the factors in not inviting Syracuse included playing an uneven in-conference schedule, and having a weak non-conference schedule.[12]

Syracuse headed to the National Invitation Tournament for the first time since the 2001–02 season. It defeated South Alabama and San Diego State before losing to Clemson in the quarterfinals of the NIT.[13]

At season's end, Nichols was selected as a First Team All Big East performer, while Devendorf received All Big East Honorable Mention. Harris was named to the Big East All Rookie team.


Name Number Position Height Weight Year Hometown
Andy Rautins 1 G 6–5 193 Sophomore Jamesville, NY
Paul Harris 11 G/F 6–5 228 Freshman Niagara Falls, NY
Darryl Watkins 13 C 6–11 258 Senior Paterson, NJ
Arinze Onuaku 21 C 6–9 258 Sophomore Lanham, MD
Eric Devendorf 23 G 6–4 178 Sophomore Bay City, MI
Matt Gorman 23 F/C 6–9 235 Senior Watertown, NY
Devin Brennan-McBride 25 C 6–9 254 Freshman London, ON
Josh Wright 30 G 6–2 175 Junior Utica, NY
Terrence Roberts 33 G 6–9 228 Senior Jersey City, NJ
Demetris Nichols 34 F 6–8 212 Senior Boston


  1. ^ "2006-07 Big East Conference Season Summary: Standings" Retrieved 12-13-2013.
  2. ^ NCAA Career Statistics, search under coach for Jim Boeheim
  3. ^ "Syracuse to vacate wins, lose 12 scholarships; Boeheim suspended". Retrieved 2016-02-16.
  4. ^ "NCAA investigation costs Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim 108 wins, drops him to 6th all-time". Retrieved 2016-02-16.
  5. ^
  6. ^ – Men's Basketball – Northeastern vs. Syracuse
  7. ^ "MBB | Louisville Slugs: Syracuse blows 14-point 2nd-half lead to Cards – Sports". Archived from the original on 2007-07-30. Retrieved 2008-07-04.
  8. ^ – Men's Basketball – Notre Dame vs. Syracuse
  9. ^ "Saint Nichols: Demetris Nichols saves SU with career-high 37 points – Sports". Archived from the original on 2007-07-30. Retrieved 2008-07-04.
  10. ^ – Men's Basketball – Georgetown vs. Syracuse
  11. ^ ESPN – Connecticut vs. Syracuse – Recap – March 07, 2007
  12. ^ FanHouse
  13. ^ Syracuse Rally Falls Short at Clemson – New York Times
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