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Syracuse Orange men's basketball

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Syracuse Orange
2020–21 Syracuse Orange men's basketball team
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UniversitySyracuse University
First season1898
All-time record2042–931 (.687)[1]
Athletic directorJohn Wildhack
Head coachJim Boeheim (45th season)
ConferenceACC (2013–present)
LocationSyracuse, New York
ArenaCarrier Dome
(Capacity: 35,642)
Student sectionOtto's Army
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Away jersey
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Pre-tournament Premo-Porretta Champions
1918, 1926
Pre-tournament Helms Champions
1918, 1926
NCAA Tournament Champions
NCAA Tournament Runner-up
1987, 1996
NCAA Tournament Final Four
1975, 1987, 1996, 2003, 2013, 2016
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1957, 1966, 1975, 1987, 1989, 1996, 2003, 2012, 2013, 2016
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1957, 1966, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1984, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2018, 2021
NCAA Tournament Round of 32
1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2021
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1957, 1966, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2018, 2019, 2021
Conference tournament champions
1975, 1976, 1977, 1981, 1988, 1992, 2005, 2006
Conference regular season champions
1980, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2010, 2012

The Syracuse Orange men's basketball program is an intercollegiate men's basketball team representing Syracuse University. The program is classified in the Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and the team competes in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).

Syracuse is considered one of the most prestigious college basketball programs in the country[3] with 3 overall claimed National Championships and 1 NCAA Tournament championship, as well being a National Runner-up 2 times and currently holding an active NCAA-record of 51 consecutive winning seasons. Syracuse is ranked sixth in total victories among all NCAA Division I programs and seventh in all-time win percentage among programs with at least 50 years in Division I, with an all-time win-loss record of 2042–931 (.687) as of March 29, 2021.[4] The Orange are also sixth in NCAA Tournament appearances (41), seventh in NCAA Tournament victories (70), and seventh in Final Four appearances (6).

The Orange play their home games at the Carrier Dome. The Carrier Dome is the largest arena in NCAA DI basketball with a maximum capacity of 35,642. Syracuse's home court total attendance has led the nation 25 times, and its per-game season average attendance has been ranked first 14 times since the opening of the Carrier Dome in 1980.[5] The most recent record-breaking game was against Duke in 2019 with the crowd of 35,642 people.[6] The Carrier Dome is often considered one of the best home court advantages in college basketball.[7][8]

The Orange currently hold an active NCAA-record 51 consecutive winning seasons.[9] In its 42th year under current head coach Jim Boeheim, the team has compiled an all-time record 38 20-win seasons, including 10 Big East regular season championships, 5 Big East Tournament championships, 35 NCAA Tournament appearances (and 41 all-time), and 3 appearances in the national title game.

In 2015, after a lengthy investigation, the NCAA's Committee on Infractions ordered Syracuse to vacate 101 wins from five different seasons. However, the NCAA confirmed that sanctions did not include the removal of any trophies or banners. Therefore, Syracuse claims all of its NCAA Tournaments appearances and conference titles from those years.[10]

– including 101 victories vacated by NCAA


Early history

Syracuse fielded its first varsity basketball team in 1916–17. The program rose to national prominence early in its history, being recognized by the Helms Athletic Foundation as national champions for 1918 (under Coach Edmund Dollard) and 1926. The program made National Invitation Tournament appearances in 1946 and 1950, won the 1951 National Campus Tournament, and made its first NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament appearance in 1957. Notable early era players included Hall of Famer Vic Hanson and racial pioneer Wilmeth Sidat-Singh.

National emergence

The modern era of Syracuse basketball began with the arrival of future Hall of Famer Dave Bing. As a sophomore in 1964, Bing led the team to an NIT appearance and as a senior in 1966, he led the team to its second NCAA Tournament appearance, where it reached the regional final.[11] Bing's backcourt partner on these teams was future Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim.

Syracuse remained competitive after Bing's departure, with NIT appearances in 1967, 1971, and 1972. Under coach Roy Danforth, in 1973, the team began a string of consecutive NCAA appearances highlighted by a Final Four appearance in 1975. The 1975 squad featured guard Jim Lee and forward Rudy Hackett and was affectionately known as "Roy's Runts."[12]

Big East era (1979–2013)

Jim Boeheim Takeover

Following the 1976 season, Danforth was hired away by Tulane University and the University turned to young assistant Jim Boeheim to assume the helm. Boeheim extended the string of NCAA appearances to nine, with bids in each of his first four seasons, a period in which his teams won 100 games. These teams featured star forward Louis Orr and center Roosevelt Bouie, and were sometimes referred to as the "Louie and Bouie Show."[13]

A new conference

Syracuse was a founding member of the Big East Conference in 1979, along with Georgetown University, St. John's University and Providence College. Syracuse and Georgetown were each ranked in the top ten in 1980, and a new and major rivalry blossomed when Georgetown snapped Syracuse's 57-game home winning streak in the final men's basketball game played at Manley Field House.[14] Over the next ten seasons, these two schools met eight times in the Big East Tournament, four times in the finals, and met numerous times on national television during the regular season.

Syracuse won the Big East Tournament in 1981, but was passed over by the NCAA Tournament. The team, featuring Danny Schayes and Leo Rautins, finished runner-up in the NIT.[15] The team returned to the NIT in 1982, before beginning another extended streak of NCAA appearances in 1983.

The Pearl

In 1983, heralded high school phenomenon Dwayne "Pearl" Washington joined the team, and led the school to NCAA appearances in 1984, 1985, and 1986, before leaving school early for the NBA Draft.[16]

Washington grew up in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, New York, where he acquired his nickname as an eight-year-old in a taunting comparison to Earl "the Pearl" Monroe. He was a playground phenomenon from Boys and Girls High School in Brooklyn, and was rated as the number one overall high school player in the United States 1983. He brought his flashy play to Syracuse University and the Carrier Dome. "The Pearl" was the master of the "shake and bake" and the "cross-over" moves.

It is believed that Pearl Washington brought Syracuse basketball to national prominence and helped usher the Big East into the national spotlight in the mid-1980s.[17][18] In the Carrier Dome's first three years, Syracuse's highest attendance mark was a mere 20,401 in the 1982–83. In 1983, Pearl's freshman year, Syracuse's attendance increased to 22,380 per game. As a sophomore, Syracuse led the nation in attendance for the first time in school history. Syracuse would be the NCAA's attendance leader for the next ten years. By the time Washington was a junior, Syracuse's average attendance had jumped to 26,225.[19][20] Syracuse Coach Jim Boeheim, who has long said that there would be no Syracuse basketball program as we know it without Pearl, he once said:

He's the only guy who could just overnight fill the place like that. He had an unbelievable effect on our program. Everybody says that Patrick Ewing and Chris Mullin made the Big East, but I think Pearl made the league. They were the best players, but Pearl was the player that people turned out to see and turned on their TVs to watch. We had the highest-rated games every year that Pearl was here. He was a guy who everybody wanted to see play. He not only helped make our program, he helped make the Big East and he helped college basketball.[20]

In 2016, at the December 17 Georgetown game, joined alongside Washington's family, friends and former teammates, SU Director of Athletics John Wildhack helped unveil the No. 31 logo at center court to honor Washington. Washington died from brain cancer eight months earlier that year after a long fight with the deadly disease.[21] Syracuse basketball legend Pearl Washington has a street named after him in the Brownsville section of his native Brooklyn, New York.[22]

Falling just short

Despite the early loss of Washington, Syracuse returned to the NCAAs in 1987, with a team featuring Rony Seikaly, Sherman Douglas and freshman Derrick Coleman, reaching the National Championship game before losing, 74–73, in the final to Indiana on a last-second jump shot by Keith Smart.[23] Led by Coleman, Douglas, Seikaly, Stephen Thompson and Billy Owens, the school extended its string of NCAA appearances to 10 seasons before that string was broken in 1993, due to NCAA sanctions resulting from an incident involving a booster.[24]

Led by guard Lawrence Moten and forward John Wallace, the school returned to the NCAAs in 1994 and 1995. In 1996, Wallace led the team to its third Final Four appearance, where it played impressively before losing, 76–67, in the final to a heavily favored Kentucky team that included nine future NBA players (Kentucky head coach Rick Pitino had been an assistant coach to Boeheim in 1976, 1977).[25]

A new millennium dawns

The 1997 squad won 19 games but was bypassed by the NCAA Tournament and appeared in the NIT. The 1998, 1999, and 2000 squads featuring guard Jason Hart and center Etan Thomas all earned NCAA bids.[26] In 2000, the University also named its All-Century Team, recognizing its greatest players of the 20th century and the school's first 100 years of basketball.[27] The team made a fourth consecutive NCAA appearance in 2001, but returned to the NIT in 2002, despite having a 20-win season. This marked the first time a school with 20 wins from the Big East Conference was denied a bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Champions at last

Although unranked in the preseason polls for the 2002–03 season, led by freshmen Carmelo Anthony, Gerry McNamara and sophomore Hakim Warrick, the Orangemen won their first NCAA Tournament Championship with an 81–78 defeat of the University of Kansas in the final. Anthony was named NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player.[28]

After the crown

Anthony left for the NBA Draft after the school year, but McNamara and Warrick stayed on, leading the team to NCAA bids in 2004 and 2005.[29] The latter season saw Syracuse introduce a new nickname, dropping "Orangemen" and "Orangewomen" in favor of "Orange".

In 2006, McNamara would lead the Orange to an extremely unexpected Big East Championship victory, making the 9th-seeded Orange the lowest seed to ever win the championship and only the 3rd school to repeat as Big East tournament champions, but was immediately defeated in the opening round of the 2006 NCAA tournament by Texas A&M, 66–58.[30]

The 2007–08 season for the Orange was up and down. The Orange had a 50-point win over East Tennessee State on December 15, the largest margin of victory in 20 seasons.[31] They recorded top-25 wins over Georgetown[32] and Marquette.[33] But the team lost to Villanova in the Big East Tournament opening round, and to UMass in the NIT. UMass became the first team ever to beat the Orange twice in the same season at the Carrier Dome.[34]

In the 2008–09 season Syracuse was led by sophomore guard Jonny Flynn. The team returned key players like Eric Devendorf, Andy Rautins, Rick Jackson, Arinze Onuaku and Paul Harris. Syracuse gained a tremendous amount of media attention following a 127–117 upset of UConn in six overtimes during the early morning hours of March 13, 2009 "the Game that wouldn't end" to advance to the semifinals of the Big East Conference Tournament. This game solidified their seeding in the 2009 NCAA Tournament. This game was the second longest of any game in NCAA History and only the 4th to make it into six overtimes.[35] However, they lost in the Big East Final. Syracuse received a 3 seed and beat Stephen F. Austin 59–44 in the First Round. Syracuse stamped its ticket to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2004, defeating 6th seed Arizona State 78–67. However, the season ended with a loss to No. 2 seed Oklahoma, as the Sooners ended the Orange's season with an 84–71 loss.[36]

At the start of the 2009–10 season, having lost three key players (Devendorf, Flynn, Harris) from the previous season, the Orange was not considered a top contender, unranked[37] in the preseason AP Poll. An early exhibition game loss to local LeMoyne College, a Division II school, did little to improve the outlook. However, led by its starters, returning seniors Andy Rautins and Arinze Onuaku, junior Rick Jackson, a relatively unknown transfer from Iowa State University, forward Wes Johnson, freshman point guard Brandon Triche, plus standout reserve players, sophomores Kris Joseph and Scoop Jardine, the team began to deliver, winning its first 13 regular season games. By the second week of rankings, the Orange had climbed into the top ten, staying in the top five continuously from week 9. Syracuse reached a number one ranking two weeks before the season ended, finishing the season in fourth place with its best-ever regular season win–loss performance, at 28–3. It finished on top of the Big East for the regular season, losing in the Big East Tournament's quarter finals. A 1-seed in the West Region of the 2010 NCAA Tournament, the Orange fell in the Sweet Sixteen to 5-seed and AP #11 Butler to end the season 30–5.

Senior Big East Defensive player of the Year Rick Jackson and Juniors Kris Joseph and Scoop Jardine led the 2010–2011 Orange. Syracuse started strong by winning their first 18 contests before losing in Pittsburgh. That loss started a slide for the Orange, who lost six of their next eight games. The Orange regained their momentum by beating the West Virginia Mountaineers to start a six-game winning streak before losing in overtime to the Connecticut Huskies in the semi-finals of the Big East Tournament. With a record of 28–7, the Orange garnered a #3 seed in the East Region of the NCAA tournament. The Orange easily handled Indiana State 77–60 in their first game. The Orange faced Marquette in the second round when one of the tournament's more controversial moments occurred. With the game tied at 59 with 51 seconds left, a backcourt violation was called on the Orange when Scoop Jardine retrieved Dion Waiters' inbound pass with one foot landing in the front court before his second settled in the backcourt. NCAA officiating coordinator John Adams admitted the call was made in error however; the officials were unaware of the full rule.[38] According to the 2010 and 2011 NCAA Men's and Women's Basketball Rulebook, Rule 4, Section 3, Article 8 states: "After a jump ball or during a throw-in, the player in his/her front court, who makes the initial touch on the ball while both feet are off the playing court, may be the first to secure control of the ball and land with one or both feet in the back court. It makes no difference if the first foot down was in the front court or back court." Marquette guard Darius Johnson-Odom hit a three-pointer on the ensuing possession with 27 second left to give the Golden Eagles the lead for good and a spot to the Sweet Sixteen. The loss culminated a season in which SU remained undefeated outside of their conference for the first time in the program's history.

2012–13 was the school's last season in the Big East Conference. Led by sophomore point guard Michael Carter-Williams and Junior forward C.J. Fair, the team made its fifth trip to the Final Four.

Atlantic Coast Conference era (2013 – present)

On July 1, 2013, Syracuse, Notre Dame and Pittsburgh joined the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). In its first season in the conference, Syracuse started 25–0 before losing six of its last nine games. The team featured two Second Team All Americans, point guard Tyler Ennis and forward C.J. Fair,[39] and finished second in the ACC regular season standings.

The Orange underperformed 2014–15 expectations with an 18–13 record behind First Team All-ACC center Rakeem Christmas.[40] Though the team was not eligible for the NCAA tournament due to the self-imposed post-season ban by the university, this would change in the following 2015–16 season as the Orange made the Final Four as a 10-seed by defeating Dayton, Middle Tennessee, Gonzaga, and Virginia.

The following season Syracuse started ranked 19th in the AP Poll, but failed to make the NCAA tournament. In the 2017–18 season Syracuse would return to the NCAA tournament despite going 8–10 in conference play. In the tournament Syracuse upset 4-seeded Michigan State before losing to Duke in the Sweet 16.[41] The next year saw the Orange make back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances for the first time since the 2013–14 season. They lost to Baylor in the opening round. On January 14, 2019 Syracuse upset Duke in Cameron Indoor Stadium, marking the first time that the Blue Devils had lost to an unranked team at home as the AP ranked number one team.[42] They would lose to Baylor in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. Syracuse started the 2019–20 season slow, losing 48–34 to Virginia, the lowest amount ever scored by a team in Boeheim's career.[43] SU would win its final game of the season in the ACC Tournament beating North Carolina 81–53 and defeating the Tar Heels for the first time since 2014. This would be the last game played due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the 2020–21 season SU would once again upset its way to the Sweet 16 beating 3-seeded West Virginia before losing to eventual Final Four participant Houston.[44]

Syracuse University Athletics scandal

The NCAA's investigation into violations by Syracuse athletics date back to May 2007, following an initial report by the university to the NCAA, after the university learned that local YMCA employees paid some football and men's basketball student-athletes; Syracuse claims "the NCAA’s investigation of Syracuse has taken longer than any other investigation in NCAA history."[45]

In March 2015, the NCAA released its infractions report which found that Syracuse had possibly violated rules. As a result, 101 wins were vacated by the NCAA from 2004–05, 2006–07 and from 2010–11, 2011–12 seasons.

The NCAA's ruling was confirmed by David Worlock, the NCAA's director of media coordination and statistics. Worlock is not part of the NCAA's Infractions or Enforcement offices. As the director of media coordination and statistics, he is working to update records based on the Committee on Infractions' sanctions. He said the COI's report on Syracuse differed from other investigations into violations at other schools in that it did not require the removal of championship trophies or banners signifying NCAA tournament appearances.[10]

As a result, Syracuse retained the banner for its 2012 team's run to the NCAA Elite 8 and 2011 advancement to the third round of the NCAA tournament. Also, A Big East Conference official confirmed that the conference's updated media guide continues to list Syracuse as its 2005 and 2006 tournament champion.


* Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame inductee
Coach Years Win–Loss Win % National champions NCAA tourn. appearance
John A. R. Scott 1904–1911 66–54 .550 0
Edmund "Eddie" Dollard 1911–1924 151–59 .719 1
Lew Andreas 1924–1950 358–135 .726 1
Marc Guley 1950–1962 136–129 .513 0 1
Fred Lewis 1962–1968 91–57 .615 0 1
Roy Danforth 1968–1976 148–71 .676 0 4
Jim Boeheim* 1976–present 1087–400† .731 1 35
- including 101 victories vacated by NCAA


Archbold Gymnasium

Syracuse home games in the early years were played at Archbold Gymnasium, an on-campus gym that is still used for various university activities. It was built in 1908 with money donated by John Dustin Archbold, a major benefactor of the university, who also funded the building of Archbold Stadium, just to the west of the gymnasium (now the site of the Carrier Dome). After a 1947 fire, most home games were played at Syracuse's state fairgrounds' Coliseum and other local venues from 1947 to 1949.

Manley Field House

In 1962, home games moved to the newly constructed Manley Field House which finally gave the team a powerful home court advantage. At one time, the arena held 9,500 people for home games. The team became so fond of the space that its coaches objected to moving to the Carrier Dome when it was opened in 1980.

On February 13, 1980, the Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team upset #2 ranked Syracuse 52–50 in the final planned, regular season game at Manley Field House, where the Orange boasted a 57-game home winning streak. Georgetown head coach John Thompson Jr. would declare after the victory during the news conference that "Manley Field House is officially closed". The game gave birth to a rivalry, not just between schools but between two contrasting future Hall of Fame coaches.[46]

Manley Field House hosted the ECAC Upstate Region Tournament organized by the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) in 1976 as well as a semifinal game of the 1977 ECAC South Region Tournament.

Melo Center

The Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center is the home of Syracuse basketball. The $19 million facility officially opened in September 2009. The facility includes two NCAA regulation-size practice courts, a weight room, training room, equipment room, locker rooms and coaches offices for both men's and women's basketball programs. In addition, fans can relive some of the greatest moments in Syracuse basketball history in the building's Hall of Fame Wing. The name comes from NBA star forward Carmelo Anthony, who was the major benefactor to the project.

Home Court

The Stadium

Because the Carrier Dome could not survive on a schedule of just 6 home football games a year, Syracuse Orange basketball team moved to their new home arena. In its setup for basketball, the Carrier Dome can hold crowds of more than 30,000 for its biggest games.[47]

The Carrier Dome is the largest arena in NCAA DI basketball with a maximum capacity of 35,642. Syracuse's home court total attendance has led the nation 28 times, and its per-game average attendance has been ranked first 17 times since the opening of the Carrier Dome in 1980.[5] Also, Syracuse has set and broken the NCAA on campus single game attendance record at the Carrier Dome 16 times. The most recent record-breaking game was against Duke in 2019 with a sellout crowd of 35,642 people.[48]

In May 2018, the university announced a major renovation to the Carrier Dome as the central portion of a larger campus update. The renovation, estimated to cost $120 million, is expected to be completed in 2022. The most significant changes will be the replacement of the current air-supported roof with a fixed roof, two-thirds of which will be translucent, the installation of air conditioning and the largest centerhung videoboard in college sports.[49] The upgrade will also include a new lighting and sound systems, Wi-Fi improvements, accessibility upgrades, improved restrooms, and new concession spaces.[50]

Record breaking attendance

NCAA On Campus Attendance Record breaking crowds in the Carrier Dome
Date Opponent Result Score Attendance
1/10/1983 Georgetown L 92–97 31,327
1/22/1983 St. John's L 57–68 32,382
2/1/1985 Villanova W 92–79 32,520
2/22/1987 Georgetown L 71–72 32,602
3/5/1989 Georgetown W 82–76 32,683
2/10/1990 Connecticut W 90–86 32,820
3/4/1990 Georgetown W 80–78 33,015
3/3/1991 Georgetown W 62–58 33,048
3/9/2003 Rutgers W 83–74 33,071
2/5/2005 Notre Dame W 60–57 33,199
3/5/2006 Villanova L 82–92 33,633
2/27/2010 Villanova W 95–77 34,616
2/23/2013 Georgetown L 46–57 35,012
2/1/2014 Duke W 91–89 35,446
2/14/2015 Duke L 72–80 35,446
2/23/2019 Duke L 65–75 35,642

Madison Square Garden

The Orange have been playing at Madison Square Garden, since an encounter with Manhattan on February 1, 1939.[51] The 2018–19 season marked the 37th consecutive campaign that Syracuse played at least once in the facility. The latest streak began in 1983–84.

Syracuse at Madison Square Garden
Games Record
Overall 95–79
Regular season 45–42
Big East Tournament 46–27
NIT 3–9
NCAA 1–0

* record stands as of December 18, 2018 and does not reflect wins vacated by the NCAA from 2004–07 and 2010–12.


The original Big East was founded by seven charter schools in 1979 (Providence, St. John's, Georgetown, Syracuse, Seton Hall, Connecticut, and Boston College). Villanova joined the following year, followed by Pittsburgh in 1982. Throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, Georgetown, Villanova, St. John's, and Syracuse were the primary powers in the conference with UConn joining them in the 1990s. In less than a decade since its inception, the Big East became the most successful college basketball league in America.[52] The documentary 30 for 30: Requiem For The Big East by ESPN Films chronicles well the meteoric ascension of the Big East conference.

Syracuse and Georgetown rivalry

Syracuse and Georgetown rivalry — Syracuse's biggest rival is Georgetown. The two schools have been playing each other since 1930, but their rivalry was solidified in the 1980s as the respective programs were the leading powers during the infancy of the newly formed Big East conference. On February 13, 1980, the Georgetown Hoyas men's basketball team upset #2 ranked Syracuse 52–50 in the final planned, regular season game at Manley Field House, where the Orange boasted a 57-game home winning streak. Georgetown head coach John Thompson Jr. would declare after the victory during the news conference that "Manley Field House is officially closed". The game gave birth to a rivalry, not just between schools but between two contrasting future Hall of Fame coaches.[46]

GeorgetownSyracuse rivalry has given the fans numerous memorable moments such as Michael Graham's punch during the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden in New York City; Pearl Washington's buzzer beater clutch shot to beat defending national champion and #1 team in the country at the Carrier Dome; and coach Thompson's three technical fouls and ejection in the controversial Orange victory.[53]

The animosity between the programs was further extended when Syracuse announced their decision to leave the Big East effective in 2013 to join the ACC. Georgetown and Syracuse have continued to play each other in the next years following their exit from the conference.

The GeorgetownSyracuse rivalry is regarded as one of college basketball's greatest rivalries between two storied programs.[53][54]

Syracuse and Connecticut rivalry

The first game played between the two schools took place on January 27, 1956. But the rivalry peaked while both teams were members of the Big East Conference from 1979 to 2013. The rivalry featured two Hall of Fame coaches, Jim Boeheim and Jim Calhoun. One of the highlights was the historic Big East Tournament quarterfinal game in 2009. The game took place at Madison Square Garden in New York City where Syracuse won 127–117 in a game that went to six overtimes, ending at 1:22 AM.

Syracuse and Villanova rivalry

Syracuse and Villanova rivalry — Both schools have strong basketball traditions and are former Big East rivals. The strength of the basketball rivalry is evidenced by the fact that Syracuse v. Villanova games have attracted some of the biggest college basketball crowds ever, breaking the NCAA on campus basketball attendance record twice, including one game with a crowd of 34,616 people in 2010.[55] However, this rivalry has an uncertain future because of the schools' recent separation (Syracuse in the ACC, and Villanova in the new Big East).

Syracuse and Duke rivalry

Syracuse entered the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) in 2013–2014 with the series that year tied 1–1 in two heated and controversial games. In the first, #2 Syracuse (21–0) met expectations by beating Duke in overtime at the Carrier Dome 91–89. The following game at Cameron Indoor Stadium was a 66–60 loss by then #1 Syracuse to Duke in which another questionable set of calls throughout the game culminated in Syracuse player CJ Fair being called for a charge on a possible game-winning play. Jim Boeheim stormed the court, threw his blazer to the ground, was given a technical and ejected.[56] This led to many jacket-tossing internet memes, two foul shots for Duke and an extra possession that sealed the game. This series led to discussions about a possible rivalry shaping up. The teams have swapped wins since then. Some additional notables in the rivalry include a current NCAA basketball attendance record set three times in 2014, 2015 and 2019 seasons at the Carrier Dome and a 2019 upset of #1 Duke by unranked Syracuse at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Interestingly, both coaches are friends. Boeheim and Duke hall-of-fame coach Mike Krzyzewski both coach the USA Olympic Basketball Team, with Boeheim the assistant to Krzyzewski. With Syracuse now in the ACC, the old Big East rivalries are losing steam (occasionally re-kindled by home-and-away series) so time will tell if this replaces them as the predominant rivalry for Syracuse.

The Orange lead all-time series with each of their rivals except Duke.

Opponent Wins Losses Pct.
Georgetown 51 43 .543
Connecticut 56 39 .589
Villanova 39 33 .542
St. John's 51 40 .560
Duke 6 8 .429

Updated February 10, 2019


Post-season success

National Championships
NCAA Final Fours
Final Four
Final Four
Final Four
1975 NCAA Tournament Results
Round Opponent Score
Round of 32 La Salle 87*–83
Sweet Sixteen North Carolina 78–76
Elite Eight Kansas State 95*–87
Final Four Kentucky 79–95
3rd Place Game Louisville 88–96*
1987 NCAA Tournament Results
Round Opponent Score
Round of 64 Georgia Southern 79–73
Round of 32 Western Kentucky 104–86
Sweet Sixteen Florida 87–81
Elite Eight North Carolina 79–75
Final Four Providence 77–63
National Finals Indiana 73–74
1996 NCAA Tournament Results
Round Opponent Score
Round of 64 Montana State 88–55
Round of 32 Drexel 69–58
Sweet Sixteen Georgia 83*–81
Elite Eight Kansas 60–57
Final Four Mississippi State 77–69
National Finals Kentucky 67–76
2003 NCAA Tournament Results
Round Opponent Score
Round of 64 Manhattan 76–65
Round of 32 Oklahoma State 68–56
Sweet Sixteen Auburn 79–78
Elite Eight Oklahoma 63–47
Final Four Texas 95–84
National Finals Kansas 81–78
2013 NCAA Tournament Results
Round Opponent Score
Round of 64 Montana 81–34
Round of 32 California 66–60
Sweet Sixteen Indiana 61–50
Elite Eight Marquette 55–39
Final Four Michigan 56–61
2016 NCAA Tournament Results
Round Opponent Score
Round of 64 Dayton 70–51
Round of 32 Middle Tennessee 75–50
Sweet Sixteen Gonzaga 63–60
Elite Eight Virginia 68–62
Final Four North Carolina 66–83

NCAA Tournament seeding

The NCAA began seeding the tournament with the 1979 edition.

Years → '79 '80 '81 '83 '84 '85 '86 '87 '88 '89 '90 '91 '92 '94 '95 '96 '98 '99 '00
Seeds → 4 1 6 3 5 7 2 2 3 2 2 2 6 4 7 4 5 8 4
Years → '01 '03 '04 '05 '06 '09 '10 '11 '12 '13 '14 '16 '18 '19 '21
Seeds → 5 3 6 4 5 3 1 3 1 4 3 10 11* 8 11

* played in the "First Four" round

Complete NCAA Tournament results

The Orange have appeared in the NCAA Tournament 39 times. Their combined record is 69–40.

NCAA Champions
NCAA Runner-up
NCAA Final 4
Year Seed Round Opponent Result
1957 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
North Carolina
W 82–76
W 75–71
L 58–67
1966 Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
W 94–78
L 81–91
1973 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Regional 3rd Place Game
W 83–82
L 75–91
W 69–68
1974 First Round Oral Roberts L 82–86OT
1975 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National 3rd Place Game
La Salle
North Carolina
Kansas State
W 87–83OT
W 78–76
W 95–87OT
L 79–95
L 88–96OT
1976 First Round Texas Tech L 56–69
1977 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
W 93–88OT
L 59–81
1978 First Round WKU L 86–87OT
1979 #4 Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#5 Connecticut
#9 Penn
W 89–81
L 76–84
1980 #1 Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#8 Villanova
#5 Iowa
W 97–83
L 77–88
1983 #6 First Round
Second Round
#11 Morehead State
#3 Ohio State
W 74–59
L 74–79
1984 #3 Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#6 VCU
#7 Virginia
W 78–63
L 55–63
1985 #7 First Round
Second Round
#10 DePaul
#2 Georgia Tech
W 70–65
L 53–70
1986 #2 First Round
Second Round
#15 Brown
#7 Navy
W 101–52
L 85–97
1987 #2 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship
#15 Georgia Southern
#10 WKU
#6 Florida
#1 North Carolina
#6 Providence
#1 Indiana
W 79–73
W 104–86
W 87–81
W 79–75
W 77–63
L 74–73
1988 #3 First Round
Second Round
#14 North Carolina A&T
#11 Rhode Island
W 69–55
L 94–97
1989 #2 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#15 Bucknell
#10 Colorado State
#3 Missouri
#1 Illinois
W 104–81
W 65–50
W 83–80
L 86–89
1990 #2 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#15 Coppin State
#7 Virginia
#6 Minnesota
W 70–48
W 63–61
L 75–82
1991 #2 First Round #15 Richmond L 73–69
1992 #6 First Round
Second Round
#11 Princeton
#3 Massachusetts
W 51–43
L 71–77
1994 #4 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#13 Hawaiʻi
#12 Green Bay
#1 Missouri
W 92–78
W 64–59
L 88–98OT
1995 #7 First Round
Second Round
#10 Southern Illinois
#2 Arkansas
W 96–92
L 94–96OT
1996 #4 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship
#13 Montana State
#12 Drexel
#8 Georgia
#2 Kansas
#5 Mississippi State
#1 Kentucky
W 88–55
W 69–58
W 83–81OT
W 60–57
W 77–69
L 67–76
1998 #5 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#12 Iona
#4 New Mexico
#1 Duke
W 63–61
W 56–46
L 80–67
1999 #8 First Round #9 Oklahoma State L 61–69
2000 #4 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#13 Samford
#5 Kentucky
#1 Michigan State
W 79–65
W 52–50
L 58–75
2001 #5 First Round
Second Round
#12 Hawaiʻi
#4 Kansas
W 79–69
L 58–87
 2003 #3 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National Championship
#14 Manhattan
#6 Oklahoma State
#10 Auburn
#1 Oklahoma
#1 Texas
#2 Kansas
W 76–65
W 68–56
W 79–78
W 63–47
W 95–84
W 81–78
2004 #5 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#12 BYU
#4 Maryland
#8 Alabama
W 80–75
W 72–70
L 71–80
2005† #4 First Round #13 Vermont L 57–60OT
2006† #5 First Round #12 Texas A&M L 58–66
2009 #3 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#14 Stephen F. Austin
#6 Arizona State
#2 Oklahoma
W 59–44
W 78–67
L 71–84
2010 #1 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#16 Vermont
#8 Gonzaga
#5 Butler
W 79–56
W 87–65
L 59–63
2011† #3 Second Round
Third Round
#14 Indiana State
#11 Marquette
W 77–60
L 62–66
2012† #1 Second Round
Third Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
#16 UNC Asheville
#8 Kansas State
#4 Wisconsin
#2 Ohio State
W 72–65
W 75–59
W 64–63
L 70–77
2013 #4 Second Round
Third Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
#13 Montana
#12 California
#1 Indiana
#3 Marquette
#4 Michigan
W 81–34
W 66–60
W 61–50
W 55–39
L 56–61
2014 #3 Second Round
Third Round
#14 Western Michigan
#11 Dayton
W 77–53
L 53–55
2016 #10 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
#7 Dayton
#15 Middle Tennessee State
#11 Gonzaga
#1 Virginia
#1 North Carolina
W 70–51
W 75–50
W 63–60
W 68–62
L 66–83
2018 #11 First Four
First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#11 Arizona State
#6 TCU
#3 Michigan State
#2 Duke
W 60–56
W 57–52
W 55–53
L 65–69
2019 #8 First Round #9 Baylor L 69–78
2021 #11 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#6 San Diego State
#3 West Virginia
#2 Houston
W 78–62
W 75–72
L 46–62
  • – Following the introduction of the "First Four" round in 2011, the Round of 64 and Round of 32 were referred to as the Second Round and Third Round, respectively, from 2011 to 2015. Then from 2016 moving forward, the Round 64 and Round of 32 will be called the First and Second rounds, as they were prior to 2011.
† – All NCAA tournament wins in 2005, 2006, 2011, and 2012 were vacated by the NCAA in its March 2015 report of Infractions on its athletics department. See Syracuse University athletics scandal.

NIT results

The Orange have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) 13 times.

Year Round Opponent Result
1946 Quarterfinals Muhlenberg L 41–47
1950 First Round
Long Island
W 80–52
L 66–78
1964 First Round NYU L 68–77
1967 First Round New Mexico L 64–66
1971 First Round Michigan L 76–86
1972 First Round
Second Round
W 81–77
L 65–71
1981 First Round
Second Round
Holy Cross
W 88–81
W 77–75
W 91–76
W 70–63
L 84–86
1982 First Round
Second Round
Saint Peter's
W 84–75
L 81–95
1997 First Round Florida State L 67–82
2002 First Round
Second Round
3rd Place Game
St. Bonaventure
South Carolina
W 76–66
W 66–65
W 62–46
L 59–66
L 64–65
2007* First Round
Second Round
South Alabama
San Diego State
W 79–73
W 80–64
L 70–74
2008 First Round
Second Round
Robert Morris
W 87–81
W 88–72
L 77–81
2017 First Round
Second Round
UNC Greensboro
Ole Miss
W 90–77
L 80–85

* – all wins in 2007 NIT were vacated as a result of the 2015 investigation of its athletics department.

National Campus Basketball Tournament results

The Orange appeared in the only National Campus Basketball Tournament where they were champions with a record of 3–0.[57]

Year Round Opponent Result
1951 Quarterfinals
W 69–52
W 74–57
W 76–75

Conference Tournament titles

Since its beginnings in 1898, Syracuse had been independent program until it joined the Big East Conference in 1979. From 1975 to 1982, the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) organized annual regional end-of-season men's basketball tournaments for independent Division I ECAC member colleges and universities in the Northeastern United States. The winner of each regional tournament was declared the ECAC regional champion for the season and received an automatic bid in the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. In 2013, Syracuse joined the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Year Coach Conference Overall record Conference record
1974–75 Roy Danforth ECAC Upstate 23–9
1975–76 Roy Danforth ECAC Upstate 20–9
1976–77 Jim Boeheim ECAC Southern 26–4
1980–81 Jim Boeheim Big East 22–12 6–8
1987–88 Jim Boeheim Big East 22–9 11–5
1991–92 Jim Boeheim Big East 22–10 11–8
2004–05 Jim Boeheim Big East 27–7 11–5
2005–06 Jim Boeheim Big East 23–12 7–9
Total Conference Tournament Titles: 8

† – Indicates season for which the school's overall and/or conference record has been later adjusted by penalty, however the titles are claimed by the university

Conference regular-season champions

Syracuse had been independent program until it joined the Big East Conference in 1979. In 2013, Syracuse joined the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Year Coach Conference Overall record Conference record
1979–80 Jim Boeheim Big East 26–4 5–1
1985–86 Jim Boeheim Big East 26–6 14–2
1986–87 Jim Boeheim Big East 31–7 12–4
1989–90 Jim Boeheim Big East 26–7 12–4
1990–91 Jim Boeheim Big East 22–6 12–4
1997–98 Jim Boeheim Big East 7 26–9 12–6
1999–00 Jim Boeheim Big East 26–6 13–3
2002–03 Jim Boeheim Big East 30–5 13–3
2009–10 Jim Boeheim Big East 30–5 15–3
2011–12 Jim Boeheim Big East 34–3 10–8
Total Conference Regular Season Titles: 10

† – Indicates season for which the school's overall and/or conference record has been later adjusted by penalty, but the titles are claimed by the university

National polls

Syracuse has finished in the Final Top 25 rankings 30 times in the AP Poll. Syracuse teams have spent a total of 17 weeks ranked number 1, most recently in 2014.[58]

Syracuse Final Rankings
Year Record AP Poll†
1966 21–5 16^
1973 24–5 14
1975 23–9 6
1977 26–4 6
1979 26–4 8
1980 26–4 6
1984 23–9 18
1985 22–9 15
1986 26–6 9
1987 31–7 10
1988 26–9 9
1989 30–8 7
1990 26–7 6
1991 26–6 7
1992 22–10 21
1994 23–7 15
Year Record AP Poll
1995 20–10 25
1996 29–9 15
1998 26–9 21
2000 26–6 16
2001 25–9 17
2003 30–5 13
2004 23–8 20
2005 27–7 11
2006 23–12 21
2009 28–10 13
2010 30–5 4
2011 27–8 12
2012 34–3 2
2013 30–10 16
2014 28–6 14
Year Record AP Poll
2016 23–14 10^
2021 18–10 25^

The Associated Press began compiling a ranking of the top 20 college men's basketball teams during the 1948–1949 season. It has issued the poll continuously since the 1950–1951 season. Beginning with the 1989–1990 season, the poll expanded to 25 teams.
^ Final ballot of The Coaches Poll. (The second oldest poll still in use after the AP Poll).

Notable players and coaches

Retired jerseys

Syracuse University honors jersey/uniform numbers of its athletes, but the numbers are not officially "retired" and remain active.[59] Historically, Syracuse University has restricted the men's basketball team from wearing such numbers, but there have also been exceptions to this custom. An example of the former is Carmelo Anthony, who wore #22 in high school, but since the number was already "retired" at Syracuse, Anthony chose #15 as an alternate upon his arrival. Similarly, Gerry McNamara wore #31 in high school, also "retired" by Syracuse University (McNamara chose #3 instead).

Syracuse Orange basketball retired numbers
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Rony Seikaly
Vic Hanson
Carmelo Anthony
Billy Gabor
1942–1943, '45–'48
Wilmeth Sidat-Singh
Sherman Douglas
Lawrence Moten
Dave Bing
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Dennis DuVal
Billy Owens
Pearl Washington
Derrick Coleman
John Wallace
Roosevelt Bouie
Louis Orr

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

Name Pos. Years Inducted
Vic Hanson Forward 1924–1927 1960
Dave Bing Guard 1963–1966 1990
Jim Boeheim Head Coach 1976–present 2005

The Mannie Jackson - Basketball's Human Spirit Award

The award is given annually to an individual who has found the game of basketball to be a contributing aspect to their personal growth and accomplishment, a place to develop an understanding of others, and an avenue that helped shape that individual's growth into a recognized visionary and leader[60].

Name Year
Jim Boeheim 2010
Carmelo Anthony 2019

The Curt Gowdy Media Award

The Basketball Hall of Fame's media award was established by the Board of Trustees to single out members of the electronic and print media for outstanding contributions to basketball.[61]

Name Year
Marty Glickman 1991
Marv Albert 1997
Bob Costas 1999

Orange in the Olympics

Name Year City Position Country Medal
Carmelo Anthony 2004 Athens Forward  United States
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Carmelo Anthony 2008 Beijing Forward  United States
Gold medal icon.svg
Jim Boeheim 2008 Beijing Asst. Coach  United States
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Carmelo Anthony 2012 London Forward  United States
Gold medal icon.svg
Jim Boeheim 2012 London Asst. Coach  United States
Gold medal icon.svg
Carmelo Anthony 2016 Rio de Janeiro Forward  United States
Gold medal icon.svg
Jim Boeheim 2016 Rio de Janeiro Asst. Coach  United States
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Michael Gbinije 2016 Rio de Janeiro Guard  Nigeria

National coaching awards

Naismith College Coach of the Year
Most outstanding head coach
2010 Jim Boeheim
AP College Basketball
Coach of the Year

Best head coach
2010 Jim Boeheim
Henry Iba Award
Best head coach
2010 Jim Boeheim
NABC Coach of the Year
Best head coach
2010 Jim Boeheim
John R. Wooden Award
Legend of coaching
2006 Jim Boeheim
Basketball Times Coach of the Year
Best head coach
2010 Jim Boeheim
Clair Bee Coach of the Year
Significant contributions to the sport
during the preceding year
2000 Jim Boeheim
USA Basketball National
Coach of the Year[62]
Significant impact on the success of
individual athlete and team performance
2001 Jim Boeheim
USA Basketball Developmental
Coach of the Year[62]
Significant impact on the success of
individual athlete and team performance
1998 Jim Boeheim

National award winners

Helms College Player of the Year
Best player
1927 Vic Hanson
Basketball Times Player of the Year
Best player
1990 Derrick Coleman
NCAA Tournament
Most Outstanding Player

Best player of NCAA Tournament
2003 Carmelo Anthony
USBWA National
Freshman of the Year

Best freshman player
2003 Carmelo Anthony
Chip Hilton Player of the Year
Strong personal character
on and off the court
2006 Gerry McNamara
USA Basketball Athlete of the Year
Top performer
2006 Carmelo Anthony
2008 Carmelo Anthony
2016 Carmelo Anthony

College Basketball All-America selections

Syracuse basketball players have earned All-America honors over 70 times. Below are the consensus All-American recognitions, 12 of which are Consensus First-Team All-Americans.[63]

All-America team selections
Year Name Pos.
1912 Lew Castle* C
1914 Lew Castle* C
1918 Joe Schwarzer* C
1915 Leon Bob Marcus* G
1925 Vic Hanson* F
1926 Vic Hanson* F
1927 Vic Hanson* F
1946 Billy Gabor G
1965 Dave Bing* G
1974 Dennis DuVal G
1975 Rudy Hackett F
Year Name Pos.
1980 Roosevelt Bouie C
1985 Pearl Washington G
1986 Pearl Washington G
1988 Sherman Douglas G
1988 Rony Seikaly C
1988 Sherman Douglas G
1989 Derrick Coleman C
1990 Derrick Coleman* C
1990 Billy Owens F
1991 Billy Owens* F
1995 Lawrence Moten F
Year Name Pos.
1996 John Wallace F
2003 Carmelo Anthony F
2004 Hakim Warrick F
2005 Hakim Warrick* F
2010 Wesley Johnson* F
2014 C.J. Fair F
2015 Rakeem Christmas C
* – denotes Consensus First-Team All-Americans

NCAA Tournament awards

C.J. Fair and Rakeem Christmas, 2014 NCAA Trounament
C.J. Fair and Rakeem Christmas, 2014 NCAA Trounament
NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player[64]
Name Pos. Year
Carmelo Anthony F 2003
NCAA Regional Most Outstanding Player[64]
Name Pos. Year
Rony Seikaly C 1987
John Wallace F 1996
Carmelo Anthony F 2003
Michael Carter-Williams G 2013
Malachi Richardson G 2016
NCAA All-Tournament Team[64]
Name Pos. Year
Jim Lee G 1975
Derrick Coleman C 1987
Sherman Douglas G 1987
John Wallace G 1996
Todd Burgan F 1996
Carmelo Anthony F 2003
Gerry McNamara G 2003

Big East Conference awards

Player of the Year
1990 Derrick Coleman
1991 Billy Owens
2005 Hakim Warrick
2010 Wesley Johnson
Coach of the Year[65]
1984 Jim Boeheim
1991 Jim Boeheim
2000 Jim Boeheim
2010 Jim Boeheim
Defensive Player of the Year[66]
1999 Etan Thomas
2000 Etan Thomas
2011 Rick Jackson
2012 Fab Melo
Freshman of the Year
1984 Pearl Washington
1987 Derrick Coleman
1992 Lawrence Moten
2003 Carmelo Anthony
2008 Jonny Flynn
Most Improved Player[67]
1998 Etan Thomas
2001 Preston Shumpert
2003 Hakim Warrick
2013 Michael Carter-Williams
Sixth Man Award[68]
2010 Kris Joseph
2012 Dion Waiters
Sportsmanship of the Year[69]
2003 Kueth Duany
2005 Josh Pace
Scholar-Athlete Award[70]
1990 Stephen Thompson
2005 Craig Forth

Atlantic Coast Conference awards

Most Improved Player of the Year[71]
2015 Rakeem Christmas
Defensive Player of the Year
2015 Rakeem Christmas †

† co-winner

ACC All-Conference selections

Syracuse basketball players in All-ACC teams since 2013–14 season.[72]

All-ACC team selections
Year Name Pos.
2014 Tyler Ennis G
2014 C.J. Fair* F
2015 Rakeem Christmas* C
2016 Michael Gbinije G
2017 Andrew White III F
2018 Tyus Battle G
2019 Tyus Battle G
2020 Elijah Hughes* F
2021 Quincy Guerrier F
* – denotes First-Team All-ACC

ACC All-Defensive Team selections

Syracuse basketball players in ACC All-Defensive teams since 2013–14 season.[73]

ACC All-Defensive team players
Year Name Pos.
2014 Tyler Ennis G
2015 Rakeem Christmas* C
2016 Michael Gbinije G
* – Defensive Player of the Year

ACC All-Tournament Team selections

Syracuse basketball players in ACC All-Tournament teams since 2013–14 season.

ACC All-Tournament Team
Year Name Pos.
2019 Frank Howard G
2021 Buddy Boeheim* G
* – denotes First-Team

Year-by-year results

Since playing its first official season in 1898–99, Syracuse ranks fifth in total victories among all NCAA Division I programs and seventh in all-time win percentage among programs with at least 50 years in Division I, with an all-time win-loss record of 2042–931(.687) as of March 30, 2021(vacated wins included).[4] The Orange currently hold an active NCAA-record 51 consecutive winning seasons.[9]

Statistics overview
Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
No coach (1898–1903)
1898–99 1–0
1900–01 No coach 2–2
1901–02 No coach 3–3
1902–03 No coach 1–8
No coach: 7–13
John A.R. Scott (Independent) (1903–1911)
1903–04 John A.R. Scott 11–8
1904–05 John A.R. Scott 16–7
1905–06 John A.R. Scott 9–3
1906–07 John A.R. Scott 4–3
1907–08 John A.R. Scott 10–3
1908–09 John A.R. Scott 7–8
1909–10 John A.R. Scott 3–11
1910–11 John A.R. Scott 6–11
John Scott: 66–54
Edmund Dollard (Independent) (1911–1924)
1911–12 Edmund Dollard 11–3
1912–13 Edmund Dollard 8–3
1913–14 Edmund Dollard 12–0
1914–15 Edmund Dollard 10–1
1915–16 Edmund Dollard 9–3
1916–17 Edmund Dollard 13–3
1917–18 Edmund Dollard 16–1 Helms Champions
1918–19 Edmund Dollard 13–3
1919–20 Edmund Dollard 15–3
1920–21 Edmund Dollard 12–9
1921–22 Edmund Dollard 16–8
1922–23 Edmund Dollard 8–12
1923–24 Edmund Dollard 8–10
Ed Dollard: 151–59
Lew Andreas (Independent) (1924–1950)
1924–25 Lew Andreas 15–2
1925–26 Lew Andreas 19–1 Helms Champions
1926–27 Lew Andreas 15–4
1927–28 Lew Andreas 10–6
1928–29 Lew Andreas 11–4
1929–30 Lew Andreas 18–2
1930–31 Lew Andreas 16–4
1931–32 Lew Andreas 13–8
1932–33 Lew Andreas 14–2
1933–34 Lew Andreas 15–2
1934–35 Lew Andreas 15–2
1935–36 Lew Andreas 12–5
1936–37 Lew Andreas 13–4
1937–38 Lew Andreas 14–5
1938–39 Lew Andreas 15–4
1939–40 Lew Andreas 10–8
1940–41 Lew Andreas 14–5
1941–42 Lew Andreas 15–6
1942–43 Lew Andreas 8–10
1944–45 Lew Andreas 7–12
1945–46 Lew Andreas 23–4 NIT
1946–47 Lew Andreas 19–6 NCAA District II
1947–48 Lew Andreas 11–13
1948–49 Lew Andreas 18–7
1949–50 Lew Andreas 18–9 NIT
Lew Andreas: 358–135
Marc Guley (Independent) (1950–1962)
1950–51 Marc Guley 19–9
1951–52 Marc Guley 14–6
1952–53 Marcel Guley 7–11
1953–54 Marc Guley 10–9
1954–55 Marc Guley 10–11
1955–56 Marc Guley 14–8
1956–57 Marc Guley 18–7 NCAA Elite Eight
1957–58 Marc Guley 11–10
1958–59 Marc Guley 14–9
1959–60 Marc Guley 13–8
1960–61 Marc Guley 4–19
1961–62 Marc Guley 2–22
Marc Guley: 136–129
Fred Lewis (Independent) (1962–1968)
1962–63 Fred Lewis 8–13
1963–64 Fred Lewis 17–8 NIT
1964–65 Fred Lewis 13–10
1965–66 Fred Lewis 22–6 NCAA Elite Eight
1966–67 Fred Lewis 20–6 NIT
1967–68 Fred Lewis 11–14
Fred Lewis: 91–57
Roy Danforth (Independent) (1968–1976)
1968–69 Roy Danforth 9–16
1969–70 Roy Danforth 12–12
1970–71 Roy Danforth 19–7 NIT
1971–72 Roy Danforth 22–6 NIT
1972–73 Roy Danforth 24–5 NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1973–74 Roy Danforth 19–7 NCAA Round of 32
1974–75 Roy Danforth 23–9 NCAA Final Four
1975–76 Roy Danforth 20–9 NCAA Round of 32
Roy Danforth: 148–71
Jim Boeheim (Independent) (1976–1979)
1976–77 Jim Boeheim 26–4 NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1977–78 Jim Boeheim 22–6 NCAA Round of 32
1978–79 Jim Boeheim 26–4 NCAA Sweet Sixteen
Jim Boeheim: 74–14
Jim Boeheim (Big East Conference) (1979–2013)
1979–80 Jim Boeheim 26–4 5–1 T-1st NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1980–81 Jim Boeheim 22–12 6–8 6th NIT
1981–82 Jim Boeheim 16–13 7–7 T-5th NIT
1982–83 Jim Boeheim 21–10 9–7 5th NCAA Round of 32
1983–84 Jim Boeheim 23–9 12–4 T-2nd NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1984–85 Jim Boeheim 22–9 9–7 T-3rd NCAA Round of 32
1985–86 Jim Boeheim 26–6 14–2 T-1st NCAA Round of 32
1986–87 Jim Boeheim 31–7 12–4 T-1st NCAA Runner-up
1987–88 Jim Boeheim 26–9 11–5 2nd NCAA Round of 32
1988–89 Jim Boeheim 30–8 10–6 3rd NCAA Elite Eight
1989–90 Jim Boeheim 26–7 12–4 T-1st NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1990–91 Jim Boeheim 26–6 12–4 1st NCAA Round of 64
1991–92 Jim Boeheim 22–10 10–8 T-5th NCAA Round of 32
1992–93 Jim Boeheim 20–9 10–8 3rd
1993–94 Jim Boeheim 23–7 13–5 2nd NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1994–95 Jim Boeheim 20–10 12–6 3rd NCAA Round of 32
1995–96 Jim Boeheim 29–9 12–6 2nd (BE7) NCAA Runner-up
1996–97 Jim Boeheim 19–13 9–9 4th (BE7) NIT
1997–98 Jim Boeheim 26–9 12–6 1st (BE7) NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1998–99 Jim Boeheim 21–12 10–8 4th NCAA Round of 64
1999–00 Jim Boeheim 26–6 13–3 T-1st (W) NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2000–01 Jim Boeheim 25–9 10–6 T-2nd (W) NCAA Round of 32
2001–02 Jim Boeheim 23–13 9–7 T-3rd (W) NIT
2002–03 Jim Boeheim 30–5 13–3 T-1st (W) NCAA Champion
2003–04 Jim Boeheim 23–8 11–5 T-3rd NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2004–05* Jim Boeheim 27–7 11–5 T-3rd NCAA Round of 64
2005–06* Jim Boeheim 23–12 7–9 T-9th NCAA Round of 64
2006–07* Jim Boeheim 24–11 10–6 T-5th NIT
2007–08 Jim Boeheim 21–14 9–9 T-8th NIT
2008–09 Jim Boeheim 28–10 11–7 6th NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2009–10 Jim Boeheim 30–5 15–3 T-1st NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2010–11* Jim Boeheim 27–8 12–6 4th NCAA Round of 32
2011–12* Jim Boeheim 34–3 17–1 1st NCAA Elite Eight
2012–13 Jim Boeheim 30–10 11–7 5th NCAA Final Four
Jim Boeheim: 846–300 366–192
Jim Boeheim (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2013–present)
2013–14 Jim Boeheim 28–6 14–4 2nd NCAA Round of 32
2014–15 Jim Boeheim 18–13 9–9 8th
2015–16 Jim Boeheim 23–14 9–9 9th NCAA Final Four
2016–17 Jim Boeheim 19–15 10–8 T-7th NIT
2017–18 Jim Boeheim 23–14 8–10 T-10th NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2018–19 Jim Boeheim 20–14 10–8 6th NCAA Round of 64
2019–20 Jim Boeheim 18–14 10–10 T-6th No Postseason Played - COVID-19
2020–21 Jim Boeheim 18–10 9–7 8th NCAA Sweet Sixteen
Jim Boeheim: 167–100 79–67
Total: 2042–931 (.687)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

* - Indicates season for which the school's overall and/or conference record has been later adjusted by penalty

- From 1975 to 1982, the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) organized annual regional end-of-season men's basketball tournaments for independent Division I ECAC member colleges and universities in the Northeastern United States. The winner of each regional tournament was declared the ECAC regional champion for the season and received an automatic bid in the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.

Players currently in the NBA

Players currently playing professionally around the world

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