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Past 20 Years of Basketball at Syracuse University

Jim Boeheim took over as head coach for Syracuse University’s men’s basketball team in 1976. That year, the team finished 26-4 and made it to the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Let’s begin in 1999, 20 years ago and Boeheim’s 23rd year as head coach.

1999-2000

The Orange finished the season, 26-6 and were ranked No. 6 in the nation. They made it to Sweet Sixteen and also won Big East Season Champions.

Notable players include:

  • Ryan Blackwell, now the boy’s basketball head coach for Liverpool High School in Syracuse, New York.
  • Etan Thomas who won the Big East Defensive Player of the Year for that season and averaged 13.6 points per game.
  • Preston Shumpert, who’s two sons now play on the boy’s basketball team for Jamesville-DeWitt High School in Syracuse, New York.

2000-2001

Syracuse finished the season, 25-9, and were ranked No. 5 in the nation. The team made it to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament.

2001-2002

The team finished with a record of 23-13. They made it to the Final Four of the NIT Tournament.

2002-2003

This was a major season for the Orange. Syracuse won the NCAA National Championship for the first time in school history. The team finished the season ranked No. 3 in the nation with a record of 30-5.

Notable players include:

  • Gerry McNamara, now assistant head coach of the Orange.
  • Carmelo Anthony, who declared himself eligible for the NBA draft after his freshman season and was selected by the Denver Nuggets third in the first round.

2003-2004

Boeheim led the team to the Sweet Sixteen this season. His team finished 23-8 and were ranked No. 5 in the county.

2004-2005

The team finished with a record of 27-7 and were ranked No. 4 in the nation. Even though they were named Big East Tournament Champions, they only made it to the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

2005-2006

Similar to the year before, this team only made it to the first round of the NCAA Tournament and were named Big East Tournament Champions. They were ranked No. 5 in the nation and their record was 23-12.

2006-2007

The team finished with a record of 24-11 and only got to the quarter finals of the NIT Tournament.

2007-2008

This year, the team again only got to the quarter finals of the NIT Tournament. The Orange finished 21-14.

2008-2009

This was the year when Syracuse turned everything around. The men finished their run with a record of 28-10. They made it to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament and finished No. 3 in the country.

Notable players include:

  • Sophomore Jonny Flynn with an average of 17.4 points per game.
  • Eric Devendorf who made 79.5% of his free throws.
  • Jamesville-DeWitt graduate Andy Rautins.

2009-2010

Syracuse was on fire this year, finishing the season by being named No. 1 in the nation. Their record was 30-5, were named Big East Season Champions and made it to the Sweet Sixteen.

2010-2011

Boeheim and the boys finished with a record of 28-7. They finished No. 3 in the country but only went to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

2011-2012

This is personally my favorite season. Syracuse was ranked No. 1 in the nation for the second time in three years. They finished their season 34-3 and danced all the way to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament. They also were named Big East Season Champions.

Notable players include:

  • My favorite: Dion Waiters. Even though he decided to leave school after his sophomore year to enter the NBA Draft, the two years he spent in Syracuse were amazing. He was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers as the fourth pick in the first round of the draft. He was also named Big East Sixth Man of the Year for this season.
  • Kris Joseph, who averaged 13.4 points per game during his senior year.

The team celebrating their NIT Season Tip Off. Front and center are cousins, No. 11 Scoop Jardine and No. 3 Dion Waiters.

2012-2013

The team would finish with a record of 30-10. Syracuse went all the way to the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament. They also finished ranked No. 4 in the country.

2013-2014

Even though the team only made it to round of 32 in the NCAA Tourney, the team finished ranked No. 3 in the nation and finished with a record of 28-6.

2014-2015

This wasn’t such a good year for ‘Cuse. The day before the final game of the season in 2015, the NCAA announced their investigation into Syracuse University and Jim Boeheim. The investigation revealed a decade-long series of violations like improper benefits, academic misconduct and drug-policy failures. Jim Boeheim was then suspended for the Orange’s first nine ACC games of the 2015-2016 season. He also was docked 108 wins and had to forfeit 12 scholarships over the next four seasons. They finished the season with a record of 18-13.

2015-2016

Syracuse came back ready to prove everyone wrong. The team finished the season ranked No. 10 in the nation with a record of 23-14. The team danced to the Final Four but fell to UNC.

Notable players include:

  • Michael Gbinije, who was selected in the second round of the NBA Draft to play for the Detroit Pistons.
  • Malachi Richardson, who averaged 13.4 points during his freshman year. He declared for the NBA Draft after his one year at Syracuse and was selected by the Charlotte Hornets as the 22nd overall pick.

2016-2017

After the triumph of the 2015-2016 season, this year was a downfall for the Orange. The team finished with a record of 19-15 and only made it to the second round of the NIT Tournament.

2017-2018

This year was a better one for Syracuse. The men finished being ranked No. 11 in the nation with a record of 23-14. The Orange danced all the way to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament,

2018-2019

Boeheim’s son, Buddy, joined the team after graduating from Jamesville-DeWitt high school in Syracuse, New York. The team won against No. 1 Duke at Duke in overtime back in January and that wasn’t the last time the two met. Duke visited the Dome in March and then met in the ACC Tournament. Ultimately, Duke won the last two meetings. Syracuse ended up only going to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and ended the season with a record of 20-14.

No. 11 Oshae Brissett and No. 23 Elijah Hughes in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, March 2019.

Who knows what 2019-2020 season will bring for the Orange. Syracuse fans just hope for more excitement from Buddy Boeheim and the whole squad since the team is saying goodbye to five seniors and Tyus Battle, who declared he entered his name into the NBA Draft. But one thing you should never do is underestimate the Orange.

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