Boeheim & Orange Downplay 20-0 Start, But Just How Impressive is it?

Nothing has been won yet, but it’s worth looking at what SU has already done.

Kevin Rivoli/AP Photo

With last night’s win over Pittsburgh, Syracuse is now out to a 20-0 start, the best in the program’s storied history. It’s one of Jim Boeheim’s deepest teams, with an extraordinary focus on defensive intensity. The Per’fesser downplayed the significance of that accomplishment after the game.

“There is no significance, none whatsoever. The only thing I care about is this year and what we are doing this year.”

Even though the path of the unbeaten may even lead the Orange into February, players like senior leader Kris Joseph echoed the sentiment.

“We’re not worried about our record. We’ve been playing good basketball so far. We’ve come this far doing the things that we’ve been doing and we’re focusing on.”

They are right. The record start will not ultimately define this team. The ’99-’00 SU squad began 19-0, but Orange Nation only remembers blowing a double-digit lead to Michigan State in the Sweet 16. It’s all about how you finish.

But the historical mark does offer perspective on just how good this team has been.  How many great teams has Boeheim had? The best start in school history is not the ultimate goal, but it’s the first step in recognizing this team could be one of the all time greats at SU. Now it has to build on that for the rest of the season. But only a Final Four and/or National Championship will cement this team as one of the greatest Boeheim has ever had.

The Orange don’t seem to be caught up in their own hype, which will surely build as the undefeated streak grows and the tournament nears. It’s the perfect attitude for this team as it navigates a competitive Big East schedule, and into March. It’s also the reason SU is still undefeated. Led by Kris Joseph and Scoop Jardine’s focus and bigger picture goals, regular season wins and individual accomplishments seem to be secondary for this squad. In a sport with such incredible roster turnover, and national hype surrounding elite players when they’re just adolescents, pulling together for the common good is rare. 

But this edition of the Orange has seemingly found that beautiful mix. The record also underscores just how difficult it is to go 20-0. The only other team still unbeaten is Murray State, which is playing several steps down in competition. So while the players and coaches will downplay the significance, it’s quite an accomplishment. Syracuse must finish the job in March to really go down in school lore, but 20-0 is a good time for Orange Nation to take a moment to recognize just how great this team has already been.

Posted: Steve Neikam

266 Comments on this Post

  1. Hi, i believe that i noticed you visited my site thus i came to return the want?.I am attempting to to find issues to improve my site!I guess its good enough to make use of a few of
    your ideas!!

  2. This is a topic which is close to my heart… Many thanks!
    Where are your contact details though?

  3. You will find quite a few options on how to have your automobile delivered.
    The enzyme, however, is itself unchanged at the end
    of the reaction. Cargo on ships must be removed within a specific period of time
    (usually 72 hours), otherwise demurrage fees may be charged to the party responsible for the delay.

  4. Orianna now gains a passive range indicator that shows the range at which
    The Ball will return to her when attached
    to an allied Champion. Of all the strategy RPGs on the PS2
    (including this games predecessor Disgaea 1), Disgaea 2
    had the best characters, funniest story, and most balanced game play without too much grinding.

    Then climb to the second elevator and do ledge hangs all the way to the top.

  5. Excellent site you have here.. It’s difficult to find high-quality
    writing like yours nowadays. I honestly appreciate people like you!

    Take care!!

  6. Hello, Neat post. There is a problem with your site in web explorer, wouild
    check this? IE nonetheless is the marketplace chief and a good element off folks will leave out
    your fantastic writing due to this problem.

  7. Hi there! This post couldn’t be written any better! Reading this post reminds me of my good old
    room mate! He always kept chatting about this.
    I will forward this article to him. Fairly certain he will have a good read.
    Thank you for sharing!

  8. Spot on with this write-up, I truly believe that this web site needs a lot
    more attention. I’ll probably be back again to read more,
    thanks for the information!

  9. Hello my loved one! I want to say that this post
    is amazing, great written and include almost all vital infos.
    I would like to see more posts like this .

  10. Its such as you learn my thoughts! You appear to grasp a lot about this, such as you wrote the ebook in it or something.
    I think that you can do with some p.c. to force the message
    house a bit, but instead of that, that is fantastic blog.
    A great read. I will definitely be back.

  11. It is perfect time to make some plans for the future and it is time
    to be happy. I’ve read this post and if I could I want to suggest you few interesting things
    or tips. Perhaps you could write next articles referring to this article.
    I wish to read more things about it!

  12. I’m gone to convey my little brother, that he should also visit this webpage on regular
    basis to obtain updated from most recent gossip.

  13. Hi there, just wanted to tell you, I enjoyed this post.
    It was helpful. Keep on posting!

  14. Your way of explaining all in this post is truly pleasant, all
    be able to simply know it, Thanks a lot.

  15. I was suggested this web site byy my cousin. I am not sute whether this post is writgen by him
    as no one else know such detailed about my problem. You’re wonderful!

  1. By Daily Links 1/18/12 on January 18, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    [...] We Learned From Syracuse's Victory Over Pittsburgh CJ Fair is the Key to Winning a National Title Boeheim & Orange Downplay 20-0 Start, But Just How Impressive Is It? Syracuse's Fantasy [...]

Leave a Comment

Spam Protection by WP-SpamFree