On Monday, December 17, Jim Boeheim became only the third coach in NCAA Division I history to win 900 games. In his remarkable 34 year career at Syracuse Boeheim is the only one of the three to accomplish this feat with one school. He has led the Orange to 27 NCAA Tournament appearances and three Final Fours. Boeheim won the national championship with freshman phenom Carmelo Anthony in 2003. He has won four Big East Coach of the Year awards, and is a part of the USA Men’s Basketball Olympic coaching staff. His calm demeanor and ability to lead is what separates him from the competition. He is a great recruiter and has mastered the 2-3 zone which is the primary defense of the Syracuse Orange. Coach Boeheim makes Cuse a Final Four contender almost every year and they are always among the Big East’s elite teams. Boeheim is continuing his success with the #9 ranked Orange in the 2012-13 season.
Syracuse is off to another hot start this season winning their first 10 games before losing this weekend to Temple at Madison Square Garden. Super sophomore Michael Carter-Williams has emerged into the leader and one of the best guards in the country. The 6’6 point guard is a tremendous play-maker and runs the show for the Orange. He leads the nation in assists averaging 10.3 per game and adds 12.4 points. Recipients of Carter-Williams’ passes are senior forward James Southerland, junior G Brandon Triche and junior wing C.J. Fair. Southerland is Cuse’ leading scorer (15.9) and an amazing three point shooter. He is third in the Big East in 3 pointers made, knocking in 2.6 per game. Earlier this season Southerland scored a career high 35 points and tied a school record of 9 three-pointers made against Arkansas. Triche (14.5 ppg) is Carter-Williams’ backcourt mate and brings some veteran leadership. He is a very physical, aggressive guard who excels in the open court and has hit some big time shots in his career. Fair is an extraordinary athlete who is a great defender and runs the floor tremendously. The junior leads the team in rebounds (6.8) and has had some big scoring nights so far this season.
Syracuse always seems to be one of the nation’s elite teams. On Monday, Cuse extended their home winning streak to a nation’s best 30 games. Even with losing three players to the 2012 NBA Draft the Orange has not missed a beat. There is a reason Boeheim is a Hall of Fame coach and one of the best we’ve ever seen at the Division I level. He is a true professional that gives his team the opportunity to win every year. With Boeheim coaching, Carter-Williams running the show, and the rest of the deep Syracuse team that can run, score, and defend with that suffocating 2-3 zone, Syracuse will have a chance to win the Big East and make another run at the Final Four.
John Cavaliere scouts and writes about the Big East for NetScouts Basketball.