UNC Basketball: Orange vs. Tar Heels game preview

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Syracuse Orange

NCAA Basketball: Syracuse at Virginia Tech
NCAA Basketball: Syracuse at Virginia Tech /

Head Coach: Jim Boeheim. Career Record 884-342. This is Boeheim’s 41st season at Syracuse and his only head coaching stop. He has made the NCAA tournament 32 times, the Sweet Sixteen 18 times, the Elite Eight seven times, and the Final Four five times. He also has a National title.

Last Season: Last season the Orange went 23-14. They went 9-9 in ACC play and finished ninth in the conference. After an opening second round ACC tournament loss, most people were surprised when the Orange snuck into the tournament as a 10 seed.

The Orange surprised many by winning four straight on their way to the Final Four. Their Cinderella run though ended there when they ran into the Tar Heels. The season was also marked by the suspension of Jim Boeheim by the NCAA.

Best Former Player: Carmelo Anthony. Anthony is a nine-time All-Star, six-time All-NBA teamer, and a three-time Olympic Gold Medalist. In his career he has 22,460 points, 5,954 rebounds, and 2,887 assists.

He currently sits 26th all-time in scoring.

This Season: Syracuse is currently 11-7 this season. They started off the year going 4-0, but followed that up with six losses in their next 10 games. That included an ACC road opening loss to Boston College. Since that loss, the Orange have gone 3-1.