Saturday, February 27, 2010

Keep on Winning: 26-2

At 26-2, the Syracuse basketball team has a school record for the best record after 28 games. As mentioned a few days ago, the Syracuse record for wins in a season is 31, set in 1986-1987. This year’s team is actually hurting its opportunity to break that record, by playing so well. The Orange have already clinched a double bye in the Big East tournament. That means they will play at most three games in the Big East Tournament. And they will not have any easy games in the BET, as the first two rounds of the tournament will remove those.

Villanova tonight will be a major test for the Orange. St. John’s will be the most winnable game left on the schedule, though no games in the Big East are ever easy. Based on how well this Orange team plays on the road, it’s possible the last game of the regular season at Louisville may be the easiest of the three games.

Syracuse could enter the NCAA tournament with a school record 32 wins, though that is unlikely. A win over Villanova tonight would lock up the Big East Regular Season title for the Orange, something they have not accomplished since 1999-2000, when they went 13-3 in conference, 26-6 overall.

They will have up to six more chances to win in the NCAA tournament. Potentially twelve games remain on the Orange’s basketball season. It will be great fun to watch and see how far they can go. As legendary Syracuse alumni Al Davis always said, ‘Just win, baby’.

For those going tonight, this is the 66th time the Carrier Dome has had a crowd of 30,000+. Syracuse is 45-22 in the first sixty seven outings.

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