Syracuse University Magazine

Record Orange Crowd

An NCAA on-campus record basketball crowd of 34,616 turned out at the Carrier Dome on February 27 to watch the fourth-ranked Orange defeat Villanova, 95-77. The victory over the seventh-ranked Wildcats helped propel Coach Jim Boeheim's squad to the top of the national polls two days later, marking the first time since the 1989-90 campaign that Syracuse held the number-one ranking in the regular season. On Senior Day, March 2, the Orange clinched the Big East regular-season crown outright for the first time since 1990-91, with an 85-66 decision over St. John's in its season finale in the Loud House. SU entered the NCAA tournament as the number-one seed in the West region and posted wins over Vermont (79-56) and Gonzaga (87-65) to advance to the Sweet 16, but then fell to Butler, 63-59, closing the season at 30-5. Several organizations recognized Boeheim '66, G'73 as national Coach of the Year and forward Wes Johnson '11 as a first-team All-American. "These guys had a really unbelievable year, and I couldn't be prouder of them," Boeheim said. "Of any team I've ever coached, they've accomplished as much as you could ask for."

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