Nov 29, 2011; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange head coach Jim Boeheim smiles during the press conference after the game against Eastern Michigan Eagles at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-US PRESSWIRE

Syracuse Basketball Ranked 8th In ESPN’s Top 50 Programs Over The Last 50 Years


The Syracuse Men’s Basketball team has been ranked 8th on ESPN’s list of the top 50 programs over the past 50 years. The Orange were the highest rated team with just one national championship out of all the schools on the list. ESPN had this to say about the Orange:

Incredibly consistent over the long term, ranking in the top six for NCAA berths and win percentage points, with no losing seasons since 1969. No Big East team totaled more points than Syracuse’s 353 in the Jim Boeheim-era (since ’76-77). Three top-10 NBA picks in the past four drafts is topped by only Kentucky.

The Syracuse starting five for the past fifty years? Not too Shabby:

G – Sherman Douglas (1985-89)
G – Dave Bing (1963-66)
F – Billy Owens (1988-91)
F – Carmelo Anthony (2002-03)
C – Derrick Coleman (1986-90)

The best news of Syracuse being #8? They are four spots ahead of the Georgetown Hoyas.

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