Although he doesn’t appear to be, legendary NCAA basketball head coach Jim Boeheim is more orange than the 45th U.S.A President Donald J Trump. That is solely due to the fact that Boeheim has been guiding the Syracuse Orange since The Donald was still DATING Wife #1 Ivana Zelnickova. Also not to be confused with Frank Underwood (House of Cards) here we take a look at the amazing courtside career of Jim Boeheim.
Jim Boeheim Wins
Similarities between President Trump and the Hilltoppers bench boss end at orange as Boeheim is a proven, bona fide, winner – one can bet on those NOT being alternative facts. Inheriting a decent Orangemen Crew, that coach Roy Danforth had previously guided for eight seasons and had just led to four straight NCAA March Madness appearances, Boeheim took the Syracuse reigns in 1976.
Boeheim kept the ship sailing in a winning direction as the Orangemen played as independents for another three years. Syracuse made it to three March Madness dances, that included two Sweet 16 and one First Round exist, while posting a 74-14 record. When an opportunity arose, to join an east coast “basketball first” focused conference, the Orange peeled away from their Independent roots.
Syracuse Basketball Odds
Along with heavyweights like St. John’s and Georgetown, Syracuse was a founding member of the basketball centric Big East Conference (1979-2013) when it was established in 1979. Winning ways continued as the Orange posted a 26-4 mark, won the first Big East Conference Championship and advanced to the Sweet 16 round of the NCAAB tournament. Syracuse basketball odds were largely on the chalk side of the ledger over their 34 years in the Big East as Boeheim & Crew attended the March Madness party 26 times and they posted an overall 846-300 record within the conference.
Syracuse advanced to the Sweet 16 nine times, the Elite Eight twice and lost in the Championship Final twice. Boeheim reached a high water mark when the Orange went 30-5 and won the NCCAB Championship with a stirring 81-79 victory over the Kansas Jayhawks in 2013. The win was fuelled by future NBA star and Madness MOP Carmelo Anthony and gave Boeheim his first Championship after 27 NCAAB seasons. During 1,146 matches as a Big East squad, the Hilltoppers outscored their opponents by a 89,333 to 79,317 combined count which was good for a 78-69 per game average.
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Cutting ties with the revamped Big East, Syracuse moved to the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2013. The ‘Cuse first three seasons in the ACC were a mixed bag as the Orange advanced to the second round in 2014, they were ineligible in 2015, and made a solid run to the Final Four in 2016. NCAAB ordered vacated wins (101) aside, Jim Boeheim posted career win 1,000 when the Orange defeated Virginia 66-62 on February 4, 2017. At the time of publishing (10/02/17) the Orange are a “bubble team” to make 2017 March Madness field of 68 teams. We are tracking the NCAAB action and will update this space once Selection Sunday plays out. We’re excited about the pending Madness.
With the NCAAB season being a long grind, plus the fact that it plays out during the NFL playoff betting period, we turn our focus to college hoops action during the third week of February. It is a good turn as regular season play is winding down and the contenders are starting to separate from the pretenders. When the Madness begins, we are loaded with an arsenal of research and ready to roll. Surf back here for updates and view the FREE pick predictions on our Facebook page anytime. Speaking of arsenals, the top ranked online bookmakers in the table below are all March Madness wagering experts. SportsInteraction, who currently have Gonzaga as 2017 NCAAB Championship futures chalk with a +800 money line price, is a prime time hoops wagering destination. That said, all of the Canada Sports Betting recommended sportsbooks are quality basketball betting websites.