Representing the Syracuse University, the Syracuse Orange man’s basketball team is one of the teams participating at the Big East Conference of the NCAA Division I. The first ever team was formed in 1899 and they played their first official season in 1900-1901. Presently, the Orange has established itself as being the fifth strongest team of the Division I of all-times. They are holding an active record of 39 consecutive wins. The team plays at their home arena located at Carrier Dome which has the capacity of 33,633 spectators.
Having being formed in 1899, the team went on to be recognized as the national champions in 1918. The team received another National title for the year 1926 under coach Lew Andreas. In 1946 and 1950, the team also made NIT (National Invitation Tournament) appearances and a NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) appearance in 1957.
From 1973, under coach Roy Danforth, the team began a series of successive NCAA appearances along with a Final Four attendance in 1975. In 1976, Danforth left the team to join the Tulane University and assistant coach Jim Boeheim was promoted to the post of head coach. He was also successful in pushing the team forward to another 9 NCAA appearances. In 1979, Syracuse joined the Big East Conference along with other Universities including Georgetown University, both of them ranked under the top ten teams of the program.
Syracuse won the Big East Tournament title in 1981, and was the runners-up at the NIT tournament and appeared for a NCAA Tournament the same season. In the new millennium, the team has appeared for more NCA Tournaments and in 2002-03, finished second at the NCAA Tournament Championship with a 81-78 defeat to the University of Kansas. To this date, the program has appeared for 39 consecutive NCAA records including 32 NCAA appearances and 4 Final Fours. The team has also made 11 NIT appearances and won 2 national titles in their pre-tournament epoch.
Current coach Boeheim, who has stayed with the team for 34 seasons, is inducted in the Hall of Fame and is the 8th coach from Division I to have 800 wins.
Won 11 NIT championship titles
Won a NCAA Tournament title