11 facts about Syracuse University’s history in the NCAA Tournament

Published 03/18 2014 01:48PM

Updated 03/18 2014 04:55PM

Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – As the Syracuse Orange get ready for another NCAA Tournament, we’ve compiled facts about the team’s long history in the Big Dance:

SU was a No. 3 seed in 2003 (as it is this year) when the team won the National Championship.

This tournament marks the sixth time Syracuse has been a No. 3 seed.

SU is making its 37th NCAA Tournament appearance this year.

Jim Boeheim is coaching the Orange in the tournament for the 31st time.

Syracuse has played in five Final Fours (1975, 1987, 1996, 2003, 2013).

The Orange has played in three National Championship games (1987, 1996, 2003).

In 1991, SU became the first No. 2 seed to be knocked out of the tournament by a No. 15 seed, with a 73-69 loss to Richmond.

Syracuse holds the record for most overtime games in a single NCAA Tournament, with three in 1975:
- East Region Quarterfinals, 87-83 win over La Salle
- East Region Final, 95-87 win over Kansas State
- National Third Place Game, 88-96 loss to Louisville

Jim Boeheim has coached a total of 52 wins in the NCAA Tournament. He ranks fourth behind Mike Krzyzewski (82), Dean Smith (65), and Roy Williams (62).

Sherman Douglas had a combined 106 assists over a total of 14 games with Syracuse in the 1986, 1987, and 1989 tournaments. He ranks third in all-time tournament assists behind Bobby Hurley of Duke with 145, and Ed Cota of North Carolina with 118.

Stephen Thompson had a 68.4 Field Goal Percentage (78-114) with Syracuse over a total of 15 games in the 1987, 1988, 1989, and 1990 tournaments. He ranks second in all-time best FPG during tournament play (for players with at least 70 total field goals). Bill Walton of UCLA is first with a 68.6% FPG in 1972-74.

Sources: Syracuse Athletics, Sports Network

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