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Jim Boeheim's Tournament History

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Not sure what value this adds, but thought it would be interesting to track back to see who we had lost to and how we had fared during the Boeheim era.

A few notes: we had been upset according to seed in 9 of Boeheim's first 13 NCAA Tournament appearances. All of those losses were by four-seed margin or more (tough to do analysis on first two, as there weren't bracket seeds).

'76-77 - Charlotte (6 v. 17 overall)
'77-78 - Western Kentucky (18 v. unranked overall)
'78-79 - Penn (4 v. 9)
'79-80 - Iowa (1 v. 5)
'83-84 - Virginia (3 v. 7)
'85-86 - Navy (2 v. 7)
'87-88 - Rhode Island (3 v. 11)
'89-90 - Minnesota (2 v. 6)
'90-91 - Richmond (2 v. 15)

After the Richmond loss, from '91 through the national title, the only upset loss Syracuse had in the NCAA Tournament was a marginal 8-9 loss in '98-99. All others they lost to a higher seed, and had five upsets along the way (including 3 during the NCAA title run).

Following the NCAA title, the next three years were fairly large upsets (5 v. 8 - Alabama; and the two first-round losses to Vermont & Texas A&M). Then the lull of two non-NCAA Tournament teams and the semi-golden era that included a run of bad luck (Onuaku injury, Marquett matchup, Fab Melo situation).

The 2013-14 team was an enigma, and should not have lost to Dayton. Then the last two upset-riddled runs to the Final Four and the Sweet 16, straddled by a couple NIT caliber teams.

This year, we will see what happens. But it's been anything but uninteresting to follow Syracuse basketball over the last four decades.
 

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