There are some basketball teams that define college basketball. They have the entire package which includes many championships, a legendary coach, a great venue, a great conference with some fantastic rivalries, memorable games and a slew of stars who have gone on to greatness in the NBA. Syracuse certainly has all of the above.
The Orange has been to the NCAA Tournament 37 times. They have advanced to the Sweet Sixteen 21 times, the Elite Eight nine times, the Final Four five times, the National Championship Game three times and in 2003, the Orange won the NCAA Tournament.
The Orange has been to the NIT 12 times and have won 12 games. Their best showing was 1981 when they advanced all the way to the championship game. They have been to the semifinals at Madison Square Garden twice.
Syracuse has had many great players come through the program such as Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Coleman, Dwayne Washington. Rony Seikaly, Sherman Douglas, Dave Bing, Louis Orr, Michael Carter-Williams, Fab Melo, Kris Joseph, Brandon Triche, Gerry McNamara, Leo Rautins, C. J. Fair, Johnny Flynn and many more.
The Carrier Dome may be about as good as it gets in college basketball. The Orange can seat nearly 35000 fans for college hoops in their football dome and on occasion have expanded capacity to seat even more. The place is nicknamed “The Loud House” and it lives up to its reputation every time the Orange take the floor.
Syracuse basketball is the biggest game on campus. It is a lot like going to a football game as fans flock to the Carrier Dome hours before the game and hang out in the local pubs and restaurants, which there are no shortage of in the college town. If you are new to the area, check out The Mission for Mexican cuisine or Dinosaur Barbecue for some great BBQ.
When you walk into the Carrier Dome, you will be in awe, not only because of the size and the huge crowd, but also all of the championship banners, retired numbers and other reminders of the greatness of Syracuse athletics. There are few fan bases as passionate as fans of the Orange and they add greatly to the fantastic atmosphere. This is basketball at its highest level.
Syracuse was part of the Big East during its three decade run at the top of the college basketball world. They developed great rivalries with teams such as Georgetown, St. John’s, Villanova, Pitt, Louisville, Providence, Seton Hall and other Big East heavyweights. Now, because of the conference re-shuffling cause by the college football playoffs, the Orange have moved to the ACC.
If there is a conference as good or better than the old Big East, it would be the ACC. Not only did some of their old foes form the Big East such as Pitt, Notre Dame, Louisville, Miami, Boston College and Virginia Tech wind up in the ACC, but they have the traditional ACC powerhouse programs such as Duke, North Carolina, Clemson, Wake Forest, Florida State, Georgia Tech and Virginia to compete with as well. If you can find a better college basketball experience than Syracuse Basketball at the Carrier Dome, then go there.
You will want to get to as many Syracuse games as you can this season. Many of these teams will be headed to the NCAA Tournament, and many of those will be going deep into the Big Dance. You may even get to see the eventual National Champion as they often come out of the ACC. Do not miss a chance to go to the Carrier Dome for Syracuse basketball.
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