Syracuse Basketball: A History Of Being No. 1

Odds are that the Syracuse Orange basketball team will take over as the No. 1 team in the nation today. It will be the first time since a one-week run at the top spot late in 2010 and the first time they'll be No. 1 this early in the season since the 1989-90 year. The only other time they've been ranked No. 1 was at the beginning of the 1987-1988 season.

Let's take a look back at Syracuse's history of One-ness (using AP rank).

Year Weeks Record Final Record Final Reg. Season Rank NCAA Tournament
2009 - 2010 1 1-1 30-5 3 Sweet Sixteen
1989 - 1990 6 10-1 26-7 6 Sweet Sixteen
1987 - 1988 2 2-2 26-9 9 Second Round
Total 9 13-3

Syracuse actually lost the first game it ever played as a No. 1, to North Carolina, but kept the top spot nonetheless. Let's hope the location of that team and the location of our next opponent (NC State) is not a bad omen of some kind.

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