In men's basketball, an 18-3 record is good for a No. 9 ranking. In women's basketball, it's good for a ranking in the low twenties.
Syracuse is No. 24 in the AP Poll, released Monday. SU received votes for the past ten weeks and was even the top team among "others receving votes" in the polls released Jan. 14 and Jan. 21. The Orange has not been ranked in the AP Poll since Jan. 10, 2011.
The Orange jumped two spots in USA Today Coaches Poll. The No. 22 ranking ties the highest Coaches Poll ranking in team history. SU has reached No. 22 three other times (once this season, in 2008, and in 2009).
Syracuse's highest ranking in either poll is No. 21, which came Feb. 11, 2008. That Syracuse team finished with a 22-9 record and reached the NCAA Tournament. In Coach Quentin Hillsman's second season at SU, the team set a school record for regular season wins (22). When asked about his best team at Syracuse, he recalled the 2007-2008 Orange as a possibility. But he admits, that may soon change.
"From top to bottom, you go from 1 to 14, we are very, very talented," Hillsman said Thursday about his current group. "As long as they keep playing this way, they have a chance to prove that they’re the best team in school history."
Syracuse plays Tuesday night in Cincinnati (8-13, 0-8). The team's next game is not until the following Tuesday at Georgetown (13-9, 4-5).