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800Links - Wrapping Up SU's Win Over Albany

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Some final updates, notes and stories on last night's #800 win for Jim Boeheim

ESPN Classic honors Jim Boeheim with four classic Syracuse games today...Mike Waters

At noon, Syracuse vs. Notre Dame with Gerry McNamara hitting a game-winning 3-pointer.

At 2 p.m., Syracuse beats Georgetown as Lawrence Moten helps Boeheim get his 450th career win.

At 4 p.m., Syracuse outlasts Connecticut in last season's epic 6-overtime game in the Big East Tournamennt.

At 7 p.m., Carmelo Anthony leads Syracuse to the 2003 NCAA championship.

Jim Boeheim on Dan Patrick...The Dan Patrick Show

Dan did ask Boeheim about how much longer he wants to coach. Boeheim didn't sound like he was about to retire. Boeheim said that winning the national title wouldn't convince him to retire. He'd probably stay, because that would mean his team was good.

800: Boeheim becomes eighth coach in D-I history to win 800 career games...Conor Orr

"He knows exactly what he's doing," Triche said. "A lot of us try and go against what he says, and it doesn't work. At the end of the day, he knows exactly what he's doing. That's why he's won so much."

Those were two big doings at the Dome: Boeheim's 800th win and Johnson's debut...Bud Poliquin

Wesley Johnson may or may not dazzle like Jonny Flynn and he almost certainly won’t inspire busloads to rumble along Route 81 as did Gerry McNamara (who made his graduate/assistant coaching debut on Monday). But he put on a nice show against those poor dogs from Albany and there was every suggestion that there would be more, much more, down the road.

SU Downs Great Danes In Boeheim’s 800th Victory...CuseOrange

Despite not cracking the scoring column for the first 12 minutes of the game, Wes Johnson did a nice job of filling the stat sheet in his ‘Cuse debut with 12 points, eight rebounds, four assists and six steals before all was said and done.  It’s going to be very exciting having him around to cause all sorts of problems for opposing defenses. His scoring will come largely from transition baskets, cleaning up the offensive glass and the occasional jumper, and not so much on dribble drives, and I’m quite ok with that.

SU smothers Albany with defense...Donna Ditota

The Orange roughed up visiting Albany, 75-43, in the first game of the 2K Sports Classic in the Carrier Dome. The Great Danes shot 27 percent in the game. They made 18 percent of their 3-point attempts.

SU players waved their arms and moved their feet. The tentacles of SU’s long, tall zone reached into the passing lanes and disrupted Albany’s attempts to move the ball. Hands plucked at basketballs and Orange men sprawled on the Carrier Dome court to snare the loose balls that resulted from those thefts.

SU-Albany Recap...Brent Axe

As long as that chase is worth it, as long as that next win taunts Boeheim, still makes him nervous before games, still makes him hit the recruiting trail to compete with guys 30 years younger than him, still lights the fire inside to teach the game of basketball, then I'd get ready for a few more celebrations like last night at the Carrier Dome.

Boeheim is always just chasing the next win, but fans and media types will inevitably start looking towards that next milestone he can achieve.

Point guards Triche, Jardine share duty with mixed results...Tyler Dunne

This replacing Jonny Flynn thing may take some time and a few headaches. In SU's 75-43 win over Albany Monday night, the results were mixed at point guard. Triche started slow but showed promise. Jardine maximized his minutes with 12 points, four assists and just one turnover. Triche had four turnovers in his first six minutes.

Rautins held scoreless before injuring ankle...Conor Orr, Tyler Dunne

"It hurts," Rautins said. "We'll see how it feels later."

North Carolina, Syracuse Look Radically Different This Year...Jameson Fleming

Brandon Triche looked ok in his debut, but Scoop Jardine deserves to start over Triche as the red-shirt sophomore had an efficient 12 points and 4 assists. Triche tended to force too many passes and repeatedly entered the lane uncontrollably. The freshman got into foul trouble in the first half because of two offensive charges.

The early view from China...Cuse Country

It’s great to see a dominating performance on the boards (42-32), even against a smaller, weaker opponent. Too often in the past we’ve seen Syracuse’s superior athletes struggle to outrebound small schools, even in games that SU wins handily. Against Albany the big men took care of business, and it appears we had a lot of activity and hustle from the guards as well. Rautins and Triche had 5 boards each, which indicates a big change from the .0001 rebounds per game that Devo averaged and the only-slightly-higher results that Flynn could bring to the table.

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Coach Boeheim Gets Win 800...Three Idiots on Sports

Syracuse played 40 minutes of zone tonight, and it was effective, holding Albany to 45 points. After a few years of man to man versus zone debates, this much is clear - this particular group that JB has assembled is a zone team. I'm fine with it. It's one less thing to debate throughout the year.

Putting Boeheim's 800th in perspective...Beyond The Arc

Look, getting to 800 isn't easy. It's a combination of longevity and winning, which some coaches aren't going to match. Rick Pitino (age 57) is 247 away. Tom Izzo (54) isn't even halfway there. Same goes for John Calipari (50) and Bill Self (46). All those guys may fall short. Roy Williams wins 80 percent of his games, but at 59, he's still 205 away. Will he coach long enough to hit 800?

Boeheim > Thompsons...HoyaSuxa

Jim Boeheim Career Wins: 800

John Thompson, Jr. Career Wins: 596

John Thompson, III Career Wins: 184

That’s right.  Jesus Boeheim has 20 more wins than Big John and Junior’s Junior combined.

And finally, courtesy of Orange44 (and HoyaSuxa I suppose), here's the celebratory #800 Win Dance courtest of The Glaude: