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|
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.