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Syracuse Basketball: Jim Boeheim Ties Dean Smith With 879 Wins

With the Syracuse Orange's 95-70 win over the St. John's Red Storm on Saturday, head coach Jim Boeheim has tied legendary North Carolina Tar Heels coach Dean Smith on the all-time Division I wins list with 879.

Jim you must be thrilled and overjoyed and unable to control your emotions...what say you???

"We’re focused on trying to get to the next game," Boeheim said. "That’s what we’re going to continue to try to do."


Actually, Boeheim did say it was "a great honor" and the idea that he could break the record against the Georgetown Hoyas on Wednesday sounds too perfect.

Boeheim is in his 36th year at the helm of the Orange, which is the same number of years that Smith coached. He will now try to catch Bobby Knight, who won 902 games in 42 seasons. If Boeheim keeps up his usual pace, he could break that record as soon as the end of next season.

After that is Coach K, who's at 919 wins and showing no signs of slowing down. When asked about catching Coach K, Boeheim scoffed:

"I can’t even see him," Boeheim joked when asked if had heard from Krzyzewski lately about moving up the list. "Dean Smith was an unbelievable coach, one of, I think, the four best ever in college basketball. But we have a long way to go this season."

Congrats to Jimmy B, may there be many more wins to come, including a couple in large stadiums during a very special weekend (and I don't mean your cousin's Bar Mitzvah).