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Syracuse Basketball: The Louie and Bouie Show Takes Another Bow

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During tomorrow's game, Syracuse University will retire the jerseys of Roosevelt Bouie and Louis Orr. The Louie and Bouie show helped Jim Boeheim take the SU program to the next level.

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You've probably heard the story a few times. Jim Boeheim hires a young assistant coach named Rick Pitino and asks him to delay his honeymoon to go recruit a player from Cincinnati named Louis Orr. Together with a big man from Rochester named Roosevelt Bouie, Orr would pave the way for Syracuse Orange basketball to move from a regional program to the nationally known program that basketball fans see today.

"The Louie and Bouie Show" were members of Jim Boeheim's first recruiting class and their play dazzled crowds at Manley Field House for four years during which Syracuse compiled a record of 100-18 and appeared in four consecutive NCAA Tournaments. Syracuse lost only one home game during their career- the infamous "Manley Field House is Closed" game against Georgetown. During the first season of the Big East, Louie and Bouie led the Orange to the title game of the Big East Tournament, and both were named 1st-team All-Big East.

Bouie controlled the paint for SU and still ranks 2nd all-time in blocked shots. Both players eclipsed the 1,000 point plateau in a Syracuse uniform and still rank in the top 30 on the all-time scoring list. Roosevelt Bouie was selected in the 2nd round of the 1980 NBA Draft by the Dallas Mavericks, but chose to play professionally in Italy, where he had a long and successful career.

Orr was also selected in the 2nd round of the 1980 NBA Draft and went on to play 8 seasons with the Knicks and Pacers before heading into coaching. He returned to Syracuse as an assistant coach from 1996-2000 before moving on to head coaching positions at Siena, Seton Hall, and Bowling Green.

Since this is a big event in Syracuse, of course there is a t-shirt available for purchase to commemorate the event. The jersey retirement will take place during tomorrow's Syracuse-Pitt game at the Dome.

Here's an interview with Louie and Bouie from 2007 where they talk about their time together in Syracuse.