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Syracuse suffers fifth non-conference loss for first time in school history

SU is breaking records, but for all the wrong reasons.

NCAA Basketball: St. John at Syracuse
Forward Tyler Lydon grabs a rebound in Syracuse’s 33-point loss to St. John’s on Wednesday.
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Before this season started, we all talked about the possibilities from this loaded roster.

Some of us said the Orange would get back to the Final Four, some said they’d be undefeated after non-conference play and some said Jim Boeheim built this team to make a run in March. A run that he deserves after the NCAA came after him so harshly.

We’re 12 games into the season and Syracuse is setting records. That would’ve sounded normal before the season with how much potential this team has, right? Well, they’re setting records for all the wrong reasons.

Syracuse (7-5) suffered its fifth non-conference loss of the season, which is the first time in school history that’s happened. In fact, dating back to the 1979-80 season, the Orange had only suffered four non-conference losses just twice.

NCAA Basketball: St. John at Syracuse
St. John’s head coach Chris Mullin reacts to a call against Syracuse during the second half off the Red Storm’s 93-60 victory.
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The 1981-82 team and the 2014-15 team went 8-4 and 9-4, respectively. The Orange failed to make the NCAA Tournament in each season. However, the 2014-15 season was due to a self-imposed postseason ban due to NCAA violations. They likely wouldn’t have gotten in anyways.

After its pitiful performance against St. John’s last night, Jim Boeheim took 100 percent of the blame. The Orange lost by 33 points to a then 5-7 Johnnies squad whose best win was against Binghamton.

Then again, maybe their best win is still against Binghamton.

The Orange has some much-needed time off before hosting Cornell on Dec. 27. Conference play starts less than a week after that when SU travels to Boston College on Jan. 1.