clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Jim Boeheim Speaks About How Lucky Or Unlucky Syracuse Has Been In NCAA Tournament

New, 53 comments

Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim joined ESPN Radio's Mike and Mike in the Morning on Tuesday, and shared the Orange's lucky and unlucky moments in the NCAA Tournament.

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Syracuse Orange head coach Jim Boeheim joined ESPN Radio's Mike and Mike in the Morning on Tuesday, and as expected was asked the standard questions leading up to Thursday's Sweet 16 showdown with the East Region's No. 1-seeded Indiana Hoosiers.

Co-host Mike Greenberg and fill-in Colin Cowherd did, however, ask Boeheim an interesting question -- give us a lucky and unlucky moment you've had in the NCAA Tournament -- that led to an interesting answer from Mr. James Arthur.

"I think we were lucky the year we won the National Championship when we were 16 points down against Oklahoma State. We pressed and we got back in it and won. We could of lost in the second game that year. I think that is a little bit of luck.

"I think, unlucky: we played a really good Illinois team (in 1989) in Minnesota and we needed one bounce on a free throw and we would have gone to the Final Four. That's the year Seton Hall lost in the final game to Michigan (80-79 in overtime).

"We had beaten Seton Hall three times already that year. So, that was a disappointing time. But that was just a bounce of a basketball ball and Illinois got it and they won."

Boeheim also gave a small breakdown of Indiana, and what Syracuse needs to do to pull-off the upset.

"The problem with Indiana, for us, is they shoot it so well from the 3-point line," Boeheim said. "They have four guys that shoot 40-percent, and I don't know if any team does that in the country -- has that many guys that can shoot that from the 3. And (Cody) Zeller is the best inside player, probably, in the country, offensively.

"Indiana is difficult, they're a difficult team to play. We can't stop them, we have to defend them as well as we can. But, for us to win we are going to have to play well on the offensive end of the court."

But going back to the lucky/unlucky question. Do you have any specific lucky and unlucky, NCAA Tournament moments?