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Tyler Greenawalt | | March 31, 2016

Final Four: Everything you need to know about Syracuse

Road to the Final Four: Syracuse Orange

Syracuse will play North Carolina in the Final Four in Houston on Saturday at 8:49 p.m. ET after beating Virginia, 68-62, on Mar. 27 to win the Midwest region.

Here’s everything you need to know about Syracuse


Jim Boeheim, who has amassed a 888-346 record in 40 years at Syracuse.


ACC (joined in 2013)

2015-16 Record:

23-13 (9-9)


Name Position Class  Height PPG APG RPG
Michael Gbinije guard senior 6-foot-7 17.1 4.4 4.1
Malachi Richardson guard freshman 6-foot-6 13.3 2.1 4.3
Trevor Cooney guard senior 6-foot-4 12.7 2.4 2.5
Tyler Roberson forward junior 6-foot-8 9.0 1.4 8.4
DaJuan Coleman forward senior 6-foot-9 4.9 0.4 4.7

Biggest wins this season:

The Orange capped off a six-game winning streak to the start the season with victories over then-No.18 UConn and then-No. 25 Texas A&M. Syracuse also beat then-No. 20 Duke, 64-62, at Cameron Indoor on Jan. 18 and then-No. 25 Notre Dame in the Carrier Dome on Jan. 28.

Tournament path:

School Date Score
No. 7 Dayton Mar. 18, 2016 70-51
No. 15 Middle Tennessee State Mar. 20, 2016 75-70
No. 11 Gonzaga Mar. 25, 2016 63-60
No. 1 Virginia Mar. 27, 2016 68-62

History vs. opponent:

Syracuse and North Carolina have played each other 11 times, with the Tar Heels holding a 7-4 edge over the Orange. Syracuse lost twice to North Carolina this season in conference play, most recently on Feb. 29 in Chapel Hill. The Tar Heels beat the Orange, 75-70.

Final Four history:

Syracuse will play in its sixth Final Four, and second in the last four years. The Orange have a 3-2 record in the Final Four, with its last appearance in 2013 ending in a loss to Michigan.

Year Opponent Score W/L
1975 Kentucky 95-79 L
1987 Providence 77-63 W
1996 Mississippi State 77-69 W
2003* Texas 95-84 W
2013 Michigan 61-56 L

*Won the national championship

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Coach Jim Boeheim was the resident advisor for former NFL coach Tom Coughlin his senior year at Syracuse.

The original school colors of Syracuse were rose pink and pea green, but orange became the official color in 1890.

The Carrier Dome, where Syracuse plays its home games, can seat up to 35,446 people and has set the attendance record for a NCAA men's basketball on-campus game multiple times.

Syracuse is the ninth school to ever have both its men's and women's team appear in the last weekend of the basketball season.

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