MBB: Boeheim downplays importance of records; SU snaps losing skid to Pitt

first_img Published on January 16, 2012 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ As quickly as the question was finished, Jim Boeheim brushed it aside.Sure, Monday’s win over Pittsburgh tied him with the legendary Adolph Rupp for fourth on the all-time wins list. Yes, Monday’s win gave Syracuse a 20-0 record for the first time in school history.But Boeheim doesn’t care. Not yet, anyway.‘No significance,’ Boeheim, the Syracuse head coach, said. ‘None whatsoever. The only thing I care about is this year. That’s it. What we’re doing this year.’But with the 71-63 win over Pittsburgh in the Carrier Dome, Boeheim earned win number 876 for his career. He now trails only Dean Smith, Bob Knight and Mike Krzyzewski. In doing so, the Orange set the program record for the best start ever with its 20th consecutive win.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThough Boeheim said the new school record meant nothing, forward C.J. Fair felt otherwise. He said it feels great for him and his teammates to be a part of the record book at SU.‘It means a lot,’ Fair said. ‘We set history here. We broke the record, and we’re just trying to stretch the thing as far as we can take it.’Pittsburgh head coach Jamie Dixon, whose team had lost six straight games entering Monday’s matchup with the Orange, said he and his players understood the talent that SU brings to the table.It’s a common message expressed by Syracuse’s opponents so far this season, but no one has been able to match it. And with Baylor’s loss to Kansas on Monday night, the Orange is one of only two remaining unbeaten teams in the country.‘Obviously they’re ranked where they are because of how good a team they are, how deep they are and how experienced they are,’ Dixon said. ‘A very good team.’SU finally beats PittThe Syracuse players had heard all about Pittsburgh’s dominance over the Orange heading into Monday’s game.The Panthers had won five straight against SU, eight of the last nine and 13 of the last 16. None of the players on this team had ever beaten Pitt. But now that talk can be put to rest.‘It feels good,’ senior Kris Joseph said. ‘I always wanted to beat Pitt. I didn’t get a chance to play them last year due to that head injury. It was a good thing for me to come out tonight and be able to beat them.’Although Pittsburgh has struggled to a 0-6 start in Big East play, many of the Syracuse players were quick to say that the Panthers’ record did not indicate how talented their team is. And the Panthers gave the Orange all it could handle Monday, nearly clawing back from an early 13-point deficit but falling just short.Even the younger players seemed to understand the significance of beating Pittsburgh.‘I’ve been hearing that coach hasn’t won in like five years,’ sophomore Dion Waiters said. ‘It was just good to get that monkey off coach’s back.’And while the win over Pitt was somewhat overshadowed by a record-setting night for Syracuse, it was that much sweeter because of the opponent.‘It’s great,’ senior Scoop Jardine said. ‘It’s great because it’s the best start in school history and also, it’s against Pittsburgh. That’s two great things for me right there.’[email protected]@syr.educenter_img Commentslast_img

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