Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim can make history on Wednesday night and move into second place all-time in wins at the Division I level.
The Orange will play host to Rutgers as Boeheim looks to secure victory No. 903 in his illustrious coaching career. The game marks the first such conference game for both teams, as Syracuse takes their eighth ranked offense into January.
At 12-1 on the season, Syracuse has not missed a beat despite a number of losses from a squad that earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament a season ago. The team’s only slip-up on the season came back in December when Temple shocked the Orange at Madison Square Garden.
Since the defeat, Syracuse has picked up back-to-back victories, moving Boeheim up to 902 for his career and currently positioning him in a second place tie all-time with Bob Knight.
With a win on Wednesday, the only name above Boeheim on the list will be that of Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski. Both Boeheim and Coach K formed part of the United States’ Olympic staff this past summer in London.
The league opener against Rutgers on Friday could make for a special night for Boeheim and Syracuse, as sophomore guard Michael Carter-Williams, who is averaging 10.2 assists per game, looks to help lead the way.
Syracuse is one of five Big East schools who have suffered only one loss thus far heading into league play. Rutgers however, enters the game on a five-game winning streak of their own and a mark of 9-2 overall.
Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00pm EST.
Paul Seaver is the College Basketball Network Manager at Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter: @PaulSeaverRS