Syracuse's Jim Boeheim Following Loss to Pittsburgh: "They're the Best Team We've Played"

By Paul Seaver
Howard Smith-USA Today Sports

Well, Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim had some choice words for Pittsburgh following the Panthers’ 65-55 upset victory over the sixth-ranked Orange on Saturday.

Don’t worry Panther fans, his choice words might just be the best compliment that they receive from an opposing coach all season.

After the loss, Boeheim had this to say regarding the Panthers’ potential, “They’re the best team we’ve played, without any question. It’s not even close.”

Well, there it is. That’s the type of respect Boeheim has for the Panthers. A productive, ten-man rotation had Pittsburgh rolling on Saturday afternoon. Keyed by a great defensive effort and a 31-3 advantage off the bench, the Panthers were able to control the Syracuse 2-3 zone and pick up the signature victory that they had been hoping for.

“This team is unique,” Pittsburgh head coach Jamie Dixon added on his team’s behalf. “I think the strength is in playing 10 guys. That’s not normal but that’s what works for us.”

The credit that Boeheim gave the Panthers is remarkable, especially considering the schedule and opponents that the Orange have already faced this season. The Orange have now dropped back-to-back games, but do return home to the Carrier Dome next week for a pair of home contests.

At 18-3 overall, there is no reason to panic for Syracuse, especially considering their back-to-back losses are just two of their three total defeats on the year.

Syracuse will now look to get back to playing their game at home this week and get back on track in their pursuit of a conference championship.


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