John Thompson III Is Among Coach Elite
However, it was more than just a win.
The victory meant that the Hoyas won in the Carrier Dome for the last time against the ‘Cuse as Big East rivals. The victory also meant that the Hoyas, coupled with the Marquette Golden Eagles loss to the Villanova Wildcats, are in sole possession of first place in the conference.
More importantly, the win meant that Thompson III has solidified his position as one of the very best coaches in the nation as he outwitted Syracuse Head Coach, Jim Boeheim, a 900+ game winner and Naismith Hall of Fame inductee.
Thompson III used a 2-3 zone of his own to slow the pace of the game down and limit possessions for the athletic Syracuse roster.
Offensively, the Hoyas were the epitome of patience, going deep into the shot clock on more than half of their possessions and forcing the Orangemen to do so for over a minute on multiple occasions when the Hoyas grabbed an offensive rebound.
The Hoyas made shots and once they were up by 8 points late in the game, it made the lead insurmountable.
The win also cements in the minds of Hoya fans and Big East fans that Thompson III was able to go into Syracuse under tremendous odds and finish with a win. A win that special is reminiscent of a feat his father, John Thompson, would have pulled off during the height of the Big East.
With this win behind Thompson III and the Hoyas more confident than ever, the team knows that they have an elite coach on their sidelines who can help them win out to earn the Big East regular season title and perhaps even the Big East Tournament Championship.
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