2013 NCAA Tournament: Detroit Mayor Rooting Against Michigan Wolverines

By Chris Katje
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The Mayor of Detroit will be in Atlanta for the Final Four of the 2013 NCAA Tournament. However, he won’t be rooting for the Michigan Wolverines. Dave Bing will be cheering for the Syracuse Orange.

For anyone familiar with Bing, they would expect nothing less. Bing summed it up for a reporter when he said, “Who else would I root for?” Bing attended Syracuse University, where he played basketball and became one of the team’s most prolific scorers.

Bing played three years on Syracuse’s varsity team, due to the old rule of freshmen not being allowed to play on varsity. Bing led the team in scoring each of his three seasons on varsity. Bing’s scoring increased from 22.2 his sophomore year to 23.2 in his junior season. In his senior season, Bing averaged 28.4 points per game and ranked fifth in the NCAA in scoring.

During his senior year, Bing helped lead Syracuse to the Elite 8. After an All-American senior season, Bing was selected second overall in the 1966 NBA Draft. Bing had his number retired by Syracuse and ended his collegiate career as the school’s all time scoring leader. His mark would stand for two decades before it was passed.

In the NBA, Bing had an extensive career that lasted 12 years. Bing finished his career with his number retired by the Detroit Pistons and a place in the Basketball Hall of Fame. Bing currently ranks 62nd on the NBA all time scoring list with 18,327 points.

Another reason for Bing to root for Syracuse is his friendship with head coach Jim Boeheim. The two played together at Syracuse and were at one point rooommates. Bing will take some heat from Michigan fans, but is in the right to cheer for his alma mater.

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