Originally written on Orange Hoops  |  Last updated 11/14/14
Syracuse is starting the 2011-2012 season ranked #5.  The Orange have a reputation of often underachievingwhen highly rated, and overachieving when lowly ranked or unranked.   However, starting the year at #5 is a rarityfor the Orange, something accomplished only three times before.  There are some strong similarities betweenthose three seasons, as we will see. In the fall of 1985, the Orange were ranked #4 to start theseason. This was Pearl Washington’s junior season, and the underrated RafaelAddison was getting recognition as he entered his senior year.  Senior Wendell Alexis was finally getting astarting job, as was Howard Triche, and Rony Seikaly was moving into his sophomoreyear.  The Pearl played as well as couldbe expected, but an injury to Addison’s knee hampered the second half of hisyear.  Rony Seikaly improved, but not asmuch as hoped.  The Orangemen would go26-6 over the season including 14-2 in the Big East, winning the Big EastRegular season championship.  They would...
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