After Syracuse’s dominating win over Marquette in the Elite 8, Jim Boeheim joked about how he goes to the Final Four once every decade. There was 1987, 1996, 2003 and now 2013. It’s an amazing testament to Boeheim’s longevity and ability to stay relevant and competitive for four decades. While these four peak years have spanned nearly 40, that he only has these four trips has been a source of frustration for SU fans over the years.
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A coach of Boeheim’s stature really should have more. Mike Krzyzewski has an incredible 12 trips. Tom Izzo had a period starting in the late 90’s where he went to 6 in a dozen years. With Orange teams good enough for 920+ wins, it’s a fair criticism to point out. However as Boeheim’s career winds down, it’s pretty clear his program is trending up. Consider:
You can make an a really solid argument that Syracuse is Fab Melo being suspended away from this back-to-back Final Fours. If you take it a st...