Team preview: Syracuse

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(Information in this team report is as of October 1.)

No matter how bad it gets -- and a first-round NCAA Tournament loss to Vermont is pretty bad -- Jim Boeheim doesn't have to worry about returning to the Old Days. You remember them, when his teams would win 20 games a year and he would still be ripped for not winning enough, or not grabbing an NCAA championship. Things started to change some in 1996, when he led John Wallace and an underdog team to the NCAA final. He achieved full-fledged genius status in 2003, when the Orange won its first-ever national championship, thanks to Carmelo Anthony, and Hakim Warrick's long reach at the buzzer.