19th Anniversary: ​​Syracuse Basketball National Championship

Nineteen years have passed since Syracuse settled on top of the college basketball world as the 2003 National Champions. The Orange topped Kansas 81-78 in New Orleans for the program’s first NCAA Tournament title. Nineteen years later in the day. Nineteen years since Carmelo’s memorable performance, McNamara’s shower of threes, Duany’s dance, Pace’s runners and Warrick’s block. Since Jim Boeheim finally got his much deserved title after two previous close calls.

ROD BEFORE THE STORM

Carmelo Anthony has told the story several times. He could not sleep the night before the match. He was too eager to give Boeheim and the city of Syracuse their first title. What both had cravings for so long. Fellow freshman sensation Gerry McNamara said the team did not specifically talk about delivering the first title to their coach, but it was something everyone understood.

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