Beyond Keith Smart

The Orange and the Hoosiers have done more than simply face off in the nation's title game. Take a look back at each footprint made by these two institutions against one another as they head into their next bout =, happening in the Sweet 16.

The Syracuse Orange and the Indiana Hoosiers have met four times in their long-storied history, with most remembering the initial face-off.

Syracuse was ahead of Indiana by one point, 73-72, with moments to go.

Then came Keith Smart with a look at the basket from the corner, and there went the lead for the Orange, and the championship.

Looking ahead to 2003, it seems only fitting that Syracuse alum Hakim Warrick blocked Kansas' late attempt that happened to be from the corner, en route to the first championship for the Orange in the NCAA Tournament.

In between that time, the Orange and the Hoosiers took the court against one another on three separate occasions.

Almost two years since Smart's dagger, Syracuse defeated Indiana handily, 102-78, on November 23, 1988. Stephen Thompson led all Orange with 23 points while Sherman Douglas recorded 14 assists on a team that also included a young Billy Owens, Derrick Coleman, and Matt Roe, among others.

Two years later, on November 25, 1990, the Orange defeated the Hoosiers once again, 77-74. In his second match with the Hoosiers, Owens scored 28 points and grabbed 13 rebounds on a roster featuring Dave Johnson, who faced Indiana in1988 as well, Conrad McRae, LeRon Ellis, and current Syracuse assistant coach Adrian Autry.

The third match since the 1987 championship came exactly eight years later on November 25, 1998, with Syracuse winning for a third-straight time, 76-63. Preston Shumpert topped all Orange with 19 points in the win, sharing the triumph with future NBA athletes Etan Thomas, Jason Hart, and Damone Brown.

Jim Boeheim was the sideline general for Syracuse in all four of these contests.

In the time that Boeheim has been the head coach of Syracuse University's men's basketball team, Indiana University has had five separate coaches lead their men's program.

Bobby Knight was already in place when Boeheim began his head coaching career at Syracuse in the 1976-77 season. A decade later, he was on the sideline when Smart and the Hoosiers helped him to his third national championship.

Knight would also endure the three non-conference regular season losses to the Orange that followed, but a regular season defeat could not take away his ring.

Though Boeheim and Syracuse have some work to do to catch up with Knight's three championships at Indiana, Boeheim did surpass Knight's all-time career wins, advancing to second-place with over 900 victories, behind only Mike Krzyzewski, the head coach of the Duke Blue Devils.

Boeheim did not face Mike Davis, Kelvin Sampson, or Dan Dakich in their time at Indiana, and will go head-to-head with current Hoosiers' head coach Tom Crean for the first time in a Syracuse-Indiana contest.

Four matches between the schools leading into the upcoming match, all on neutral court, and the Orange have won the last three, going 3-1 overall.

But that first loss cost the most for Syracuse, and now they have given themselves an opportunity to prevent the Hoosiers from taking their championship opportunity from them once again.

How sweet it would be for the Orange, a team ripening at the most opportune time.

How bitter a taste if the Orange are bitten once again by the Hoosiers.

A new line in history will be drawn or history will seem repetitious.

Only Syracuse and Indiana can decide which will hold true. As has been said before, that is why they play the game.


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