It has never happened in Jim Boeheim's illustrious 40-plus year career as a head coach. Not even once. The longtime Syracuse coach has never had a season where his team did not finish with a winning record.
Let that sink in for a second. In over 40 season, Boeheim has had a winning record in each and every one of them. That is quite astonishing and one of the Hall of Famer's biggest accomplishments. During that time Syracuse has won 10 regular season conference championships, 5 conference tournament titles, made five Final Fours and won the 2003 National Championship.
Yet, 14 games in to the 2016-17 campaign, that record is in serious jeopardy. They currently sit at 8-6 on the year with 17 games left to play.
The worst year of the Jim Boeheim era at Syracuse came in sixth season. It was the 1981-82 season, where the Orange finished 16-13.
In order to avoid finishing .500 or worse, Syracuse must go 9-8 the rest of the way. That would put Syracuse at 17-14 in the regular season. Even with a first game loss in the ACC Tournament and opening round loss in the NIT, the Orange would still finish 17-16 to preserve Boeheim's record.
A 7-10 or 8-9 finish to the season would mean postseason wins would be necessary.
But, after a blowout loss at Boston College, a team that had not won a conference game in nearly two years. In fact, every team from a major conference that Syracuse has faced thus far this season has beaten the Orange. Not necessarily making things look positive for the rest of the schedule.
Regardless, even if making the NCAA Tournament is off the table at this point, there is still plenty to play for. Even if it is just keeping Boeheim's record in tact.
Syracuse returns to the court against Miami on Wednesday, January 4th at 7pm inside the Carrier Dome.