Syracuse, NY, United States (4E Sports) – After staying in the second spot for eight weeks, Syracuse is expected to become the nation’s No. 1 basketball team after Arizona’s shocking defeat to California Saturday.
The Jim Boeheim-coached Syracuse remained unbeaten with a 21-0 record after edging No. 17 Duke Saturday in overtime at the Carrier Dome.
The win broke the record for Syracuse’s best start to a season. The previous record was set in the 2011-12 when the Orange won its first 20 games.
That marked the last time that Syracuse was ranked No. 1 in the country. The Orange was ranked No. 1 for six straight weeks before losing at Notre Dame.
Coincidentally, Syracuse’s next game will be against Notre Dame (12-10 overall, 3-6 in the ACC) Monday night at the Carrier Dome.
Syracuse is one of just two remaining unbeaten teams in the NCAA’s Division I. Wichita State, which improved to 23-0 with its 81-67 win over Evansville on Saturday.
Arizona (21-1) lost to Cal, 60-58, when Bears guard Justin Cobbs hit a jumper with 0.9 seconds left in the game.