|1992-1993 Syracuse Orangemen|
|Overall||20-9||Banned from post season activity||Schedule Results|
Coach: Jim Boeheim
It was dark days for Syracuse as the program was awaiting the decision of the NCAA for the violations the basketball program had incurred. After the extensive investigation, the NCAA ruled that Syracuse could not play in the NCAA or NIT Tournament for the 1992-1993 season, however, they could play in the Big East Tournament if the conference so wished. The Big East, in turn, decided the Orangemen would be invited to the conference post season tournament.
With no post season a possibility, the Orangemen played the season with one goal: to win the Big East Championship. The team would have a veteran backcourt with junior Adrian Autry and the scrappy senior Mike Hopkins. Syracuse had a two headed veteran center combo with Dave Siock and Conrad McRae. But it was the presence of two underclassmen that would make the most difference; Lawrence Moten would continue where he had left off his freshman season, and freshman John Wallace would join the team and provide some sorely needed rebounding. Syracuse would have twelve scholarship players, and Jim Boeheim would not play a walk-on the entire season.
The Orangemen would start the season off 8-0, against an admittedly easy schedule. McRae lost his starting position by being suspended for one game for playing in an illegal league over the summer, and then coming off the bench for several more. Not that it made much difference, as Siock would only play about 8 - 10 minutes a game before McRae came in.
The team would struggle when Big East action began, losing their first three games, and five of the first seven. The guards were hesitant to shoot, and Moten was struggling to get his shot off. The team would turn things around with a big game in Pittsburgh on January 27th. Autry would have a huge night scoring 31 points with 10 assists. The Orangemen would go 8-3 down the stretch, and get poised for the Big East tournament.
In a tip of the hat to the seniors who had hung with the program during the investigation, Boeheim started former starter, and now seldom used guard Michael Edwards at point guard in the last home game. Edwards would play well, and Hopkins would have a career high 20 points as Syracuse beat Pittsburgh at home.
Syracuse would beat beat for the third time of the season in the first round of the Big East Tournament. In the second round, Moten had a big game with 26 points, as the Orangemen beat the Redmen of St. John's. The team was on the brink of getting it's season goal, with only the Seton Hall Pirates to beat in the finals. Unfortunately, the Orangemen were totally out manned in that game by a very hot Pirate team, as the season ended with a 103-70 loss.
The Orangemen had earned an impressive 20-9 season, but no post season would await for them.
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