Syracuse Basketball 1970-1979  
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Season Results
Team Record 213-69 0.755 1 Final Four
Post Season 7 NCAA, 2 NIT
Style
Syracuse forced the tempo and ran fast breaks as often as possible, with little half court sets. The teams relied upon two or three players for most of the scoring, with the other players playing important roles. Defensively the team alternated between 2-3 zone traps, and full court presses with dominant shot blockers in back. Some of the teams were very deep in their rotations (9-10 players), while others were very short with 6-7. The teams tended to have regular lineups.
   
Player of the Decade
Roosevelt Bouie, with recognition of Dennis DuVal, Rudy Hackett and Louis Orr. Bouie was an outstanding defensive player and rebounder, and provided his share of offense on some great teams, raising the program to another level.
Best Individual Season
Rudy Hackett 1974-75. All Hackett did was lead a under talented team to the NCAA Final Four averaging 22.2 ppg, 12.7 rebounds, and 3.1 assists. Greg Kohls in 1971-72 put on a tremendous shooting display for the season, averaging 26.7 ppg for a 22-6 NIT team.
   
Best Team
1978-79. The Bouie 'N Louie show went 26-4, had balanced scoring, tremendous rebounding, depth at guard, and experience. An upset loss in the NCAA diminished their season, but still a great one. Ironically, the 1974-75 team, with its Final Four appearence isn't the best team... it was a solid team that got very hot in the postseason, but there were 3 or 4 other teams in the decade that were probably better.
   
Top Scorer Dennis DuVal 1,504 points
Top Rebounder Rudy Hackett 990 rebounds
Top Assists Dale Shackleford 358 assists
Coaches (2) Roy Danforth 7 years 139-55 .716
  Jim Boeheim 3 years 74-14 0.841
All Decade Team  
Guard
Dennis DuVal
Guard
Greg Kohls
Forward
Louis Orr
Forward
Rudy Hackett
Center
Roosevelt Bouie
Honorable Mentions Mike Lee, Jimmy Lee, Dale Shackleford, Marty Byrnes
   
Best Shooter
Greg Kohls. Kohls had outstanding range and the green light to shoot at all times. Jimmy Lee was a great shooter too, with a knack for making the clutch shot.
Fan Favorite Jimmy Lee
Most Exciting Player Dennis DuVal
Best Defensive Player: Roosevelt Bouie. Outstanding shot blocker and rebounder. Jimmy Williams was an outstanding defender at the guard position.

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