Orange Watch: How well do you think you know Jim Boeheim’s tenure?

Item: With Jim Boeheim’s longevity and plenty of changes in Div. I conference ranks this season as games get underway Friday, we switch it up this week with 10 questions to test your knowledge of the Orange coach’s career and college hoops nationally.  No cheating online or looking at the answers below.

  1. How many of the 50 U.S. states has Jim Boeheim not coached a Syracuse game in his 38 year career?
    1. 26
    1. 21
    2. 16
    3. 11
  1.  Which of these programs is not in the reconfigured Western Athletic Conference (WAC) this season?
    1. Utah Valley
    2. Grand Canyon
    3. Chicago State
    4. Denver

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How well do you know Jim Boeheim?

  1. Other than fellow Hall of Famer Rick Pitino, and Bernie Fine, which of these SU assistant coaches was the third coach on Jim Boeheim’s first staff in 1976-77?
    1. Mark Cubit
    2. Rick Callahan
    3. Brendan Malone
    4. Mark Meadors
  1. Which program will be the only independent among the 315 Div. I schools this season?
    1. IPFW
    2. NJIT
    3. UMKC
    4. UTSA
  1.  How many different primary uniform combinations has SU worn in the Jim Boeheim era (1976-present)?
    1. 7
    2. 8
    3. 9
    4. 10
  1. Which conference does Dec. 20 ‘Cuse guest High Point play in?
    1. Big South
    2. Colonial
    3. Atlantic Sun
    4. Southern
  1. What team did SU first, and most recently, break 100 points in a game under Jim Boeheim?
    1. Colgate and Monmouth
    2. Cornell and DePaul
    3. Penn State and Colgate
    4. Duquesne and Maine
  1. Which of these campuses of the UMass system is also a Div. I basketball program along with the main campus (Amherst) Minutemen (a program Jim Boeheim is 0-4 against in his career)?
    1. Massachusetts-Boston
    2. Massachusetts-Dartmouth
    3. Massachusetts-Lowell
    4. Massachusetts-Worcester

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  1. What were the two years that Jim Boeheim last took his team on the road to face this year’s upstate opponents Colgate, and Cornell, respectively?
    1. 1976 and 1977
    2. 1977 and 1978
    3. 1978 and 1980
    4. 1977 and 1981
  1. Which one of these programs is not in Div. I?
    1. SIU-Edwardsville
    2. USC Upstate
    3. Metro State
    4. Texas A&M-CC

Answers: 1. 3) ME, NH, VT, DE, MS, IA, OK, KS, NE, SD, ND, MT, ID, WY, WA, and OR. 2. 4) Denver plays in the Summit Conference. 3. 4) Meadors was an Orangemen assistant coach from 1975-79.   4. 2) New Jersey Institute of Technology of Newark, N.J., the Highlanders were cast adrift when the Great West conference folded.  5. 3) Different uniform looks between: 1976-77, 77-81, 81-83, 83-94, 94-98, 98-01, 01-04, 04-07, 07-present.  6. 1) The Panthers, of High Point, N.C., are in the North Division of the 12 team league.  7. 1) Syracuse beat Colgate 109-63 in just Boeheim’s third game as coach in 1976, and defeated Monmouth 108-56 last season when the Hawks were coached on an interim basis by the aforementioned Rick Callahan.  8. 3) The River Hawks moved up to Div. I this past July 1, and are in the America East Conference.  9.  4) The Orange last played in Hamilton on Dec. 7, 1977, and Ithaca on Dec. 1, 1981.  10. 3) Metro State, of Denver, is the top ranked Div. II team in the latest poll.

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Now in his fifth decade of covering SU sports, Brad was sports director of WSYR radio for eight years into the early 1990s, then wrote the Orange Watch column for The Big Orange/The Juice print publication for 18 years. A Syracuse University graduate, Brad currently runs his own media consulting business in the Philadelphia suburbs. Follow him on Twitter @BradBierman.
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