Orange Watch: Syracuse basketball will never lose to Indiana again

Of course we know nothing compares to losing a NCAA Championship game, but there’s something we find uniquely poetic about the fact that since the Orange lost late to Bob Knight and his ’87 Indiana team in New Orleans, Jim Boeheim has not only gone 5-0 against the storied Hoosiers in the subsequent meetings, but three of the five were one-sided Orange domination.

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Syracuse hasn’t lost to Indiana since ’87

The 102-78 rout of IU in Nov. 1988 at Madison Square Garden is famous for the Sherman Douglas hike pass to Stevie Thompson, while SU squeaked by 77-74 at Maui in ’90, and won by 13 In Lahaina in ’98.

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Add last spring’s NCAA Sweet 16 blitz in D.C. with an overwhelming defensive effort that had the Hoosiers spending much of the second half with a point total stuck in the thirties (61-50 final), plus Tuesday night’s nearly 13 minute second half stretch between Indiana field goals at the Dome in a similar 69-52 victory, and it goes a long way to soften the most stinging loss in the Boeheim era.

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Brad Bierman

About Brad Bierman

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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