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Jim Boeheim joins college basketball’s exclusive 900-wins fraternity

In his 37th season at Syracuse, Jim Boeheim now looks to overtake Bobby Knight (902 wins) on the list of all-time winningest coaches. Jim Boeheim is also chasing Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, who currently has 936 wins.

Syracuse fans show their support for coach Jim Boeheim, left, during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game between Syracuse and Detroit in Syracuse, N.Y., Monday, Dec. 17, 2012. Syracuse won 72-68 for Boeheim's 900th career victory.

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When Jim Boeheim enrolled at Syracuse University in 1962 and made the basketball team as a walk-on from nearby Lyons, N.Y., no one, including Boeheim, could have imagined that he would eventually coach the Orange to 900 wins.

He achieved that lofty milestone Monday night in the Carrier Dome, however, as the Syracuse held off Detroit, 72-68, before 17,902 fans in the Gotham Classic. Next up in this mini-holiday-style tournament is a Dec. 22 date with Temple in New York City’s Madison Square Garden.

With three more wins, Boeheim will pass Bob Knight as the Division I men’s coach with the second-most career wins. He then would only trail Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, who currently has 936 wins. Boeheim was on Krzyzewski ‘s US Olympic team coaching staff in 2008 and 2012.


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