11 crazy stats about Syracuse's shocking Final Four bid

The Orange are the fourth team in the 64-team era to make the Final Four as a double-digit seed.


Syracuse celebrates its win over Virginia on Sunday.

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Syracuse made its fourth Final Four under Jim Boeheim on Sunday with a 68-62 comeback win over No. 1 seed Virginia. In doing so, the Orange made some impressive history. Here are 11 stats to know about the most unlikely run of the 2016 NCAA tournament.

1. Syracuse is the fourth double-digit seed in NCAA history to make the Final Four. The others: LSU (1986), George Mason (2006) and VCU (2011). 

2. None of those seeds made the title game.


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3. No team has ever made the Final Four with more losses than Syracuse's 13. In 2000, both UNC and Wisconsin made it with the same number.

4. 'Cuse has more losses than the other teams in the other Final Four game, combined (13 to 12, five for Villanova and seven for Oklahoma).

5. The Orange are the first No. 10 seed to make the Final Four. The teams had previously been 0-9 in regional finals. Those F4 teams mentioned above were all No. 11s.

Mar 27, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Syracuse Orange head coach Jim Boeheim waves to the crowd after cutting down the net after defeating the Virginia Cavaliers in the championship game of the midwest regional of the NCAA Tournament at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports
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6. There's never been an NCAA champion who lost the first round of their conference tournament, as Syracuse did when the Orange fell 72-71 to Pittsburgh in their ACC opener. Every other Final Four team was victorious in its first conference tourney game.

7. Syracuse was 300/1 to win the tournament before games tipped. 

8. Virginia had been 68-0 under coach Tony Bennett when the Cavs had a double-digit halftime lead.


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9. If Notre Dame were to beat North Carolina, the Final Four game between the No. 6 Irish and No. 10 Orange would be the highest-seeded matchup in Final Four history.

10. In 19 of the 31 years of the 64-team bracket, the cumulative seeds or every single team in the Final Four has been No. 10 or less. For example, last year featured Nos. 1 Duke, Kentucky and Wisconsin and No. 7 Michigan State, for a total of 10. Syracuse matched that all by themselves.

11. Mighty Syracuse is 5-5 in its last 10 games. And yes, that includes the four wins the Orange have in the NCAA tournament.


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