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Boeheim Hits 900 Wins With Eye on More

Rich Barnes/USA Today Sports

A year before Jim Boeheim officially became a championship coach, he was in charge of a Syracuse team scraping and clawing—and, of course, zoning—for a shot at an NCAA Tournament bid. It was early in the Big East season, and the Orange were stumbling through an early road game at Providence. No one was bumbling more obviously than the team’s best player, Preston Shumpert.

So Boeheim took him out and sent in freshman Josh Pace. The Orange needed to scramble back, so Boeheim dumped his standard 2-3 zone for some all-out fullcourt pressure. It worked. Syracuse recovered to take the lead. And then, because it was his team, the coach did something that astonished assistants Mike Hopkins and Troy Weaver: He sent Shumpert back in the game.

Shumpert scored five...

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