Syracuse Orange

Syracuse Orange has been deemed one of the top schools in the country for its basketball and football programs, according to a new report.

Syracuse University has performed at an extremely high level on the basketball court and on the football field when compared to its peers across the country, per an article by Daniel Wilco of NCAA.com released earlier this week.

The piece, as its methodology, listed the top-16 universities with the highest historical overall winning percentage in both sports to determine, on a simplistic scale, which hoops and football units have experienced the most-prolonged success. The story doesn’t take into account championships, quality of opponents, or victory margins.

Somewhat surprisingly, at least to me, our beloved ‘Cuse placed in a tie for ninth, with a pair of Southeastern Conference members, Arkansas and Tennessee. That’s pretty darn cool for SU if you ask me.

Notre Dame, which suits up in the Atlantic Coast Conference for basketball, but remains independent in football, is slotted No. 1. Also of note is that Washington, whose hoops outfit is currently led by former long-time Orange assistant Mike Hopkins, is No. 15.

Syracuse, in basketball, has a success rate of .678 (1884-894), which is seventh nationally, says NCAA.com. Football, meanwhile, is 47th, with a winning percentage of .568 (719-540-49), according to the article.

SU, from my perspective, has a passionate, yet often critical, fan base. In recent years, ‘Cuse hoops has struggled a bit in its regular seasons, however, the group did make Final Fours in 2013 and 2016, as well as the Sweet 16 in 2018.

By extension, Orange football had endured a long span of relative mediocrity, but now SU is clearly on an upward trajectory, having wrapped up the last term at 10-3 and ranked No. 15 in the final AP top-25 poll. Additionally, in the pre-season USA Today top-25 poll was recently unveiled, the ‘Cuse is No. 22.

What I’m getting at here is that things on the Hill, as it pertains to basketball and football, aren’t so bad. I’m proud of how my alma mater has fared, historically speaking.

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Here’s the full NCAA.com list, and a big congrats to the Orange!

1. Notre Dame
2. Texas
3. UCLA
T4. Alabama
T4. Western Kentucky
6. Ohio State
7. Utah
8. Oklahoma
T9. Arkansas
T9. Syracuse
T9. Tennessee
12. West Virginia
13. Arizona
14. Michigan State
15. Washington
16. BYU