Jim Boeheim talks about the Orange being No. 1

Thu, Mar 4

So far so good for college basketball's latest No. 1 team, the Syracuse Orange. Jim Boeheim's squad leapfrogged to the top of the rankings after dismantling Villanova on Saturday, and then knocked off St. John's at home on Tuesday.

Jim Boeheim
G Fiume/Getty ImagesBoeheim is very pleased with his team's position right now.

Of course, Kansas and Kentucky stumbling last weekend paved the way for the Cuse's ascension to the top of the rankings. Regardless, the bottom line is that Syracuse is playing its best basketball at the right time of the year.

Can the Orange avoid the pitfalls that plagued previous top-ranked teams like Texas this weekend, when Syracuse travels to Freedom Hall to take on Louisville? The Cardinals are desperate for another signature win -- and they are the last team to beat Syracuse, in the Carrier Dome in mid-February.

Boeheim joined Michael Kay on 1050 ESPN Radio New York to talk about how excited he is for his players and the fans, how he's not concerned about his team losing its edge mentally now that they're No. 1, how the atmosphere at the Carrier Dome last weekend against Villanova was one of the top atmospheres ever in that building, and what his feelings are about the upcoming Big East tournament.

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