In dispatching St. John’s tonight, the Syracuse University men’s basketball program recorded its 1800th win all-time. But you know that, because it was on TV and will probably be in the paper and all that. But what you may have not realized is that, by winning their 17th game of the season, SU has assured itself of a winning record. With 14 games remaining, plus at most one loss in the BET and one in any postseason tournament for which they may qualify, they can at most end up with 16 losses.
That means that they have extended The Streak Nobody Talks About:
This screengrab is from the 2010 NCAA record book, published before last season. (I couldn’t find this year’s record book online.) So last year was their 40th consecutive winning year, and this year now becomes the 41st.
Keep on keepin’ on, gentlemen.
UPDATE: Thanks to - believe it or not - the Wikipedia page for UNC men’s basketball, I have discovered that SU’s current streak is not merely the longest active streak, but it is in fact the 2nd-longest streak in history, behind UCLA. (UNC had a 37-year streak which was snapped in the Matt Doherty era.) A lot still has to happen for SU to catch the Bruins; check back here for more updates in 2024.