Forget for a moment how much more insufferable Connecticut fans will be if they win a third championship tomorrow night. There’s also this: Jim Boeheim had finally put a little bit of space between himself and Jim “Atmosphere of Non-compliance” Calhoun on the all-time wins list. Thanks in large part to UConn’s deservedly terrible season last year, good Jim began this season with six more wins than bad Jim (829 to 823*). And the gap grew to a full ten wins by the end regular season, as Syracuse entered the BET with 25 wins on the year, compared to UConn’s 21. But SU only managed two post-season victories, while the Fighting Kembas have run off 10 straight to this point, with perhaps one more to go. So no matter what happens in tomorrow night’s game, SU will have some work to do next year to maintain Boeheim’s rightful position ahead of Calhoun.
* - I don’t know if this total includes Connecticut’s two NCAA Tournament wins in 1996 that were later vacated due to players receiving improper benefits.