Syracuse basketball has once again guaranteed a winning season. That’s 44(!!) seasons in a row without a loss.
Once again I will shout it into the internet where nobody will hear it:
THIS IS THE LONGEST ACTIVE STREAK, AND 2ND LONGEST IN RECORDED HISTORY.
Here is your annual proof: a screen shot taken from the NCAA record book, published before this season. (The “2013″ refers to the 2013-14 season.)
This year it took longer than expected, but also not as long. Normally the winning season is assured after the team’s 17th win, but with the recently announced postseason ban there will be only the 31 regular-season games, so 16 is enough. On the other hand, never in recent memory have we had to wait until mid-February for that clinching win. Still, with the team likely to be the underdog in almost all of their remaining games, I’m (abnormally? unreasonably?) happy that they got it done tonight when they had their best chance.
I don’t know what it will take for the SU Sports Information Department to start including this sports information in their press kits. Is there someone I can tweet at? Should I start a hashtag movement? How close do they have to get to UCLA’s record — that’s John Wooden UCLA — before someone besides me notices?