To Syracuse's Jim Boeheim, 900 is just another win

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He has been the coach at Syracuse now for 37 years.

That is longer than Mike Krzyzewski has been at Duke (33), longer than Bob Knight was at Indiana (29) or Dean Smith was at North Carolina (36). Jim Boeheim also played for the Orange for four years and was an assistant coach at Syracuse for another seven. He is associated with his program as much as any coach in college sports history and -- with his team at 10-0 and ranked third in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll -- is still going strong.

Boeheim earned career win No.?900 on Monday night with a 72-68 victory over Detroit. Only Krzyzewski and Knight have more. But Boeheim has made a career of being droll and predictable -- a trait that keeps his profile lower than those other legends.

"To me, it's just a number," Boeheim told reporters after the milestone victory. "If I get 900, have I got to get more? That's why maybe it's just not that important to me, because to me it's just a number, and the only number that matters is how this team does."

bmcnally@washingtonexaminer.com

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