Jim Boeheim and the Syracuse Orange have emerged from a pack of previously unbeatens and a season of unprecedented controversy to become the No. 1 team in the country.
Syracuse gained a near-unanimous vote at the top of the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll released Monday.
Coach Boeheim explains one of the advantages of youth:
It's a great thing about kids, that older people tend to get caught up or get unfocused, get caught up more in outside influences and can't separate them. Kids aren't like that. They focus on what they control and go forward. It's a good thing about being young.
It's finals week on the hill, so no action until Saturday: a road test at NC State.