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2003 Men's Basketball NCAA Championship Collection

An inventory of its collection at the Syracuse University Archives

Finding aid created by: Jen Bort
Date: 2016

Historical Note

Photograph of 2003 Men's Basketball NCAA Championship Team

On April 7, 2003, the Syracuse University men's basketball team won the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Men's Basketball Championship. They defeated the Kansas Jayhawks 81-78 at the Superdome in New Orleans. The Syracuse Orangemen (as they were still known at the time) began the season unranked, making their victory even more momentous.

Coach Jim Boeheim was instrumental in guiding the team to the championship. Winning the championship title held special meaning for him since in 1987 at the same location -- the Louisiana Superdome -- Syracuse lost the NCAA title game to the Indiana Hoosiers in the last four seconds, 74-73. The 2003 win helped avenge that loss and became a defining moment in Syracuse sports history.

After the 2003 championship win, first-year player Carmelo Anthony was named Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Tournament. He joined the National Basketball Association (NBA) after that season.

Honors awarded to the team for their achievement included a parade through the city of Syracuse, keys to the city, congratulatory resolutions from the State of New York and a White House reception.

Scope and Content Note

The 2003 Men's Basketball NCAA Championship Collection is divided into two series.

The Memorabilia series includes banners, buttons, t-shirts and other souvenirs from and relating to the 2003 Men's Basketball NCAA Championship, displaying NCAA championship and SU team logos.

The Printed materials series includes Sports Illustrated, Sporting News and Syracuse University magazines; The Post-Standard, Daily Orange, Syracuse Record and Orange Exclusive newspapers; statistics; programs and more relating to the 2003 Men's Basketball NCAA Championship.


Access Restrictions:

Please note that the collection is housed off-site, and advance notice is required to allow time to have the materials brought to the Reading Room on campus.

Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from the Syracuse University Archives and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Related Material

The University Archives holds a clipping file related to the 2003 Men's Basketball National Championship as well as photograph files and clipping files related to the Syracuse University men's basketball team.

Selected Search Terms


Anthony, Carmelo, 1984-
Boeheim, Jim.
Syracuse University -- History.
Syracuse University.


Basketball players.
NCAA Basketball Tournament.
Higher education.

Types of Material

Printed materials (object genre)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

2003 Men's Basketball NCAA Championship Collection,
University Archives,
Special Collections Research Center
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

The University Archives obtained items in this collection from various sources such as the University Office of Government Relations.

Processing Information

Materials were placed in acid-free housing.

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Printed material