The Syracuse Orangemen have only won one March Madness championship in school history. That came back in 2003 when one of the best players in program history graced the floor for the team.
Carmelo Anthony was an absolute star during his time at Syracuse. He played just one season with Jim Boeheim's squad, and he impressed in doing so.
Anthony averaged a double-double (22.2 points, 10 rebounds) for Syracuse while playing 36.4 minutes per game out of a possible 40. He was originally going to stay in school for a couple of years at least, but ended up being a one-and-done after the championship.
Since then, Syracuse hasn't won another NCAA Tournament title. But in 2021, they are still alive and playing for a shot at it.
Syracuse is getting ready to battle Houston in the Sweet 16. The Cougars were the only top-four seed to advance to the Final Four in the busted Midwest bracket that also features Loyola Chicago and Oregon State.
Beating Houston won't be easy for Syracuse, but they know that they have a lot of support heading into the game, including Anthony's.
During the Portland Trail Blazers' game against the Miami Heat last night, Anthony wore some orange shoes with the No. 15 on them, the number he wore during his time at Syracuse and throughout various stops during his NBA career. Here's a look at them, via Anthony's Instagram.
Those are pretty sharp, and Syracuse appreciated that he was supporting them, so they took some time to comment on his post.
We'll see if Anthony continues to wear them on Friday night when the Trail Blazers take on the Orlando Magic. Either way, it was a nice gesture for him to support his alma mater before one of their biggest games in recent program history.