‘Will to Win’: Syracuse Basketball’s Unlikely Rise from Underdogs to 2003 NCAA Champions

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“Will to Win: Syracuse Basketball’s Unlikely Rise from Underdogs to National Champs” is a groundbreaking syracuse.com documentary featuring never-before-seen, behind-the-scenes accounts from every scholarship player and coach of the 2003 NCAA championship team, including Carmelo Anthony, Gerry McNamara and Jim Boeheim.

The film is packed with fresh and revealing interviews from the players and coaches involved in the most unforgettable period in SU basketball history – one that united an entire community. The documentary, presented OneGroup, marks the 20th anniversary of the group that rose from being unranked in the preseason to claim the program’s first national championship during the 2003 NCAA Tournament.

Besides Melo, G-Mac and Boeheim, the film features Kueth Duany, Hakim Warrick, Mike Hopkins, Troy Weaver and the rest of the 2003 team Tyrone Albright, Josh Brooks, Billy Edelin, Craig Forth, Matt Gorman, Gary Hall, Andrew Kouwe, Jeremy McNeil and Josh Pace.

Syracuse.com Hall of Fame reporter Mike Waters also interviewed Juli Boeheim, former Kansas coach Roy Williams and former associate coach Bernie Fine as he traveled coast-to-coast to document this unforgettable season.

Follow all of our coverage around the 2003 national championship season:
https://www.syracuse.com/will-to-win/

*Film contains language that may be offensive to some viewers*

Produced and directed by
CHRISTA LEMCZAK

Executive Producer
LAUREN LONG

Written by
NATE MINK, MIKE WATERS

Edited by
JOHN LAMMERS, TRISH LaMONTE, LAUREN LONG

Director of Photography
N. SCOTT TRIMBLE

Motion Graphics
CHRISTA LEMCZAK

Music
SUBCAT STUDIOS, SHANE PATTERSON, TONY VADALA
CHRISTA LEMCZAK, EPIDEMIC SOUND

Audio post-production
STEVEN VAUGHN KRAY

Reporting
DONNA DITOTA, MIKE WATERS

Syracuse.com photo archives/animation
STEPHEN D. CANNERELLI, RILEY CLARKE, JOHNATHAN CROYLE, DENNIS NETT

Archival photos/footage provided by
TYRONE ALBRIGHT
THE BOEHEIM FAMILY
JORDAN BRINGERT
JANISE DUNCAN
GARY HALL
ANDREW KOUWE
TIM MCNAMARA
ROB STRONACH
QUEEN WARRICK

CAPITOL HOOPS
CITRUSTV
GEORGIA TECH ATHLETICS
GETTY IMAGES
STEVE BYRD STUDIO
SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY
SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
TRIBUNE NEWS SERVICE
UNC ATHLETICS
WESTERN NEW MEXICO UNIVERSITY
WNEP-TV

Archival Footage Services
CATAPULT SPORTS INC.
ESPN ENTERPRISES, INC.
NCAA/VERITONE

Supported by
UPSTATE NURSING
HOWARD HANNA REAL ESTATE SERVICES
CHINA TOWNE FURNITURE AND MATTRESS
HOFMANN SAUSAGE CO.
LANDMARK THEATRE
VISUAL TECHNOLOGIES

Special thanks
GABE JOHNSON
MOST HOLY ROSARY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
THE WILDCAT SPORTS PUB
YMCA DOWNTOWN SYRACUSE

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