Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim watches during practice ahead of a first-round men's college basketball game in the NCAA tournament, Thursday, March 17, 2016, in St. Louis. Syracuse plays Dayton on Friday. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Before there was Michigan State, there was Syracuse.

Orange coach Jim Boeheim can sympathize with counterpart Tom Izzo after the second-seeded Spartans were upset by Middle Tennessee State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday. 

In 1991, Boeheim's second-seeded Orange lost to No. 15 seed Richmond in a first-round game.

Syracuse Orangemen's LeRon Ellis (25) and Richmond's Kenny Wood (44) lock arms as they watch the ball get away during first half action at College Park, Md., in the NCAA East Regionals playoff game, March 14, 1991. (AP Photo/Doug Mills)

 

"We were the first ones" to lose a 2-15 game since seeding began in 1985," Boeheim said Saturday as his team prepared to face Middle Tennessee on Sunday. "We just didn't play very well and it's not a good feeling, but there's not much you can say about it."

Richmond is now in the Atlantic-10 Conference, and the league offered a reminder of the historic upset on Twitter for basketball fans needing a refresher.