OT: is (sewer)Cuse really going to play man-to-man?



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Buddy Boeheim, the team’s projected starting 2-guard and also the coach’s 19-year-old son.

Subbing five at a time was also a new tactic Boeheim was testing out.

“The last three years we only had seven or eight scholarship players, so we were playing a lot of guys 37, 38 minutes,” Boeheim says.

The zone is a big reason why Syracuse tends to over-perform in the NCAA Tournament...

Coaching the zone fits well with Boeheim’s analytical mind. The amoeba is by definition shape-shifting, and Boeheim, whose parents were both master bridge players, can be lethal in his ability to tweak it.

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As a collective alignment, Boeheim’s zone has been one of the most formidable defenses in college basketball, but there is some debate as to whether it adequately prepares his players for the NBA, where man-to-man is far more prevalent. NBA scouts and executives frequently whisper this concern, although Boeheim says he has never heard a scout say that to him directly. “I don’t know where that comes from,” he says. “They can say they haven’t seen our guys play man-to-man, but that doesn’t mean they can’t play it. Jerami Grant is one of the better defensive players in the NBA right now. Dion Waiters has become a very good defensive player. Mike Krzyzewski is one of the best defensive coaches in the country, and some of his guys have been terrible man-to-man defenders. James Harden is not a defensive player, but that’s not his college coach’s fault. Some guys just are not real good defensive players.”
 

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Boeheim never plays his bench. He has had multiple first round draft picks average a handful of minutes per game until the season he started them, then they played 35 mpg.
 
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Boeheim never plays his bench. He has had multiple first round draft picks average a handful of minutes per game until the season he started them, then they played 35 mpg.
I always chalked that up as a function of the zone.. he'd probably have to go a bit deeper on the bench if they were to abandon the zone as their primary defense (which regardless of what they do in Europe, I doubt)
 

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“The last three years we only had seven or eight scholarship players, so we were playing a lot of guys 37, 38 minutes,” Boeheim says.
Did they really only have 7 or 8 scholarship guys each of the last few years? Or this this just nose picker throwing his players under the bus again?
 

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Coaching the zone fits well with Boeheim’s analytical mind. The amoeba is by definition shape-shifting, and Boeheim, whose parents were both master bridge players, can be lethal in his ability to tweak it.
The idea that Boeheim is a fantastic college basketball coach because his parents played bridge is LOL
 
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Did they really only have 7 or 8 scholarship guys each of the last few years? Or this this just nose picker throwing his players under the bus again?
2017-2018 Syracuse had 7 scholarship players. Washington tore his ACL (barely played before then) after Thorpe quit 2 weeks into the season. 10-14 are 5'7 walk-ons, one of which played the final 6 minutes of the Sweet 16 game vs. #2 Michigan State after Frank Howard fouled out.
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Same thing in 2016-2017. Started the season with 9 scholarship players, then Chukwu had a season ending injury to his eye, and Coleman to his knee. 10-17 are walk-ons here.
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Again in 2015-2016. SU Makes the Final Four. Obokoh and Joseph basically stopped playing because they were transferring, and SU had 7 players the rest of the way.
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2012-2013, SU makes the Final Four with 9 scholarship players. You have to go back a very long time to find a team with more than 10 scholarship players.
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