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Nobody could have guessed that Syracuse would have come out in a 2-3 zone and stick with. It sure caught the Hoosiers off guard. I haven't seen the Orange in a zone for decades. Brilliant change of pace.
Jim Boeheim and Syracuse are famous for the 2-3 zone defense.
I thought Indiana would've had a game plan to attack the zone, but it really made Tom Crean's team look bad. Indiana looked terrible lady night.
Crean has no excuse period. OSU advances at least. Mich and MSU next hopefully.
To be fair, Syracuse played very well last night. That 2-3 zone is always a tough nut to crack since they are so aggressive and athletic.
Syracuse looked incredible last night. Playing like that, I'm not sure any opponent would look good. It goes to show that an extended 2-3 zone can be devastating with the right kind of athletes.
IU is heavily dependent upon two players showing up: Watford and Zeller, and Hulls has to hit a few key outside shots. None occurred last night.
IMO, Watford especially is the x-factor. They are not the same team when he is off his game. Last night, Watford was just OK, but Zeller was a complete non-factor and looked like he wanted no part of the physical play by the Orange. In fact, after watching that game, I really question if he is ready for the next level. Don't get me wrong, I hope he goes, along with a bunch of current Big Ten talent, but his performance was telling.
Heard the coach on the radio this morning. He basically said he decided, after 30 years, they would spend their time on becoming the BEST 2-3 zone in the country instead of trying to be just "good" in both man-to-man AND zone defense.
As said before, Syracuse is famous for their 2-3 zone.... as well as their "comfort" in playing in the half court. It makes them as very good tournament team. Not that the Orange and Wisconsin are all that similar in style, but they both can play in the half court and both emphasize pressure defensively.... and the Wissies beat Indiana twice in the regular season.... an omen of sorts for what happened last night, methinks.
For Silver, I found this article written the day of the game....It doesn't appear Indiana was caught off guard in prepping for the 2-3 zone: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/28/sports/ncaabasketball/for-syracuses-foes-zone-defense-is-a-perpetual-riddle.html?_r=0
This post was edited by Starch 13 months ago
Crean is waaaaaaaaaay over-rated in my opinion. Had Cody Zeller not arrived there at about the same time he did, Crean wouldn't have gotten all the pub. Let's see how Tommy boy does next year, huh?
IU sure picked a pretty bad time to score the lowest point total of the season.
'Texan by birth, Hawkeye by the Grace of God'
i was less surprised by how well syracuse played than by how poorly iu payed. they looked as if they had no plan for a defense they knew for a fact they'd face. they really truly did look like the orangemen had crossed them up. i agree with diehard. i had zeller as a lock to enter the draft, but am second guessing that now. he looked like a youngster last night.
Nothing would make me a Crean fan after his mid-court encounter with the Michigan assistant coach this season. He clearly demonstrated his lack of class. And last night, he proved that he was not as good a coach as everyone thought he was.
I completely disagree with those saying Crean isn't a good coach. He is. He has had some terrible luck with his best players being injured. This season we saw what can happen with his good recruiting and coaching. He took an IU team that has struggled for awhile to a 1 seed and a sweet 16 birth. They happened to run into a terrific Syrcause team tonight and IU picked a bad night to have an off game.
Depending on if Zeller and Oladipo come back, IU will have the experience to make a run for a title again next year. IU has had terrific recruiting classes the past few years. They'll be fine.
Agreed. Crean has built them up to a perennial contender at this point.
Crean is a great coach
The difference was the officials let the Orange play physical against IU last night. The two times Iowa played Indiana a sneeze was called a foul. Indiana has been babied with calls all year and it came back to haunt them last night.
Crean will have the great recruiter tag on him until he wins without a big star (i.e. Zeller and DWade),but remember no one thought Oledipo was going to amount to anything. I doubt that improvement was all on his own.
...think I missed the tongue in cheek... (note to self: have at least one cup of coffee before posting)
Don't feel lonely there. It was only after I read your post that the light broke through and I realized how clever silvehawk was...again.
Crean is a good coach. He is very emotional, and sometimes puts his foot in his mouth, as in the case with the UM assistant. He did call the assistant and apologize. I don't see Boeheim or Calhoun ever doing that.
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