Originally posted on Orange Fizz  |  Last updated 3/23/12
Syracuse’s Sweet 16 matchup with Wisconsin was the 40-minute dogfight we had expected, and predictably it came down to the last shot. The Badgers had a chance to send top seeded Syracuse home, but Jordan Taylor’s three came up short. The Fizz breaks down how SU defended the final possession. All game long the SU guards only extended the zone out to the three-point line, but not on the last play. Jim Boeheim threw a wrinkle in the zone by expanding nearly to half court, with Dion Waiters and Scoop Jardine trying to trap Taylor. It was a smart coaching move by The Per’fesser, since JT is the Badgers’ best playmaker. This forced him to get the ball out of his hands early, as he dished it off to Rob Wilson who was never in the flow of the offense all game. Once Wilson got the ball, C.J. Fair pressed up from his wing and got right into RW’s face. It was a risky move by Fair since it left an entire side of the zone open. Fortunately for SU Wilson didn’t see a wide open Josh Gasser in the ...
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