MADISON, Wis. If death and taxes are the only two certainties in this life, Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim playing a 2-3 zone defense must run a close third.
For 36 years, the matchup-zone has been a staple of Boeheim's coaching success at Syracuse, a component as tried and true as anything in the college basketball world. Only a coach with 889 victories and a national title, after all, could release a 57-minute DVD offering a "Complete Guide to the 2-3 Match-up Zone Defense" and charge 40.
Yes, Boeheim recruits good players. But he only turns them loose once they've understood the requirements to succeed in his system. And that usually means opposing teams buckle at the knees.
Now, it's Wisconsin's turn to face the zone defense gauntlet.
"The players in that program have done it since the day they've been on campus," Badgers associate coach Greg Gard said. "We're trying to teach it to our guys in three days."
Fourth-seeded Wisconsin (26-9) plays No. 1 Syracuse (33-2) a...