Originally posted on Orange Fizz  |  Last updated 3/24/12
New York Times Syracuse easily faces its toughest matchup of the season tonight against Ohio State. This is how it should be. There are only 8 teams left. Ohio State is a lot like Syracuse in that the Buckeyes have a lot of guys who can score and they defend very well. The difference in the two teams is how they score and how they defend. Syracuse is as perimeter oriented as you could be. While the Orange likes to get to the rim, the entire offense is run through the guards. There are no designed post-ups. It’s almost exclusively high pick and roll and doing a multitude of things off of it. The Buckeyes want to pound inside with Jared Sullinger and Deshaun Thomas. The goal for OSU is to get those guys as many touches as possible. If the zone collapses and they get kickout threes for William Buford, Aaron Craft and Lenzelle Smith, Jr. then so be it, but the focus is paint touches for Sullinger. Defensively, the Orange plays zone. Duh. Ohio State plays a tough man-to-man defense led by
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