Originally posted on The Cardinal Connect  |  Last updated 3/1/13
You may want to sit down before reading this. I have a surprise for you. Syracuse is going to play 2-3 zone defense against us this Saturday. Okay, maybe you aren’t very surprised by that. Syracuse and Jim Boeheim are famous for their tenacious zone defense. Just like Mike Tyson their defense is impregnable, or is it? The biggest weakness of the zone is in the high post and Gorgui Dieng has been brilliant in the high post as of late. Gorg’s abilities from the high post were featured in the Seton Hall game where, from the free throw line area, he was able to hit shots, pass, and drive to the basket with a quick first step. These abilities are like groceries against a solid 2-3 zone, you have to have them every week. The most essential piece to the puzzle is Gorgui’s ability to hit the jumper from the free throw line to the top of the key, the defense has to respect it. We saw this on Depaul Day where Gorgui was able to pump fake the defender into the air every time he touched the bal...
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