Any discussion about Jim Boeheim's Syracuse team, whether it's big-picture talk of his 37-year Hall of Fame career or the more immediate talk about Syracuse's improbable run to this year's Final Four, must begin with talk of his 2-3 zone defense.
Is there any other basketball coach who is more identified with a system than Boeheim is with the zone? Rick Pitino has his deflection-oriented pressure defense, John Thompson III has his Princeton offense, Bob Knight had his motion offense, but every Boeheim team is marked by its adherence to -- and success with -- the 2-3 zone.
And so, after Boeheim's team held Marquette to a measly 39 points on Saturday in a 55-39 win to clinch the coach's fourth trip to the Final Four, most of the initial questions for Marquette's players and coach focused on how daggone hard it is to play against the Syracuse zone.
How much better was the Syracuse zone on Saturday compared with when you scored 74 points against the Orange a month ago? What's it like...