Syracuse prepares for 3rd round game vs California

Associated Press  |  Last updated March 22, 2013
Jim Boeheim's Syracuse teams have thrived on their zone defense for decades, using long athletic players to disrupt opposing offenses for more than 900 wins and a national title. California coach Mike Montgomery has been more of a proponent for man-to-man defense over his stellar coaching career, using the zone more as an occasional change-up than a base defense. Montgomery has even jokingly mocked his friend, Boeheim, over the years for his reliance on the zone. So Boeheim got a piece of vindication when he saw the 12th-seeded Golden Bears (21-11) stay almost exclusively in a zone defense in a win over UNLV that set up a matchup with No. 4 seed Syracuse (27-9) in the third round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday.
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