Syracuse: From Back Door to Final Four
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Jim Boeheim is incredible.
He's probably the only coach in a power conference whose top priority is recruiting players who can fit his suffocating 2-3 zone system, as opposed to recruiting top players, period.
That's because, in any era -- one-&-done or otherwise -- that zone's the star of his show.
Just ask a Gonzaga squad that had the players to rip it apart, but didn't. If fact, the Bulldogs may still be wondering where their virtually game-long lead went:
Turns out that Boeheim's guerilla zone press is a decent weapon, too.
It adds a certain je ne sais quoi to the Syracuse formula for success when deployed at the right moment.
Boeheim says it only works for a couple of minutes, but in this game, they came in the final three. Shades of Texas A&M!
Gotta wonder how Gonzaga could've watch the Northern Iowa meltdown and not learned from it.
As a matter of fact, Virginia should be asking that question, too.
The Wahoos should be even more sheepish. They'd even seen Syracuse in the regular season.
As a result, look what Boeheim's crew did to their share of the bracket:
It's almost the ultimate revenge.
If Syracuse wins two more games, it will be.