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Bill Simmons on Syracuse


Simmons wrote a piece about how the tournament should effect the draft status of players. In it he had mostly kind words for Wes Johnson but also offered this view on Syracuse's game last night...

Behind Door No. 4: Wes Johnson's "disappearance" during the Butler upset. If you studied the play-by-play sheet only, you'd say to yourself, "Wow, Johnson went MIA! No shots in the last six minutes? What a choke job!" Not exactly. He was playing for a coach who made a career out of burying his No. 1 scoring option in big games (note: Syracuse fans are nodding grimly right now), and with skittish guards who lost their minds down the stretch (Andy Rautins and Scoop Jardine combined for eight shots and three turnovers in the final six minutes). As I tweeted after the game, it was like Boeheim told his team at the five-minute mark, "Guys, I want you to go out there and take the most rushed, horrible shots you possibly can." Johnson couldn't have done anything except clothesline Rautins and Jardine to get the ball. Which, actually, might not have been a bad idea.

I'm admittedly not as knowledgeable about SU basketball history as several of you, but is there anything to that thing about Boeheim burying his No. 1 scoring options or is Simmons talking out of his ass (which despite being very knowledgeable about basketball, although mostly NBA ball, he has a tendency to do from time to time.

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