Syracuse Daily Links - Orange Play Zone Defense, FYI

Jim Boeheim's zone-centric defense the key to Syracuse's success - Michael Rosenberg -
Syracuse should have the decency to at least pretend this is complicated. It's maddening. The Orange set up in their 2-3 zone on every possession, regardless of score, situation or who is on the floor, and opponents are baffled. The Syracuse zone seems to feature five men and 27 arms. It may be the story of this college basketball season, but it is a short story.

The Tip In: Syracuse's big-shot-makers show Rutgers what it's missing to beat top teams |
Against Syracuse though, Rutgers did everything that it needed to in order to win, it was just missing one thing — a player with the gumption and experience like Scoop Jardine who is going to step up and make the big shot when the team needs it. In talking to Rutgers players afterwards, they all said that they knew that at some point, Jardine was going to take the big shot. He's done it numerous times before.

Pro Update - Kiwi Edition (Feb 2012) - Cuse Country
In the D-League, Eric Devendorf is doing his thing for the Reno Bighorns after leaving the Idaho Stampede, with whom he began the season. Devo has been steady but not spectacular for Reno. Since joining them, he’s played in eight games, averaging around 16 minutes and 9 points per game, with a high of 15 points on February 6.

Poliquin: Having helped defeat Rutgers, Syracuse guard Scoop Jardine dabbled a bit in philosophy |
"I forget about the bad stuff," Jardine said after SU’s eventual 74-64 conquest of feisty Rutgers. "It’s easy to forget about bad stuff. You forget about bad stuff in life all the time. I mean, you always remember it, but you forget it, you know? "That’s how I play ball. There are so many plays in a basketball game, so many opportunities. I forget the bad stuff at the moment, and then go back and watch it on film. Then I try to remember not to forget that I don’t want to make that mistake again."

Syracuse basketball notes: Rutgers center Gilvydas Biruta holds his own against Fab Melo |
"We’ve just gotta get back in there and get a couple of those," Boeheim said. "We play good defense for 35 seconds, they take a tough shot, miss and we don’t get it back. And then we’ve got to play defense for another 30 seconds."

Former Syracuse University recruit Tyree Smallwood signs with Bethune-Cookman |
Smallwood, who failed to qualify academically out of Cornwall Central High School in New Windsor, ended up enrolling at Milford Academy prep school in New Berlin. But the 5-11, 180-pound running back never became a part of SU's 2012 class.

Syracuse University lacrosse defender Brian Megill makes weekly Big East honor roll |
Megill guarded Albany’s Miles Thompson, the 2011 America East Rookie of the Year, and held him to just one assist on the afternoon. In addition, Megill collected three groundballs and tied his career high with five caused turnovers.

Big East Power Rankings 2/20: Marquette overtakes Georgetown - The UConn Blog
. Syracuse is still on top -- no surprise there -- Providence is still in the basement and unless we get some upsets in the next two weeks it'll probably stay that way.

Big East Tournament 2012: What The Bracket Would Look Like Today 2.0 - SB Nation New York
The Orange host the South Florida Bulls and can all but lockup the No. 1 seed with a victory, however, there's a slim chance that Syracuse could lose two of its final three, and Notre Dame, which owns the head-to-head tiebreaker between the two schools, wins out and earns to top spot.

This is UConn Country: Late Night Snack - YouTube
Jonathan the Husky Dog prepares a late night snack.

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