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Syracuse Basketball: Jim Boeheim Talks Notre Dame, Fast Break Defense & Upcoming Schedule

Jim Boeheim had plenty to say on the ACC Coaches Teleconference this week.

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Monday's ACC Coaches Teleconference got off to a very Jim Boeheim start for Jim Boeheim.


After that, Boeheim got down to the business of talking about the Syracuse Orange and what's in store when the team faces the Notre Dame Fighting Irish this Thursday as well as what's beyond.

On Notre Dame:

"Well I think they’re a very good offense team, I think they can score. They score against anybody, they put points up, they can shoot it, they can score inside. I think they’re a really well-balanced team and I think that’s pretty much what people thought coming into the year. They’ve got the inside and outside attack and it’s very consistent and they’ve played very well in the league."

On SU's ability to limit fast break points:

"We always want to get back. I think one of the things about fast break is that bad turnovers lead to fast breaks, and we haven’t done that. Our turnovers have not been turnovers that can get people out on the break. I think that’s one thing.

"Our guards, our perimeter people do get back … Tyler Roberson is a really good offensive rebounder, our other perimeter guys get back well. We need to get back and get our defense set, that’s important and we’ve done a good job of that. That’s very important."

On the tough upcoming schedule:

"Well there’s no question about it. We knew it would be a tough start to the conference season with the schedule the way it was, and the teams that are there. They’re all really good teams, I thought that this next stretch of games would obviously be crucial and I think whatever our record was, this stretch of game it was always going to be crucial."

We already know that Mike Brey thinks Demetrious Jackson won't play on Thursday but the Irish coach also dropped the following nugget about Trevor Cooney...

To which Syracuse fans replied...