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Jim Boeheim says Syracuse basketball will play man to man defense this season

Is the world going to hell in a hand-basket?

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For those that might’ve missed it yesterday, Jeff Goodman talked with Syracuse Orange men’s basketball head coach Jim Boeheim yesterday and either Boeheim is turning over a new leaf, or, well, he’s being Boeheim.

Goodman took to twitter with some of things that the Hall-of-Famer had to say, including the proclamation that Syracuse will play some man-to-man defense this year. We’re not kidding.

Yeah, I’m gonna go ahead and call bluff here. Syracuse did play some man on its Italy trip earlier this month, but I don’t buy it.

Boeheim hasn’t stepped outside of the 2-3 zone in the half-court since the Boston College game on January 1, 2017 and that was only because the zone left much to be desired that season.

Before that though? Syracuse hadn’t employed man defense since the Le Moyne debacle of 2009. Axe said it best.

The rest of the conversation between Goodman and Boeheim is below.

Yep. The Candy Man was pretty good.

Guerrier rebounded at a high level over there and already has the physical tools to be an impact player in year one.

Sign me up for a better defense that originally preconceived.

Bourama Sidibe did look really good on the trip, too. He rebounded at a high clip, finished well around the rim and on defense he covered the high post and corner with ease. If Sidibe is as good during the regular season as he was in Italy, that solves a lot of problems at center for the Orange.

Imagine other teams trying to get a quality shot off against the man-to-man zone within 24 seconds.

It’s gonna be HUGHES, Tom, HUGHES.

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