Saturday, March 26, 2016
What an awful start for the Orange. Gonzaga is made to attack the zone. They have good big men who can pass, and good outside shooters. And in the case of Wiltjer, both. SU getting their hands on everything but can't grab a loose ball. It's such a joke that SU's defense is so good and that teams can't figure it out. It's not that revolutionary, and it's not like no one else plays it. And you know exactly what you're getting. It's not that hard to figure out, you just have to have the right personnel to attack it. And Gonzaga does. SU weathered the early storm, but they're not just at a disadvantage on defense, on offense they're also having trouble with Gonzaga's size, every inside shot is contested. After that early barrage by Gonzaga, Syracuse has to be pleased only trailing by 1 at the half. Combined halftime points in Syracuse's 3 tournament games: 58 (30-28), 58 (31-27) and now 57 (29-28). Frank Howard is playing the game of his life. He made a 3-pointer. Only his second all season.