Dougherty: The Syracuse zone is keeping the madness at bay

first_img Related Stories Schneidman: 4 days in St. Louis define the madness of MarchSyracuse-Gonzaga game time set for 9:40 p.m. on FridaySyracuse basketball keeps dancing to Sweet 16 with 75-50 win over Middle Tennessee StateTyler Roberson is putting all the pieces together at the right timeTyler Lydon’s complete performance helps Syracuse to the Sweet 16 ST. LOUIS — If you’ve mostly been following the NCAA Tournament through highlights and your six social media accounts, the casual way, I can probably guess what you’ve seen.Bronson Koenig’s game-winning corner 3 for Wisconsin. Rex Pflueger’s game-winning tip-in for Notre Dame. Paul Jesperson’s game-winning half-court heave for Northern Iowa. Northern Iowa’s historic collapse on Sunday. A good amount of Buddy Hield. An excessive amount of Charles Barkley.But I can probably also guess something you haven’t seen too much of: Syracuse.“Sometimes our games aren’t the most fun to watch maybe,” said SU guard Frank Howard. “But we have fun no matter what. Winning’s fun.”You can thank the Orange’s 2-3 zone for that, even if Dayton and Middle Tennessee State would much sooner try and get Jim Boeheim’s signature defense outlawed from the game altogether. You can also bet that SU prefers it this way — its wins being boring, nondescript — as its zone smothered the Flyers and Blue Raiders this past weekend and helped it comfortably avoid the madness that’s filled much of the bracket.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith a 19-point win over Dayton on Friday and a 25-point win over MTSU on Sunday, 10th-seeded Syracuse (21-13, 9-9 Atlantic Coast) has averaged the fewest opponent points per game (50.5) of any Sweet 16 team and is tied for second in highest average margin of victory (22). It’s not the first time the 2-3 zone has anchored an unlikely Tournament run — start with 2013 — and it certainly won’t be the last. The quick scouting turnarounds for opposing coaches, Boeheim’s ability to modify it on the fly and the Orange’s sheer length make the zone an ideal formula for Tournament success.MORE COVERAGE: Schneidman: 4 days in St. Louis define the madness of MarchSyracuse-Gonzaga game time set for 9:40 p.m. on FridayTyler Roberson is putting all the pieces together at the right timeTyler Lydon’s complete performance helps Syracuse to the Sweet 16Syracuse basketball keeps dancing to Sweet 16 with 75-50 win over Middle Tennessee State Published on March 21, 2016 at 10:19 pm Forget surviving, the zone has Syracuse contending as it prepares for its matchup with 11th-seeded Gonzaga in Chicago on Friday night. Somehow the facet of SU that everyone sees coming makes it hard to prepare for and even harder to beat.“We knew the zone was good but playing live out there against it, they do a good job denying the wings, playing up on wings, they play the middle, their wings are long, their bigs are athletic,” MTSU forward Darnell Harris said after his team shot 29.7 percent from the field Sunday.“It’s like we just couldn’t score over their length and we couldn’t make shots, so it bothered us a lot today.”That is the dilemma that teams, starting with the Bulldogs, have to overcome: the difference between preparing for the zone and then actually playing against it.This seems like a simple concept that could be applied to any facet of the game, but Boeheim and the SU coaching staff tweaks the zone throughout a given game like they’re playing chess with a child. Effortlessly. At will.Dayton wanted to play inside-out through 6-foot-11 center Steve McElvene, and SU denied McElvene the ball to make that near impossible on its way to allowing only 50 points. Middle Tennessee State runs its zone offense from the wing to the corner, and the wings of the zone fanned out to defend passes to the corner and forced the Blue Raiders to consistently drive the ball on its way to 51 points. At times it was Tyler Lydon waiting in the paint, and at others it was Dajuan Coleman. Lydon finished with a career-high six blocks. Coleman finished one below a season-high with two.“Our zone is a little bit different and people aren’t used to seeing our zone,” Boeheim said after Syracuse’s win over Middle Tennessee State. “They see zone, but they don’t see the zone the way these guys play it. So that’s always a little bit of an advantage for us when there’s just a one-day turnaround.”To this point, I’ve consciously avoided all the lame zone wordplays and now need to get them out of my system. Syracuse is forcing its opponents to zone out. Syracuse’s opponents are out of their comfort zones. Syracuse’s opponents can’t escape the O-zone. Man, that last one is bad.And, not to be forgotten, Syracuse is in a zone. Literally, figuratively and at the perfect time.Jesse Dougherty is a Senior Staff Writer at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at or @dougherty_jesse. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

8 Syracuse seniors to use extra year of eligibility

first_imgThe Daily Orange is a nonprofit newsroom that receives no funding from Syracuse University. Consider donating today to support our mission.Eight Syracuse women’s lacrosse seniors announced Wednesday that they intend to return next season using the NCAA’s additional year of eligibility.Morgan Alexander, Cara Quimby, Ella Simkins, Vanessa Costantino, Lila Nazarian, Bella Recchion, Morgan Widner and Kerry Defliese joined Emily Hawryschuk and Asa Goldstock in returning to Syracuse after the 2020 season was cut short due to the coronavirus. Ten of this season’s 11 seniors, excluding fifth-year captain Mary Rahal, will rejoin the Orange for a final year.“We’re excited to have this great group coming back in 2021 to help us take care of unfinished business from this season,” SU head coach Gary Gait said in a press release. “They have a passion for the sport of lacrosse and for Syracuse University.”Alexander, who started the first four games of the season at left attack before suffering a season-ending leg injury, will be returning for a sixth year alongside Quimby. Widner was SU’s draw specialist, leading the Orange with 24 draw controls in 2020. Simkins and Defliese were starting members of the best defense in the nation, allowing seven goals per game. Costantino was a key member of the second midfield line, appearing in all eight games and contributing four goals and four assists.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange finished the season ranked No. 4 in the nation with a 7-1 record, their only loss coming in a narrow defeat to No. 5 Stony Brook. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on May 20, 2020 at 3:52 pm Contact Alex: | @alexhamer8last_img read more

Angels sign Mike Trout to 12-year extension

first_imgHe has slashed .307/.416/.573 in eight seasons with the club while hitting 240 home runs, stealing 189 bases and driving in 648 runs.In recent weeks, rumors have been swirling about the possibility of Bryce Harper trying to recruit Trout to come play with him and the Phillies. Trout, a native of Vineland, N.J., grew up a diehard Phillies fan and some thought he would join Harper in Philadelphia.A deal like this is tough to overcome for Philadelphia. OFFICIAL: @MikeTrout agrees to terms on a 12-year contract.— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) March 21, 2019Our weatherman’s here to stay! #TheHaloWay— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) March 21, 2019″This is where I wanted to be all along,” Trout said in the team’s release. “I have enjoyed my time as an Angel and look forward to representing the organization, my teammates and our fans for years to come.”I want to thank Arte and Carole Moreno for their efforts. Their leadership and commitment to winning played a key role in my decision. Thanks also to my teammates, coaches, John Carpino, Billy Eppler and his Baseball Operations staff, the entire front office and Angels fans for all their support. It has made a tremendous difference not only for me, but for my family as well!”According to ESPN, the deal is for $430 million.The deal makes Trout both the highest-paid player in MLB history in a lump sum at $430 million and the highest in average annual value, surpassing Zack Greinke’s $34.4 million as the MVP would make on average $36 million.Trout has made seven All-Star teams with the Angels and is in the second-to-last year of a six-year, $144 million deal he signed with Los Angeles in 2014.According to USA Today, the deal is an add-on to Trout’s already existing deal and is actually a 10-year, $363.5 million extension which will kick in during the 2021 season. He will still be paid $33.25 million each of the next two seasons.Mike Trout’s new #Angels deal, which won’t be finalized for about 48 hours, is actually a 10-year, $363.5 million extension that starts in 2021. He still will be paid $33.25 million for the next two years under his existing contract. Full no-trade, no opt-outs.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) March 19, 2019The deal has a full no-trade clause with no opt-outs.The 27-year-old center fielder was originally taken with the 25th overall pick in the 2009 draft with the Angels. Mike Trout is getting paid.The Angels have signed the two-time MVP to a 12-year contract extension, the team announced Wednesday.last_img read more