Benjamin Franklin famously quipped that nothing in this world was certain, except death and taxes.
I would add that a third certainty exists, which is that as long as Jim Boeheim patrols the Syracuse sideline, the Orange will play the 2-3 zone.
The 2-3 zone, when employed properly, can be suffocating, frustrating and genius. Of course it takes more than just standing in position around the key, but you’ll have to read this column I wrote last year for the merits of Boeheim’s zone.
Noteworthy this year, are the changes that Boeheim’s zone will undergo, as opposed to last year. It will work the same in principle, but the results should be different, such as where the ball ends up and how it is outletted (I’m not sure if outletted is a word, but I’m going with it) off of turnovers.
Let’s take a look at what changes are in store for the heralded, yet despised, Syracuse 2-3 zone defense.