Jim Boeheim rips critics of Syracuse’s 2-3 zone defense


Jim Boeheim might spend as much time defending Syracuse’s use of a 2-3 zone defense as he does coaching it.

So he went on the offensive on Friday.

Per Adam Zagoria, the Orange coach shrugged off any notion that he must convince players that the zone is worth playing  — “They buy into it because they want to play.” – then criticized any analyst questions the use of a zone defense.

“I never hear anybody yelling at [Duke coach] Mike Krzyzewski to go back and play zone,” Boeheim said. “Why is that? He’s such a good coach, you don’t question him? Is that what that is? Really? Somebody shook their head down here. OK, that means I’m not a good coach, so you can question me.

“It’s all bull—-.”

Stylistic questions aside, Boeheim did note an important aspect of the zone: keeping players out of foul trouble. An example? When Wisconsin’s Jared Berggen had to sit because of that issue Thursday night. That doesn’t happen as often with the Orange.

“There’s other reasons, too, that zone is good,” Boeheim said. “A guy gets two fouls in the first half, I don’t take him out. We can protect him.

“So I keep my best offensive player in the game the whole half.”

The numbers bear that out, too. None of Syracuse’s five best players, Dion Waiters, Kris Joseph, Scoop Jardine, Brandon Triche and C.J. Fair, commit more than 2.9 fouls per 40 minutes.

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BUBBLE BANTER: Today’s key bubble games

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Florida State at Wake Forest, 12:00 p.m.
George Washington at VCU, 12:00 p.m.
Cincinnati at Memphis, 12:00 p.m.
Temple at UCF, 12:00 p.m.
Saint Joseph’s at Fordhan, 2:00 p.m.
New Mexico at San Diego State, 4:00 p.m.
Pacific at BYU, 4:00 p.m.
No. 25 South Carolina at No. 8 Texas A&M 4:00 p.m.
Clemson at Virginia Tech, 4:00 p.m.
Cal at Stanford, 4:00 p.m.
Valparaiso at UIC, 4:00 p.m.
Butler at St. John’s, 4:30 p.m.
No. 23 Arizona at Washington, 4:30 p.m.
Auburn at Georgia, 5:30 p.m.
Mississippi State at LSU, 6:00 p.m.
Vanderbilt at Ole Miss, 8:00 p.m.
Colorado at Oregon State, 8:30 p.m.
Georgetown at Seton Hall, 9:00 p.m.
Saint Mary’s at San Diego, 9:00 p.m.
Gonzaga at Pepperdine, 12:00 a.m.

Sherrod sets consecutive field goals record as Yale beats Columbia 86-72

Yale forward Brandon Sherrod (35) comes down with an offensive rebound between SMU's Markus Kennedy (5), Nic Moore (11) and Shake Milton (1) diuring the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Brandon Sherrod scored 25 points — and set the Division I single-season record for consecutive field goals made — to help Yale beat Columbia 86-72 Friday and take over sole possession of first place in the Ivy League standings.

Justin Sears added 27 points for the Bulldogs (14-5, 5-0), who have won nine in a row, their longest win streak since closing the 1961-62 regular season with nine-straight wins.

Sherrod made his first five field-goal attempts, extending his streak of consecutive field goals made to 30 and breaking the Division I single-season record of 26 straight previously held by Eastern Michigan’s James Thompson and Bowling Green’s Torian Oglesby.

He hadn’t missed a field goal since January 16th.

Two foul shots by Sherrod sparked a 12-0 run by Yale that made it 72-58 with 3:40 left.

The Bulldogs made 14 of 16 free throws in the final three minutes to seal it.

Maodo Lo had 21 points and a career-high seven steals for Columbia (15-7, 4-1), which had its six-game win streak snapped.