Their record is quite misleading. Two losses were to Louisville, two to Georgetown and two came with Southerland out. They have as much talent as anyone in the tourney.
team in the country. Four bigs 6-10 or over, guards 6-4 0r over make their zone very hard to beat. The carrier dome
and Carmelo funded practice facility make their recruiting hard to match.
He is basically a mediocre coach in every possible way sans recruiting. He does make his kids go to class and graduate. That's a positive too, I suppose.
But this shouldn't be news to anyone who has watched him at Marquette or Indiana. His coaching is decidedly mediocre. Wouldn't have been nearly this good if he didn't have guys like Oladipo and Hulls who bust their own asses to get as much out of their ability as they can.
Crean looked as if he had never seen Syracuse's 2-3 zone before. I know the Big East has a really unbalanced schedule but Crean had to face it in live game action at least a couple times.
Syracuse was better in every way. As inconsistent as Carter-Williams has been this season, he looked like a top 5 pick tonight. Hopefully, Marquette will be ready to take them out.
His guys looked incredibly confused for most of the game. I was surprised and what seemed to be poor preparation for this very specific thing that he knew darn well was coming and for which he had 5 days to prepare.
IU had neither the horses up top nor the depth down low to beat this Syracuse team.
IU's starting guards were out scored 38 - 0 by Triche and Carter-Williams.
"We were out there thinking too much and not just playing..."
You can simulate it in practice, but once you go against the real deal it's quite a bit different. I know virtually every team has some form of the 2-3 zone, but no one runs it as well or to the extent that SU does. Combine that with SU's seemingly endless supply of long and athletic players (seriously, they always seem to have these 6' 7" skinny but freakishly athletic players) and it's not surprising that IU had trouble against the zone. They weren't the first and they won't be the last.
Yeah, tonight was not, but its a stretch to call the guy mediocre. Boehiem isn't exactly a nobody.
The Harbaughs are from Kentucky.