Ohio State Short Attention Span Game Plan
So here’s the deal. Anytime you go against Syracuse, you have to have a different mindset. It’s all about the Jim Boeheim zone, and you have to be really disciplined and focused to get the right look.
That zone has won a lot of games for the Hall of Fame Boeheim, and for good reason. Syracuse recruits to length at all spots to plug and play in that defense, and it more often than not causes teams to get impatient and simply pass the ball around the perimeter and try to bomb away from the outside.
But that’s not how you beat Syracuse. You have to reverse the ball to open up lanes, then get on the inside of that zone to create help and a collapse that will open up passes on the inside, as well as the ability to kick it back out to the perimeter for a better look than simply trying so splash from over the top of the length.
Defensively, Ohio State still needs to to what it has all year and play solid man-to-man defense, scramble to help out on the shooters and more than other games, try to run and push the pace so that things don’t bog down with the half-court defense Syracuse wants to get in.