The next analyst who says the way to beat the Syracuse 2-3 zone is to "hit shots" should be forced to watch every Big East game involving DePaul, Rutgers and Seton Hall -- in slow motion.
While that perhaps could be considered cruel and unusual punishment, it's nice to have former Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg, now at ESPN, around to give some quality advice on how Michigan might get quality shots against the confounding zone of the Orange in the NCAA semifinal Saturday.
"The guys that get to the middle of that zone have to be playmakers, guys that can get in there, make a play, kick it back out," Greenberg said. "They're gonna have to have guys shot-ready. They're gonna have to get some penetration. They're gonna have to get some post touches. They're gonna have to get to the offensive glass."
There might not be a better penetrator in college basketball than Michigan guard Trey Burke. Greenberg says he will be interested to see if Syracuse's 6-foot-6 Michael Carter-Williams comes after the 6-foot Burke the way the Orange attacked Indiana 6-footers Jordan Hulls and Yogi Ferrell.
Greenberg also is anxious to see Burke defend Carter-Williams.
"He's not a good, he's a great, on-ball defender," Greenberg said of Burke. "Think about the 10-second call in the NCAA tournament, his ability to pressure the basketball. Think about the steal he made against Michigan State and a terrific ball-handler in Keith Appling, turning him over in a crucial time of the game."
- Kevin Dunleavy