If it’s windy on Sunday, the Aztecs could be in even bigger trouble trying to shoot over the zone.
Having to shoot over the zone in the wind “makes it a lot more difficult for us, but we’ve been working on a lot of zone offense preparing for this game,” SDSU star guard Jamaal Franklin said.
Franklin said he spent time recently shooting on an outdoor court at UC San Diego, which gets wind similar to San Diego Bay.
“The ball is being affected,” Syracuse guard Brandon Triche said. “You can’t think about it. You still have to take open shots. If you’re not really open, you might want to go to the basket a little more.”
Syracuse should have an easier time of that than the Aztecs.
“Just make more layups,” said hulking Orange freshman DaJuan Coleman, who is 6-foot-9 and 288 pounds. Syracuse also has sophomore Rakeem Christmas (6-9, 242) at the back of Boeheim’s signature zone defense; and 6-8 junior C.J. Fair at small forward.
The tallest starter in SDSU’s guard-dominated lineup is forward DeShawn Stephens, who’s 6-8.
Regardless, it’ll be an atmosphere to remember, SDSU guard Chase Tapley said.
“It’s a great experience and a great memory I can share with my bros and my coaching staff and my family. It’s still not hit me we’re going to be playing on a boat and the water’s right there,” Tapley said.
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