Syracuse's zone defense has the been the MVP of its run to the Final Four. Why is it so successful? It starts with the players' length and speed, which have combined to devastate opponents in the NCAA tournament.
Syracuse got the last laugh against Big East foe Georgetown in a game that did the old rivalry proud, a white knuckle 58-55 overtime win. And Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim made sure his players understood the rivalry's significance.
A father who helped start the rivalry. A son who closed it out with a resounding victory. On a nostalgic day in the nation's capital, John Thompson III's Hoyas pounded Syracuse for the Big East title and John Thompson Jr. got the last laugh.
Otto Porter scored 33 points to lead Georgetown past Syracuse in a performance that overshadowed the probable end of the teams' long rivalry. In fact, Porter could have played himself into the discussion for player of the year honors.
Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim has long been statistically predisposed for 900 wins, but he reached that plateau and passed Bob Knight on the all-time wins list on the strength on something more: his love for the game.