Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim discusses Duke’s ‘problem’ and the Blue Devils’ 2-3 zone ahead of Sweet 16 matchup

Duke will square off with Syracuse Friday night in the Sweet 16 of the 2018 NCAA Tournament. For Orange coach Jim Boeheim, he knows exactly what he’ll be running into when he faces off against Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski.

Dealing with Duke’s “problem” — Bagley III and Carter Jr.

On Thursday, Boeheim spoke about Duke’s interior duo of Marvin Bagley III and Wendell Carter Jr.

“They’re a problem inside for everybody. They’re difficult down there. We have to do a better job. Our center got in foul trouble down there. We did a good job on their perimeter shooters,” said Boeheim.

“I think the key for us against Duke is we have to play better than we’ve played down there and than we’ve played in this tournament. I think we’re perfectly capable of playing better although the record doesn’t look like that.”

In their first meeting, 7-foot-2 junior center Paschal Chukwu finished the game with 6 points, 12 rebounds and 5 fouls. The Blue Devils won that tilt, 60-44, back in late February.

Syracuse will need more than just Chukwu inside to stop Duke’s stout pair of Bagley III (21.2 points per game and 11.3 rebounds per game) and Carter Jr. (13.6 ppg and 9.2 rpg).

Duke running the 2-3 zone

As far as Coach K’s usage of the zone, Boeheim only had positive remarks when it came to Duke’s defensive efforts.

“He’s used the zone a little bit in the past. I think with this team, he felt it was the right defense,” said Boeheim.

“That’s kind of what I used to go through when we played both. I think he’s done a great job of using a 2-3 zone differently than we play it. It’s really effective and I think it’s made a huge difference with his team.”

Duke and Syracuse will square off Friday night at 9:37 p.m. ET on CBS.

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