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The Sun's Arizin: Syracuse used man-to-man defense again, and nobody is sure why

Oh, that crafty Jim Boeheim...

Jim Boeheim does not like man-to-man defense. The last time he used it was in an embarrassing exhibition loss to the LeMoyne Dolphins seven years ago. That sort of thing can apparently swear a 2-3 zone devotee off of the man-defense for a while, it seems, but Boeheim coached it up again on Tuesday when the Orange played a sloppy exhibition against Indiana (PA) -- the same school Villanova will face on Saturday.

Syracuse fell behind early against IUP, and had to press the Pennsylvania DII school to get back into the game. They eventually settled back into a 2-3 and pulled away, 83-65. BUT, the Orange are insisting that they're going to play more man-defense. . . What a world!

And now, "the news"

Despite poor results in return of man-to-man defense, Syracuse players expect to use it again |
The last time Syracuse used man-to-man defense was their loss to LeMoyne in 2009. It went just slightly better this time.

Announcing the Inaugural Saint Augustine Medal and recipients | The Augustinians
The Augustinian Province of Saint Thomas of Villanova announces the inaugural Saint Augustine Medal and recipients; Patty and Jay Wright.

Penn undermines its own teams with laughable alcohol policy | The Daily Pennsylvanian
Heaven forbid. Could you imagine, college students drinking at a tailgate before a football game? What’s going to happen next? An actual student section during the game? That would be crazy.

Duke leads the way in Power Rankings | ESPN Insider
($ub req'd) Duke brought in a recruiting class for the ages, so it was no stunner where the Blue Devils would land. But is it a done deal? Not so fast. Kansas and, of course, Kentucky are lurking.

Myles Davis: Xavier basketball player has a court hearing Thursday, hopes to return soon | WCPO
As basketball season begins, the attorney for Xavier basketball player Myles Davis hopes his client’s legal issues are winding down.

Butler’s Savage sidelined with illness | NBC Sports
Kethan Savage scored 16 points on eight shots in 20 minutes in his unofficial Butler debut last week. When he’ll back back in a Bulldogs uniform next, however, is a little uncertain.

Big East soccer maintains relevance despite split | The Setonian
Due to the split’s focus on the basketball side, it’s impact on the other sports flew under the radar, specifically on men’s soccer.

2016-17 College Basketball Coaches on the Hot Seat | NBC Sports
There are 14 coaches on our list.

Villanova University Mourns Student Found Dead in Dorm | NBC 10 Philadelphia
Villanova University mourned the death of a sophomore College of Liberal Arts & Sciences major found dead in his dorm room over the weekend.

Conference Announces Women’s Soccer Regular-Season Awards | BIG EAST
'Nova lands three on All-Freshman squad.

West Coast Bias: Why the West has gone 19 years without a national title | Yahoo!
Also in this week's column: Best in the West power rankings, Five Questions with Gonzaga's Przemek Karnowski and a countdown of the West's strongest non-league schedules.

Virginia Basketball faces the reigning national champions | Streaking The Lawn
How will the Hoos fare against a heck of a OOC schedule?

1966-67 Sixers to be inducted into Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame |
Wali Jones, the former Overbrook High, Villanova and Philadelphia 76ers guard, remembered how special it was to be inducted as a basketball player in the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame