Why Syracuse will thrive in ACC

Success with 2-3 zone defense should continue in new conference

Updated: July 10, 2013, 1:57 PM ET
By John Gasaway | ESPN Insider
Jim Boeheim Debby Wong/USA TODAY SportsJim Boeheim's 2-3 zone defense could present major problems for new ACC foes.

This is the season that the ACC goes from being a very good basketball conference to being ridiculously good, with the addition of new members Syracuse, Notre Dame and Pittsburgh (with Louisville to follow in 2014-15). In particular, the arrival of Jim Boeheim and his highly regarded 2-3 zone defense promises to bring added luster to what was already one of the nation's most storied leagues.

Just how well will the Orange fare in the ACC? Perhaps not quite as well as the team would have done had Michael Carter-Williams opted to stick around for another season of college. Still, there's reason to believe that a defense comprised of C.J. Fair, Rakeem Christmas, Baye Keita and their ilk could be even stronger than what we saw from the Orange back in the Big East days of (not very) long ago.