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Opponents have been stifled by Syracuse's 2-3 zone in NCAA tournament

Updated: April 3, 2013, 2:21 PM ET
By Dana O'Neil | ESPN.com

When he wasn't stalking officials or yanking loose his tie, John Chaney screeched at his Temple basketball players the same two words over and over again: "The middle, the middle, the middle," he'd yell.

The middle, to Chaney's way of thinking, is both the soft spot and the sweet spot in any good zone. It's where, if done correctly, an offense can pick apart the defense or where, when played well, the defense can make an opponent's life miserable.

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