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Zoned Out: West Virginia exits NCAA Tournament with upset loss to Syracuse

Like a broken record it is always said that the Syracuse zone is hard to prepare for. It’s hard to understand all of the wrinkles, how the zone shifts on the fly, how it adapts when you exploit a weakness. West Virginia proved it was true in the first half on its way to succumbing to the Orange in Indy on Sunday.

This matchup of old Big East foes started withe the Mountaineers having a deer-in-the-headlights look as they got up close and personal with the zone. Combined with a hot shooting start by Syracuse left the Mountaineers down 14, 30-16 with five minutes to go in the first half.