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Jim Boeheim shares his perspective on Western Michigan as Syracuse prepares for tournament

Syracuse Orange head coach Jim Boeheim spoke to the media at an NCAA Tournament news conference on Wednesday afternoon.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – Syracuse Orange head coach Jim Boeheim spoke to the media at an NCAA Tournament news conference on Wednesday afternoon.

No. 3 seed SU takes on Western Michigan in the second round on Tuesday afternoon.

Boehiem called Western Michigan seniors Shayne Whittington and David Brown “impressive.”

“They could play anywhere in the country from what I've seen. They're really good players. I don't really look at where players play or who they play for. I look at how good players are and how good the team is and the coach, and Western Michigan's got a team that could play with anybody in the country,” he said.

“You get guys that develop as players at schools like Western Michigan, and they're as good as anybody we have and anybody that we've played against. Our players understand that, we understand that,” Boeheim said.

Twice this season, WMU took on Eastern Michigan, which plays a similar two-three zone defense to Syracuse.

Boeheim was asked about any advantage the Orange may have being able to see how their tournament opponent has played against the zone.

“We've seen everybody this year who plays against the two three zone,” he said. “So we see everybody, what they try to do, and most people do similar things. But everybody plays against a two three zone.”

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