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Dayton's Orange "insider" says he has no secrets on solving SU zone

By Mark Gaughan

The University of Dayton basketball coaching staff has an "insider" to help it prepare for Saturday's meeting with Syracuse University.

Dayton aide Allen Griffin spent four years playing under Jim Boeheim at Syracuse and was a starting guard for two of his seasons. Griffin said he has no great secret to solving Syracuse's vaunted zone.

"You can’t make up a secret for 7-foot, 6-11 and 6-8," Miller said before his team's practice session today at First Niagara Center. "We’ve just got to be aggressive and confident against the zone."

Miller maintains a close relationship with Boeheim, as well as Syracuse assistants Mike Hopkins and Adrian Autry.

ll send Julie some text messages throughout the year. I talk to Adrian every day, pretty much. ... Coach Hopkins is probably the mentor for me in this business. Whenever I run into a jam or a situation, I make sure that I call him and get his advice."

Boeheim said he still considers Griffin an Orangeman.

"I know he’s got under -- someplace on him -- he’s got something orange," Boeheim said. "It’s not going to be in view. He’s a great kid, a great Syracuse, as good as we’ve ever had."


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