Clark Kellogg: Syracuse’s Defense Has Been Very Impressive

This year’s NCAA Tournament provided us plenty of excitement in the first weekend, and now we get ready for the Sweet 16 round of games that begin tonight. The remaining field is made up mostly of major conference teams, with the lone exception being Gonzaga, though the Bulldogs are always a mid-major power.

Having seen each of these teams play two full games so far, we can start to get a better feel for who’s at the top of their game. Clark Kellogg has been an in-studio analyst for the television coverage on CBS throughout the tournament, so he’s had the opportunity to see all these teams play.

With that in mind, who’s impressed him the most so far?

“I think Syracuse when you consider how they kind of stumbled late in the regular season and the way they’ve defended, maybe not for the full 40 minutes but in segments or the Dayton and Middle Tennessee games they were stifling. Zone defense at its best defending the three point line and they got offense as they needed it,” said Kellogg on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones show. “Villanova offensively, really hasn’t met much resistance and they’re shooting 59% from the floor, 49% from three in two tournament games, assisting on 70% of those goals, that’s been very impressive. I think Syracuse and maybe Villanova stand out to me the most in terms of being impressive.”

The obligatory tournament questions being out of the way, the guys decided to end the interview asking Kellogg to try and translate what his partner on the in-studio broadcasts, Charles Barkley, was trying to say after one of the games on Sunday.

The clip, and Kellogg’s explanation kept the guys laughing.

“Listen, I’m laughing so hard because I’m laughing with Chuck, I wanted to throw him a lifeline and my brain was foggy,” said Kellogg. “I couldn’t come up with the ‘joy of victory and the agony of defeat’. I think Kenny got to it a little later, but it was so much after what Charles had kind of rambled through that it didn’t connect with anybody. I’m laughing with you guys, with Charles, and at myself because I was ready to throw him a lifeline, and my hardware went bad. I couldn’t figure out how to get to the right place, but that was, as we say in the business, classic and priceless and true Charles.”

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