Q & A with Ryerson head coach Roy Rana

Ryerson basketball head coach Roy Rana spent a few minutes with CuseNation.com and discussed the team's first trip to the Carrier Dome, facing the infamous 2-3 zone and his relationship with Orange freshman point guard Tyler Ennis inside.

Syracuse will look to remain perfect in exhibition on Tuesday evening when the team squares off against Ryerson University at the Carrier Dome.

The Rams are coming off a 64-74 loss to McMaster over the weekend while Syracuse routed Holy Family, 79-41, last Friday.

Rams head coach Roy Rana discusses the trip to the States:

On playing Syracuse in general: "It's an opportunity to play a different level of competition. It's a great experience for our kids. I just think it has so many benefits for us. Obviously it's going to be a challenge for us. Syracuse is one of the best teams in the country. It's an honor for us to come to the Carrier Dome and play a team coached by Jim Boeheim. It's good opportunity for us to get better."

Where you able to watch Syracuse in Canada?: "Unfortunately, I did not get a chance to get up there and watch them play. (Syracuse) had some good games up here which is great for our level. Obviously, a different rule set playing FIBA rules, but they are an ultimate, formidable program. It will pose an incredible challenge."

Playing under North American rules: "We are not really focusing on the rule changes and the longer court. We do have more time off so it gives us more of an opportunity to teach. For the most part, though, we don't change what we do for a longer court."

Can you tell CuseNation.com your starting five? Jahmal Jones, Aaron Best, Bjorn Michaelsen, Kadeem Green, and Jordon Gauthier.

"Jones, Michaelsen and Gauthier have been the foundation pieces for us the last couple of years. We've added Kadeem Green, too. I think he is going to be a good piece for us moving forward. We are a little bit deeper this year."

**Lineup may be subject to change come game time.

On fellow Canadian, Tyler Ennis: "I actually coached Tyler on the U-19 national team at the World Championships in Prague. I know Tyler really, really well. He is just a savvy guard in so many different ways. He is just that good."

On the infamous 2-3 zone: "We don't see that much zone in our league. I think we are going to have to be aggressive. We are just going to have to attack the zone's length and size."

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