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Defensive adjustments....(no more zone!!)

Posted: 2/21/2013 9:22 AM

Defensive adjustments....(no more zone!!) 


I'm very happy to see Coach Crean finally drop the zone the last few games.  Coming from a coaching background, I understand playing zone occasionally to throw something different at the opposing offenses, or because we're in foul trouble.  But with our athleticism and length, I think its very harmful in our games, especially close games.  It gives the opponents wide open looks and we then struggle to rebound as efficient.  Maybe someone got into Crean's ear finally, but the zone I believe was hendering us more than helping.  Any thoughts?
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Posted: 2/22/2013 4:44 PM

Re: Defensive adjustments....(no more zone!!) 


Defenses are only as good as their execution, and frankly, we have not executed our zone defense particularly well.  If we are active, rotate quickly, and close out on the man with the ball, our zone is a decent weapon to mix in with other defenses.  Personally, I like the zone as a default defense on out-of-bounds plays, particularly on the baseline.  

Against a team like Illinois, which features strong outside shooting but a weak inside game, the zone is not the weapon of choice.  As you mention, it can give open looks from deep with just a few passes and ball reversals.  Long rebounds often result from long shots, and blocking out is very difficult.  Having said that, had we zoned on the last play at Illinois, the outcome could very well have been different.

IMO, there is simply no good defense against a talented team that passes well, moves without the ball, and plays unselfishly.
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Posted: 2/23/2013 12:10 AM

Re: Defensive adjustments....(no more zone!!) 


Yes one thing I also have seen from our zone is that we overplay our positions and players. Zone must be communicted well within the defense. They have to in a way "move as one" but not overplay any one spot. They seem to never take good angles and are weak closing out. With that being said, I have never minded zone out of bounds. But I just believe on the defensive side of the ball we can match up with anyone and everyone. He was falling in love with the zone for awhile and he has seemed to get away from it again. I dont think its a coincidence we are playing our best ball.
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