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05-02-2017, 05:18 PM
As a coach, I thought this was interesting. Randy also makes note of how the zags apply p&r principles with two bigs. Thought some of you might enjoy this:


05-02-2017, 07:29 PM
Good stuff Gael.

05-02-2017, 07:34 PM
Good stuff

Wonder why no discussion about footwork for roller ( good roll footwork, good slip footwork and good pop footwork)and player with ball footwork prior to engagement

05-02-2017, 09:02 PM
Very efficient because of the succession of guards he has had. McConnell, Dellevadova, Rahon and Naar all had the ability to keep their dribble alive until the moment of decision. Delly was one of the best pick/roll guys I've ever seen in College. His decision making was off the charts.

The middle screen/roll is what killed the Zags year before last. It put Wiltjer in a bad position seemingly every time down the court. Zags defended it so much better last year. Karno was surprisingly mobile defending that with a strong hedge and recovery. Collins was even better. Also, Goss and Melson were able to anticipate where Naar or Rahon were headed and got there first. That resulted in Landale trying to cheat on his screens which ended badly for him with offensive fouls.

Next year, Tillie and JW3 will blow the middle screen/roll up. Their defensive footwork will allow them to defend that without much help from the wings allowing defenders to stay home on the shooters. Bennett will probably go to what he calls horns which requires reversing the ball to the top after the screen action to set up an entry pass to the post or a skip pass to the opposite wing. Should be interesting.

05-03-2017, 09:03 AM
Also, look for Bennett to use more back door cuts off the horn setup. Point gets screen from big guy. Big guy pops to top of key. Point dribbles towards wing. Wing guy cuts back door for layup or continues through paint and finds opposite wing for three. Can't wait to see these two coaches (Few and Bennett) play chess.

05-03-2017, 09:31 AM
hey that was a fun read, thanks MBAGael

Few and co.s approach to defending Bennett's SMC pick and roll has varied over the years and evolved a lot seems to me. Much more Hyper aware of not giving up open 3s to good shooters, Zags don't commit perimeter help as a base philosophy to defend the dribble penetration and help in the paint the way they used too. This past season Zag guards dug haaard over the top of screens relatively successfully, allowing them to deny the penetration while not giving up the roll to SMC. But they can't do that all game, too bruising and the grab/hold/roll never gets whistled, so Zags also jumped the screen on occasion and, like in Vegas, sent help from the strong corner which was typically JWIII leaving Pineau open who hesitated to pull the trigger when dared. Having Shem and Zach as recovering rim protectors if they did end up at the rim after the roll was an incredible luxury even if SMC executed. will Zags have defensive flexibility like last year, to pressure the push/bump/roll O with variations and changing Ds, or will Bennett's grab/bump/roll O with it's variations and flexibility have the upper hand?

I can't wait to watch them play chess too!!