“The player development is the main thing I like (about Michigan),” Williams said. “You can see that they develop their players. They get them in the gym and they work them hard. And their hard work pays off.”
Randomly putzing around on the YouTubes, I came across this. This is awesome material, not just for the video breakdown but also because the guy drew up all the play diagrams as well (link below). Must see stuff for those that like to breakdown basketball the way many breakdown football on this site (Also, for those who, in your weakest moments, say "OMG BEELINE DOESN'T RUN AN OFFENSE, THEY JUST PASS THE BALL AROUND." I keed, I keed.)
PDF of the play diagrams:
Very cool stuff and some of it gets kinda complicated. And, note this is just stuff JB has run against the 2-3, which is probably the least common defense you see at the college level. I'd be interested in seeing which of this stuff they also try to implement against the 1-3-1. Makes me want to go back and watch some of the games against Matta's 1-3-1.
Edited to make comment meant to be in jest more in jest.
They should have sent a poet.
Seems that Coach Boeheim has posted a play which Pitt used successfully against his 2-3 zone. Check out the second "2-3 Zone Buster" here: http://www.championshipproductions.com/news/2011/09/21/two-dynamic-set-plays-to-beat-the-2-3-zone-defense/
NCAA TOURNEY TRUE FACTS:
OK, that one's not much of a stretch.
that's why the Allies recruited them VS the Nazis in WWII.
the RAF carpet bombed Germany with basketballs. The 2-3 zone took care of the rest.
Love to hear any of yours-
In case anyone is interested in watching replays of UM-Florida (giddy laugh), UM-VCU, or UM-SDSU
- Michigan - Florida (Wed 04/03/2013 - noon ET and 9pm ET)
- Michigan - VCU (Wed 04/03/2013, 4pm ET and 7pm ET)
- Michigan - SDSU (Wed 04/03/2013, 2pm ET)
Also, the network is showing three Syracuse tournament games. I'm hoping to watch some of these before Saturday to get a better outlook on what we're facing:
- Syracuse - Montana (Thurs 04/04/2013, 2pm ET)
- Syracuse - Cal (Thurs 04/04/2013, 4pm ET)
- Syracuse - Marquette (Thurs 04/04/2013, noon ET and 10pm ET)
"Everybody's talking about the 2-3 zone," Thompson said. "That's not a 2-3 zone. The 2-3 zone has been with us since the dawn of time. It's the way it slides and moves out there, like a damn amoeba.
"The only time it's a 2-3 zone is when they're waiting for you to bring the ball to it. Then, it becomes something else."
It is as old-school as it gets — the defense that every Y league team puts in when its roster gets too old, or too fat, or too lazy to play man-to-man anymore. It's the first defense besides the man-to-man that young players ever see, or that they learn to play. In the hands of Syracuse, though, especially this Syracuse team, it is like seeing something you've become accustomed to grow deadly all at once. It's like walking into your front yard and discovering your garden hose has become a Gaboon viper.