Dec 6, 2013
Zone Defense Becoming More Popular in College Hoops

Wall Street Journal

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303722104579238230923365234

After his team won the Maui Invitational last week, vaulting to No. 4 in the rankings, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim received a phone call. On the line was John Calipari.

Kentucky’s coach was thinking about playing more zone defense—so he dialed up the master for advice.

“They’re the kind of team that’s long and could play zone, Boeheim said. I think he’s studying it, looking at it, trying to figure it out.”

So, suddenly, are teams across college basketball. For ages, the zone defense has been an oddity, a change-up encountered only occasionally outside of central New York. This season, though, zones are becoming less exotic.

College teams are playing zone on 21.6% of possessions thus far, up from 15.6% last year and the previous four years’ average of 17.6%, according to Synergy Sports Technology. The first month of this season also hints that the zone may factor into NCAA tournament upsets come March: Top-25 teams are staring down zones on 23.8% of their half-court sets.

Louisville, the defending national champion, has faced zone on 54.9% of possessions this season, more than every Division I team but California and Georgia Tech. Louisville is seeing zone from schools normally allergic to the defensive tactic, such as North Carolina, which handed the Cardinals their only loss this year by zoning for 32 possessions, including 27 times in the second half.

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Zone Defense Becoming More Popular in College Hoops

Wall Street Journal

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303722104579238230923365234

After his team won the Maui Invitational last week, vaulting to No. 4 in the rankings, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim received a phone call. On the line was John Calipari.

Kentucky’s coach was thinking about playing more zone defense—so he dialed up the master for advice.

“They’re the kind of team that’s long and could play zone, Boeheim said. I think he’s studying it, looking at it, trying to figure it out.”

So, suddenly, are teams across college basketball. For ages, the zone defense has been an oddity, a change-up encountered only occasionally outside of central New York. This season, though, zones are becoming less exotic.

College teams are playing zone on 21.6% of possessions thus far, up from 15.6% last year and the previous four years’ average of 17.6%, according to Synergy Sports Technology. The first month of this season also hints that the zone may factor into NCAA tournament upsets come March: Top-25 teams are staring down zones on 23.8% of their half-court sets.

Louisville, the defending national champion, has faced zone on 54.9% of possessions this season, more than every Division I team but California and Georgia Tech. Louisville is seeing zone from schools normally allergic to the defensive tactic, such as North Carolina, which handed the Cardinals their only loss this year by zoning for 32 possessions, including 27 times in the second half.

Click here to read the full story.






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