In the ASU game, we lost because their guards were much quicker than ours. Whether that is always the reality, or we just didn’t come prepared, it was evident in this game.
I think they were too quick for us to fight through the screens. I thought we did the right thing.
But… we never defended against the drive. We were always totally out of position to do so. You can tell that when you see a defense that doesn’t even come close to be able to try to draw charges. Heck… we never had one of our players anywhere near being in front of their driving guards.
In order to defend against the drive, our guards need to get up there (in their grills) and HEDGE against their driving priorities. I can’t think of one drive they made to their left! Did you notice that? Where was our scouting? Why didn’t we hedge for the right side drive? Get up in their grills and challenge their crossovers. Few college players can execute a decent crossover. Very few.
If you replay the game, you will see our guards pulling back on their guards and with ZERO hedging. The very WORST strategy for stopping drives! The WORST! Their guards could then pick up speed, while our defenders are standing flatfooted, and then only need to curl around them to finish.
Did you notice their drives almost always ended up being “blow bys?” Their guards would finish near the rim and not even be challenged because we didn’t have a defender who could meet them at their release points.