Watching last night’s dismantling of KSU, esp. the Jayhawk’s switch to zone to protect those in foul trouble and save the legs of marathon man, Devonte, I kept trying to make sense of what zone they were playing.
It sort of looked like a 2-3 zone, but then it looked like a 3-2, but in the end, it sort of looked like an amoeba zone! Devonte swung around the perimeter like a tether ball, following the rock to the point of a double-team zone. Is that even possible? He, and others, but mostly D-Tae, appeared to be tracking the ball and collapsing on it on the perimeter to the point of a ‘double-team zone.’ Is this a ‘match-up’ zone?
Whatever they were doing, KSU never put anyone in the middle of it to pass out of it from the top of the key, which might have been a failure to execute on their part, poor coaching and preparation, or the fact that KSU couldn’t figure out what that zone was either!
Never having played basketball myself in anything other than the occasional HORSE contest where I am, in fact, a driveway legend…can someone explain to me what a ‘match-up’ zone is?
Thanks in advance! Looking forward to what the “Buckets Brain Trust” comes back with.