Duke’s Zone Defense


Three good articles are linked below on Coach K’s mid-year decision to shift to playing zone defense. On February 11th against Georgia Tech, Duke rolled out a 2-3 zone that they used only sparingly in ACC play. For a team that struggled to get stops in the first month of ACC play, the zone has been nothing short of a revelation. There’s really good stuff in these two articles including Boeheim describing the difference between Cuse’s 2-3 and Duke’s, why Coach K thinks his team is talking more in the zone than they were in man-to-man, and the role the pick & roll had in all of this.

ESPN.com: Duke solved its defensive problems by taking a page out of Syracuse’s playbook (LINK)
Yahoo Sports: How three games made Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski rethink his defensive philosophy (LINK)
Sports Illustrated: How Duke Transformed its Defense from a Susceptible Shortcoming to a Special, Stifling Zone (LINK)

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