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Our New Kryptonite?

Maybe I'm wrong here but it looked to me like ASU was playing an extended 3-2 zone today.  The goal of the 3-2 is quite different from that of the 2-3 or our old nemises the 1-3-1 (aka our old Kryptonite).  With the extended 3-2, the defense is going to limit good looks from the perimiter as there will generally be a defender for each wing and one for the top of the key.

At the start of the second half we made a solid adjustment by getting the ball into the middle of the zone by passing to a weak side cutter in the key.  This forced the perimiter defenders to collapse and helped us get open looks for ND on a few possessions.  Later in the second half however, the weakside and baseline defenders started trailing the cutter and taking away the middle which led to a lot of standing around on the part of our offense and subsequently a lot of bad shots late in the shot clock.

Our troubles with zone Ds in the past highlighted our relatively weak outside shooting.  Trouble with the 3-2 basically means that you don't have a solid offensive post presence to dump it to (no offense to AA2 but he definitely isn't the easy out the KL was in the post). 

I'm not gonna push the panic button here and say that we won't be able to beat an extended zone this year but I will say that if we are going to we will need more solid offensive contributions from AA2, JK or DG down low or at least some quicker dribble penitration from the wings out of JH or JS.

All that being said, I think most teams won't be able to execute this particular zone as well as ASU did today.

<em>This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of BruinsNation's (BN) editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of BN's editors.</em>

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