I have a question or maybe its two or three. When our Ben Ball Warriors keep getting beat off the dribble, like against Nova last night, wouldn't a zone disrupt that penetration? And even if our bread and butter is man-to-man, would it be a crime to just throw in some zone for a few possessions, just to give a different defensive look and disrupt the onslaught of layups gotten off the half court set?
Now I know CBH loves man-to-man and this year he once again has the athletes to run a tenacious man-to-man defense. But I also know that CBH likes zone as much as a vegan likes porterhouse steak; they both will only swallow it under dire circumstances. Yet, last year when CBH did implement a 2-3 D, he also said that he thought the team would have had a better record if he had made the switch to zone earlier in the season. At that time, I wondered if, having seen the zone work in certain circumstances, he might weave a bit of zone into his overall defensive repertoire in future years. I can't help but wonder if we had switched to zone against Memphis might we have slowed down the S.A.T. cheater or made it more difficult for Arizona's James Harden to score on the Bruins, just to name two circumstances.
I also imagine an added benefit of working on our zone defense is that the offense would get more practice against the zone. I have the impression we do not practice our offense against the zone in scrimmages as much as we practice our offense against man-to-man because we are working on our man-to-man D in scrimmages. Yet in games we are going to run up against a lot of zone this year. I don't know if this is true about practice, I am just speculating.
I know the virtues of man-to-man: you can create more turnovers; it also helps with disrupting set offenses, defending outside shooters, and boxing out. But what about the occasional times a major player keeps beating his man to the basket? I imagine if I had a chance to ask CBH this question, he would say the problem is we have to get better at help-side defense, that zone is not the fix, help-side defense is the fix. Is there something I have not covered? I would like to better understand why we are not likely to see zone at all this year nor probably in future.