Before the hyperdefensive title whiners get all huffy about this, broken down refers to how our defense has been broken down every which way so far this year. It is not an implication that this team is dead in the water despite our glorious home victory over Pepperdine.
Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Eisenberg talked with a coach who has already played and beaten UCLA this season on how to gameplan against the Bruins. Not surprisingly, what he reveals couldn't be a more solid endorsement of what we've been saying about which players should get PT:
"Their big men are almost impossible to stop one-on-one, so we tried to help down low as much as possible. We said if they're going to beat us, they're going to do it making threes."
And of course that temptation is simply too much for certain players to pass up (**cough** Zeek **cough**). Who needs to work the ball from side to side and exhibit patience when you can just hoist up bad jumpers or take the first open seam the defense willingly gives you funneling you right into a trap?
What a lot of teams will do is use the guy he's (Joshua Smith) guarding as the screener. They play almost all man-to-man defense, so I think a lot of teams will try to bring him up to the perimeter and force him to hedge and recover.
Smith comes in? So should the zone. I think I've heard that before.
We were hoping we would be able to attack [the Wear twins] off the dribble. If they're going to play three big guys, one of the big guys has to guard an opposing three man and there are positives and negatives to that.
I disagree with Mr. Anonymous Coach here. There are negatives and negatives to that. No more Wears at 3. Ever. Not when you consider the next point.
"[Freshman guard Norman Powell] is incredibly athletic. As he gets more and more confident in their offense, he's going to get better and better. He's virtually impossible to stop off the dribble. If he can make his outside shots, he's going to be a very effective player."
Powell played 22 minutes against Pepperdine. I'd say that's still not enough.
They've got really good inside guys and they run really good sets for each of them, but defensively they're going to have to figure out ways to stop people.
Figuring out a way to stop anybody would be a great start.
If opposing coaches know this, and we know it, I hope that our coaching staff knows it too and is now making the proper adjustments.