Archive for Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Baylor coach Scott Drew defends defense

Kansas' Jeff Withey ties the score at 30-30 with his 17th point in the first half during the Jayhawks' game against the Baylor Bears on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012 at Baylor.

Kansas' Jeff Withey ties the score at 30-30 with his 17th point in the first half during the Jayhawks' game against the Baylor Bears on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012 at Baylor.

February 8, 2012

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Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

KU coach Bill Self

Kansas coach Bill Self talks to reporters following the Jayhawks' 68-54 victory over Baylor on Feb. 8, 2012.

Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

Baylor coach Scott Drew

Baylor coach Scott Drew talks to reporters following the Bears' 68-54 loss to Kansas on Feb. 8, 2012.

KU vs. Baylor

Box score

— Through 15 minutes, Baylor’s zone forced seven turnovers and appeared to be disrupting Kansas University’s basketball offense.

So what changed in the Bears’ 68-54 loss to the Jayhawks on Wednesday night?

“Them having a great coaching staff over there, they adjusted to it,” Baylor point guard Pierre Jackson said. “And we didn’t answer back.”

BU led, 27-19, with 4:42 left in the first half before KU went on a 37-7 run over the next 12 minutes.

During that stretch, the Jayhawks scored on 15 of their next 20 possessions.

Baylor coach Scott Drew, who often has been criticized for playing a zone too often with his long and athletic players, said his team’s zone defense wasn’t to blame against KU.

“I know first game people said we should have played more man or whatever. That’s why I love stats,” Drew said. “I think we were better in the zone in both halves. Up at Kansas, we were better in the zone. Here, we were better in the zone, but when we got down double digits, we had to speed up the game, and we went man.

“I thought a lot of their buckets came in transition and in some turnover situations. But defensively, especially for the first 17 minutes of the first half, our zone was great.”

A study of the film showed none of BU’s defenses was particularly effective in that 12-minute stretch.

During KU’s 37-7 run, BU played nine possessions of its morphing 2-3 zone. On those nine possessions, KU scored 15 points, for 1.6 points per possession.

To compare, KU averaged 1.1 points per possession coming into the game.

“I thought KU moved the ball better,” Drew said. “We didn’t rotate properly at the end of the half on a couple of situations that we did earlier on. That’s the toughest thing is when you do something right once and then you don’t do it right the next time.”

During the run, KU also scored 11 points on five transition possessions (2.2 points per possession) and 10 points on six man-to-man possessions (1.7 points per possession). Withey also put in one free throw after a flagrant foul was called on BU’s Quincy Miller.

“I thought for 13 minutes in the second half, we didn’t play or compete like we’ve done all year, and that was disappointing,” Drew said. “Even when we played up at KU and they beat us, at least we competed.”

Withey was KU’s best offensive player, posting a career-high 25 points. He had 10 points and 10 rebounds — nine offensive — during KU’s 92-74 victory over Baylor on Jan. 16.

“I don’t know why Withey likes playing against us so much,” Drew said, “but he looks like an All-American every time he does.”

Comments

dmc67 3 years, 6 months ago

“I don’t know why Withey likes playing against us so much,” Drew said, “but he looks like an All-American every time he does.”

Maybe because you play defense for about 7 minutes a game in that zone. Not a fan of the zone, but realize the teams like Syracuse, that are long and athletic and are made to play on both ends, have an advantage against teams who mostly see man-to-man. My dad always said, if they are much bigger or a great deal more athletic than you, play zone. If they are your same skill set and you can't stop them, it's due to lack of desire or ineffective coaching before the season ever starts. I really thought Taylor did a nice job of leading the team the last five minutes of the first half and then keeping everybody going after they jumped out to a 20 point lead. I have still not figured out why teams do not press and trap us more often. Releford, Johnson, and Taylor looked spent with five minutes left.

One a side note. Have you ever been to a place where your team is #6 in the country yet the P.A. has to urge the crowd to make some noise? Watching college games in Texas certainly makes me appreciate KU fans, not only for their enthusiam but their knowledge of the game. A&M fans are loud, but have no idea what is going on in terms of the game. They just know when it is time to chant, organized yell, or yell individually "sit down bus driver". Tech is non-existent, and the loudest Texas fans get is when Mack comes out before the game or at halftime to promise the next season. I am sure this exact conversation goes on about our football fan base.

cchamber 3 years, 6 months ago

Scott Drew tried to out coach Bill Self and failed.Now Drew has lost his players just listen and watch his players.

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