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How to Bust a Zone
Alexander Wolff
March 16, 1998
From outside "We haven't seen a total of 30 minutes of zone defense all season long," says Arizona coach Lute Olson. "Some of that may have to do with the fact that we shoot the ball so well."
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March 16, 1998

How To Bust A Zone

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From outside "We haven't seen a total of 30 minutes of zone defense all season long," says Arizona coach Lute Olson. "Some of that may have to do with the fact that we shoot the ball so well."

At Its edges The philosophy of Iowa coach Tom Davis, which he first implemented at Boston College in the late '70s, is to use perimeter bounce passes to force a zone to shift, stretch and ultimately snap.

In the middle Kentucky's Antoine Walker flashed into the high post again and again during the 1996 NCAA title game to take passes and then pitch the ball outside to Tony Delk and Ron Mercer for three-pointers over Syracuse's 2-3 zone.

Over the top Try a zone on North Carolina, and one of your guys on the back line will get backscreened, Vince Carter will elevate, and Ed Cota will find him with a lob. If you've caught any TV highlight package since Thanksgiving, you know the result.

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