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Scouts' Takes
April 06, 2009
SI asked assistant coaches who had faced an '09 Final Four team to share their insights about its offense, defense and difference-maker
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April 06, 2009

Scouts' Takes

SI asked assistant coaches who had faced an '09 Final Four team to share their insights about its offense, defense and difference-maker

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WHEN THE TAR HEELS HAVE THE BALL
"You have to defend them one on one. They put five talented guys out there who can score, so you can't cheat off anyone. The key is slowing down Ty Lawson. You have to get back in transition and keep him in front of you. He's dangerous because he can get to the rim, he can pull up and shoot, and he can dump it to the wings. Deny him the ball at every opportunity."
WHEN THE WILDCATS HAVE THE BALL
"You have to defend on the perimeter because they have quick, terrific guards and they thrive on penetration. They get into the lane and create [shots]. You need to match their quickness on the perimeter [because] one way or another, they're trying to get in the paint, off the dribble or with ball screens."
ATTACKING THE HEELS' DEFENSE
"You have to cut hard against them (because they're so quick) and set aggressive screens [to] out-physical them. Get possession down deep. They like to double-team when you do, but if you go strong to the basket, you'll get them in foul trouble."
ATTACKING THE 'NOVA DEFENSE
"The most important thing to do is take care of the ball. Some say they play zone, but it's really man-to-man. They will switch, and there will be mismatches, and they'll be vulnerable inside because they're not a really big team. I would get the ball inside, but in order to do that you'll need to make sure your guards aren't overpowered."
X FACTOR
"Danny Green (above). When he shoots well from the perimeter, it opens things up inside. But if you get out too tight on Green, he can drive past you."
X FACTOR
"Corey Stokes is easy to forget about because they have Corey Fisher and Scottie Reynolds, but Stokes is an unbelievable shooter."

HOW TO BEAT NO. CAROLINA
vs.
HOW TO BEAT VILLANOVA

[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

HOW TO BEAT MICHIGAN ST.
vs.
HOW TO BEAT UCONN

[This article contains a table. Please see hardcopy of magazine or PDF.]

WINNER: NORTH CAROLINA
winner UCONN
WINNER: CONNECTICUT

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