WHEN THE MOUNTAINEERS HAVE THE BALL
The best approach to take is to pressure them into turnovers. Pick them up right away so they have less time to run their five-man motion. They move the ball well, and the toughest thing is that once they shoot, they really go after the offensive rebounds. Teams can guard their basic offense, but as soon as that shot goes up, you have to make sure to box them out.
ATTACKING THE MOUNTAINEERS' DEFENSE
They're very big, long and athletic. They switch on ball screens so they make things very difficult. It helps to push in transition and to speed them up so you can get a quick shot before their defense can get set. Once they get set in the half-court they are a very difficult team to go against, so you have to move the ball and look for a chance to get some back cuts.
They're going to use a lot of the shot clock, and they will look for their main guy, Da'Sean Butler (above), to take the shot. Deny him the ball and force another player to make a play.
HOW TO BEAT
WHEN THE BLUE DEVILS HAVE THE BALL