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SCOUT'S TAKES
April 08, 2013
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April 08, 2013

Scout's Takes

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WHEN THE ORANGE HAS THE BALL

Containing Michael Carter-Williams is the biggest thing, but now that James Southerland is shooting well, there's more space for him to drive. It's so important for the Wolverines' bigs to sprint back; Syracuse looks for alley-oops early, and half of Brandon Triche's threes come in transition. He loves that left side.

ATTACKING THE ORANGE DEFENSE

You have to get into the teeth of the 2--3 zone with dribble penetration or a pass to the high post. After you go inside-out, it's the third pass that gets you a good look. Once the ball goes into the short corner, it's a turnover. The weak link is Carter-Williams; he's a little slow-footed. Forcing him into a close-out situation is what you want.

X-FACTOR

Triche. I've seen nights when he's had around 30 and others when he played 18 minutes and I didn't know he was out there. When he's invisible they really struggle; when he's good they're running on all cylinders.

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WHEN THE SHOCKERS HAVE THE BALL

You need to change up your defense—you can't let them get into rhythm. Another key is to box them out. They all fly to the offensive boards. They're not shooting a great percentage from the field, but they use those extra possessions to take your will from you. You have to be a high-level communication team on defense. They run a lot of screen actions, a lot of misdirection plays to try to get you to mess up.

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