Everybody and their mother knows the Dawgs can’t compete against the 2-3 zone, hence every team plays zone against the Huskies.
UCLA employed the 2-3 zone for nearly the entire game Thursday, and in the end it was enough to defeat the Huskies.
The 2-3 zone is designed to prevent offensive penetration. Since the Huskies feature a number of adept penetrators, opponents are basically out to neutralize the likes of Isaiah Thomas, Venoy Overton, Quincy Pondexter, etc. by utilizing the zone.
Ideally, when facing a 2-3, an offense would like to enter the ball into the high post (the area around the free-throw line) and maneuver it through passes out of that area.