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Breaking Down The Huskies’ Problems With The 2-3 Zone

Without worrying about rhetoric, here’s the biggest problem the Huskies are currently facing in their game planning: the zone defense.

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.

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