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1-3-1 Zone Defense – Complete Coaching Guide

The 1-3-1 zone defense is a unique defense that is run by teams at many different levels. It’s been successfully run by many youth teams all the way up to college basketball where Coach Beilein uses it as his base defense for Michigan. In this article, we’re going to be discussing both the half-court 1-3-1 zone defense […]

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1-2-1-1 Press (Diamond) – Complete Coaching Guide

The 1-2-1-1 full court press is an aggressive full court press with many different variations that can be made to suit your team and/or to give you an advantage over the opponent you’re playing against.

Similar to a 3-1-1 press except that in the 1-2-1-1 press the front middle player starts close to the baseline pressuring the inbounder instead of starting around the free-throw line.

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2-2-1 Press – Complete Coaching Guide

The 2-2-1 press is traditionally a 3/4 court press. It gives your team great trapping opportunities while being a good press for containment and not allowing easy scores on the other end of the floor. Like all presses, the 2-2-1 press is best run against teams that lack a true point guard and aren’t great dribbling […]

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2-3 Zone Defense – The Complete Guide

The 2-3 zone is by far the most common zone in basketball and is more than likely the specific formation that will come to a coaches mind when they hear the term ‘zone’ relating to basketball.

The 2-3 zone defense involves two players across the top of the zone near each high post; these players are referred to as the ‘guards’ (1 and 2), two players a step outside of each block; known as the ‘forwards’ (3 and 4), and a player in the middle of the key referred to as the ‘center’ (5).

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Pack Line Defense – The Complete Guide

The ‘Pack Line defense’ was created by Dick Bennett of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Wisconsin-Green Bay, University of Wisconsin, and Washington State. It is now commonly used in some form by many coaches including Tom Izzo at Michigan State, Sean Miller and Chris Mack at Xavier, Tony Bennett at Virginia, and Steve Alford at UCLA. For a bit […]

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