Missouri’s effective trap of the post
Missouri ranked 34th in turnover percentage last season and I fully expect them to be a top team again this season. After watching the game today against North Florida, there were several different directions I could have taken this post when focusing on how Missouri forces their turnovers.
I decided to focus on their doubling of the post man and how they force turnovers off of this action.
There are several keys to this trap but I think the main one is the different places the trap comes from. In this clip, we see the trap come from the top of the key, where the UNF player can see the defender.
From watching the game, it appears as though the strategy is to send a double team on the post, but there is no set place where the double team is going to come from.
What happens here is that both players sag down to double the post, creating a triple team.
The key is that the players have their hands up and are close to the offensive player, basically the exact opposite of how Hofstra was trapping against UNC. This is a very effective trap, as it will cause the post player to panic and also takes away his sight lines.
With UNF players not getting into a good spot to be an outlet for the man with the ball, a turnover is created.
In this clip, the trap comes from the weak side defender where the post man cannot initially see it. This helps the effectiveness of the trap. Even though some situations as the one above might occur where two help man trap, by not bringing the same player to trap every time, it throws the offense off even more.
Looking at the play, there are three players that could double the post. Since the offensive player does not know where it is coming from, he tries to make a quick move before the double team comes.
However, he turns right into the double team and causes a turnover. If the defender of the entry man would have doubled down (as above) this would have been a good move. Since Missouri switched it up and brought the weak side man, the offensive player turned right into it.
By changing where the second man comes from, Missouri has the ability to confuse even the best post men. Although they may be suspect to easy baskets, I think they will force turnovers or tough shots more often than not.