Poor double team by Marquette gives Wisconsin an open 3
Marquette’s strategy to defend the post is to send a double team the majority of the time. When they do this, the double team needs to do one of two things: trap the post man and force him into a pressured situation or pester him and be in position to close out on the shooter.
In the following play, Jae Crowder’s double team accomplishes neither of these goals and it leads to an open three by Wisconsin.
The ball in entered into Jon Leuer on the block early in the game. Crowder is in great position to double the post, the Golden Eagles strategy throughout the game. Here he is sagging off of Keaton Nankivil after the entry pass is made.
What he should do is body up to Leuer, cutting off his vision. He is taking away the middle but is not putting any pressure on the ball, making a pass easy to see and make.
Here is Crowder’s position right before the kick out is made. Crowder is doing a good job of taking the middle away but Leuer is comfortable with the ball and feels no pressure.
Leuer is able to make a pass out to Nankivil that is on line and allows him to step into the pass and get off a quick shot. Since there is no pressure on Leuer, he is able to zip the pass to Nankivil before Crowder can close out.
Although Crowder succeeded in cutting off the middle, he failed in pressuring Leuer and denying the ability to make a good pass out to Nankivil.
Crowder should have been a step or two closer to Leuer, with his hands up and not allowing Leuer to make the pass out so easily. By forcing a tough pass to Nankivil, Crowder would have had time to close out as Nankivil gathered himself for the shot. Instead, the pass is easy to make and Nankivil is able to catch and shoot before Crowder can close out.