Purdue’s patience against the zone leads to a basket
In this possession, Purdue did everything right in executing against the 1-3-1 zone that Northwestern likes to often play. Let’s take a look at all the things they did well, with the end result being a layup.
The first point to make about beating this zone is to split the top defender with two guards. This gives the ballhandler an outlet if necessary, as the 3 foul line defenders hang back inside the three point line.
One of the best places to beat the 1-3-1 zone is in the corner. When the penetration by Lewis Jackson is cut off, he passes the ball to E’Twaun Moore in the corner.
Northwestern closes out well and Moore does not have a clean look at the basket. He swings the ball back to Jackson who immediately penetrates and kicks the ball to the opposite corner.
Again, Northwestern closes out well so Jackson ends up with the ball again at the top of the key. By this time, the defense has moved from side to side several times and are out of sorts. This gives Jackson an open lane to penetrate to the basket and finish the layup.
The key here is the ball movement and patience by the Boilermakers. By keeping the ball moving, they keep the defense moving. With the defense constantly on the move, they are going to find an opening.
This possession showed nice patience by Purdue. They did not try to force any action but they waited until their ball movement gave them an opening. This led to a fairly easy layup that Jackson converted.