Inside the play: Wake Forest baseline out of bounds play
In this post, we will see a baseline out of bounds play for Wake Forest executed for an open layup. Wake Forest comes out in the typical 4 across set that they use for a majority of their baseline out of bounds sets. This does not allow the defense to recognize their play based on the set. Although they may recognize the play based on the call, it is much easier to disguise the play call than the formation.
Ty Walker fades back with his hands raised, calling for the ball. He gets the ball in this position at the start of some sets, so the play is still somewhat disguised. JT Terrell sets a screen for Walker, so he can roll to the weak side of the basket. Walker is the first option on this play but Gonzaga switches the screen, so Walker is covered.
Mescheriakov comes from the sideline to screen the screen, JT Terrell. Marquise Carter thinks that they are going to switch this screen as well, so he stays in position to cover Terrell. However, Sacre does not switch the screen and stays with Terrell. This leaves Mescheriakov open when he slips the screen and rolls to the basket.
The miscommunication on defensive strategy by Gonzaga gives Wake Forest the layup. If the second screen was switched by Sacre, the play likely would not have worked as both Terrell and Mescheriakov would have been covered. Instead, a lapse by Sacre allowed the slip of the screen, leading to the layup.