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Kentucky successfully defends a late inbounds play

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Earlier, we looked at several inbounds play in the same variety, culminating with this one by Notre Dame (here). Here is what I wrote on how to defend that play:

I think you have to hedge on the shooter and have the player covering the inbounder facing the play and taking away the roll man. You want to make sure that he is playing far enough away from the inbounder to not get the ball bounced off his back for a basket and to not wander too far out of the paint (as we saw Mississippi State do). This will hopefully make it difficult for the player coming across the paint to get open, while taking away any slip of the second screen.

Late in the game against Vanderbilt, Kentucky did just that and took away all the options on the inbounds. Unlike other teams, they were able to successfully defend the play and take away an easy bucket. Here’s a good look, courtesy of @earlyonions.  

Written by Joshua Riddell

March 2, 2011 at 5:39 pm

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