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Old Dominion overloads the zone

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The baseline is a vulnerable part of a zone defense, both for a player making a catch on the baseline and a shooter running corner to corner. By running baseline, they can run behind the defense undetected if the back line of the zone does not recognize them or communicate properly. We have seen before how a shooter can run baseline and use a screen to get open (here) but Old Dominion simply overloads the zone in this play and Trian Iliadias does not need a screen to get open.

Iliadias starts the play on the left wing and will eventually make his way to the right corner, by way of the baseline. He does this as ODU flashes a man to the high post and swings the ball to the right wing. This forms a triangle of sorts of ODU players, from the right wing to the high post to the corner.

Joey Rodriguez comes over to Kent Bazemore and is supposed to bump the current defender off the ball and to the corner. Bradford Burgess does the right thing by meeting Bazemore when he catches the ball but he is only supposed to stay there until Rodriguez can recover. Burgess then has to recover to his area on the bottom part of the zone. He does the first part of this correctly but sticks with Burgess a little too long and will be a little late recovering to his zone.

With Burgess late to recover to his zone and ODU sending a third man to the strong side of the court, VCU cannot find the shooter in time. DJ Haley needs to stay in the paint to defend from a high post entry and Iliadias is one more man than the Rams can defend. Without a screen, Iliadias gets open by simply sending more men to the right side of the court than VCU can cover.

This is a simple yet effective way to beat the zone. Overloading a side of the zone and forming a triangle as shown above, will often leave someone in a position to score. Here, we see that VCU is late recovering to the corner and it gives ODU an open 3.


Written by Joshua Riddell

March 8, 2011 at 3:32 am

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  1. If the ref’s didn’t want to get on TV as much. The outcome would have been much different.

    Tommy VCU

    March 8, 2011 at 3:55 am

    • I assume you mean for the entire game, not just for this play.


      March 8, 2011 at 3:56 am

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