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Zone O-Create "Wing Up" with Shallow Cut

When attacking most zone defenses, particularly a 2-3 zone, one of the objectives should be to create a "wing up" situation, where a defensive forward in the zone must guard the ball at the wing (video clip included).


Zone Set-Cross Screen Curl Under

Here is a set play to get the ball inside against a zone defence.  The clip shows Butler using this play against Syracuse in the 2010 NCAA Tournament.

Zone Set-Exchange to Double Pin

Exchange to Double Pin is a zone set that is designed to create an open shot at the wing area for the best perimeter shooter. 

Zone Principles-Pin & Skip

A fundamental of zone defences is to have one or two defenders on the weak-side of the floor, usually one high and one low. Whether it is a 1-2-2, 2-3, or 1-3-1 zone defence when the ball is on one wing the weak-side will have a defender (or two) that can be easily screened.

Box X

This is a lob play vs. zone that University of Kansas used in the 2009-10 season against Baylor. Out of a high box set the Kansas big men screened down to prevent the forwards from Baylor from getting to a lob pass.

4 In

This is a simple play that works best against 2-3 zones that have the guard take the first pass to the wing.