Although this team is getting better at attacking a zone, offense against man defense still remains it strength. Devo, Ricky and AB just eat up those one on one matchups.
I would always play a zone against this team. Some teams have refused to do that and have paid for it. Cal is like Muss, he hates playing a zone. UK played man entire first half. He opened in zone in the second half, but quickly switched back when Hogs kept scoring, even though scoring was triggered by turnovers. And mostly staying with man, they eventually got blown out.
Wonder how Muss would defend this Arkansas team if he was coaching Kentucky on Tuesday.
Muss ain’t changing, even though sometimes I think it would make it easier for him if he would.
Coach Richardson had no problem switching defenses, but Muss is really stubborn, and our man is really, really good.
The argument against zoning on inbounds is, of course, you cluster under the basket and leave someone open for a corner 3. And we know Muss hates giving up 3s.
Eddie Sutton was a MTM guy but even he zoned on inbounds. Of course when he was here 3s were not a possibility.
I read somewhere that Bobby Knight, who also would not play zone even on inbounds, did so because when he was a player he was strictly a gunner and he didn’t want to get beat by a player similar to what Bobby was.