1) Transition Defense St. John's is known for quick hitters. They push the ball after make or miss and take shots in the first 8 seconds of the shot clock. UC was awful with transition defense in November. When SK drives Dion and Cash have to rotate back and cover for him.
The same works for Cash penetrations. With four guards the transition should be slightly better, but Parker often hits the offensive glass leaving him unavailable. Get back and get back with conviction. In a halfcourt offense STJ struggles. UC wins big if they can delay the attack just five seconds.
2) Ball movement STJ plays an aggressive zone. They like to pressure the ball and push up into the weakside offensive player too.
With so many scorers UC can afford to pass up semi-open shots for very open shots. Frankly SK has been hitting challenged shots all year, so this might not be addressed. We should see UC use both left and right sides of the halfcourt. Make the STJ players rotate swiftly. Change the point of attack.
Posted on 1/7 1:20 PM | IP: 188.8.131.52
Projected Starting Lineup
G 6-2 -- Phil Greene (6.4 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.2 spg)
G 6-3 -- D'Angelo Harrison (15.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.8 spg)
This is an excerpt from an article I was working on prior to this game. Makes more sense now than later.
Remeber the tired sports cliche, 'something has gotta give?' It is often used when one team thrives on offense whilst their combatants shut down opponents.
The game surely can't include great offense and great defense simultaneously, right? Something has gotta give!
This afternoon nothing need give at all. UC has the best three-point shooting (38%) in the BIG EAST. Today it will be pitted against an awful perimeter defense.
UConn's star Jeremy Lamb dropped four bombs upon Lavin's guards. Coach Rick Pitino's offense, which features multiple similarities to UC, found 22 outside shots to their liking. They offered early and often resulting in nine made triples.
Cincinnati must have outside success if they are going to thrust four guards into action. Wednesday's win did divulge Cronin's proclivity to alternate between four guards and 2-3 guard sets.
Regardless of the lineup many shot attempts will fly from outside the paint.
Mbodj, Jackson, and even Gaines are unlikely to dump buckets of buckets into the mix. Cincinnati's lone post scorer (Yancy Gates) certainly experiences long term love affairs with his own jump shot.