2020-21 Season

Film Room: How Michigan built the best defense in the Big Ten (Part 2)

Film Room is an X’s and O’s breakdown of Michigan basketball by Gibson Pyper. Pyper has diagrammed almost every offense in college and professional basketball at The Basketball Playbook and is an expert on the X’s and O’s of the game. If you want to learn more about the concepts that Pyper breaks down, make sure to check out his new project, Learn Basketball, an interactive course about basketball strategy, film study and X’s and O’s. 

Today’s Film Room looks at how Howard has built Michigan’s defense which is best in the Big Ten and ranked first in the Big Ten and 9th nationally in defensive efficiency. 

The first thing Juwan Howard told his assistants this offseason was that he needed Michigan to become a “kick-ass defensive team,” and he was disappointed with the results on that end of the court. In his second year, the Wolverines have jumped from 28th to 6th nationally in adjusted defensive efficiency and lead the country in 2-point defense.

In part one, Gibson Pyper explained Michigan’s core defensive concepts and looked at how the Wolverines defend key actions. In today’s part two, Pyper breaks down Michigan’s various ball screen coverage and why Michigan’s occasional switch to zone defense is so effective.

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