2020-21 Season

Film Room: UCLA’s most common offensive sets in the NCAA Tournament

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 UCLA’s offense and what sets the Bruins are likely to run against Michigan. 

UCLA’s improbable run this far has been powered by great shooting from 3-point range as well as incredible shot-making from within their offense. Mick Cronin’s offense does not look anything like it did at Cincinnati, and he’s added far more modern concepts and sets. Michigan has seen most of these sets and actions before, Juwan Howard likely saw the origin story of one action from his time with the Heat.

Here’s a closer look at nine different sets the Bruins like to run and how they match up with Michigan’s defense.

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