2019-20 Season

Film Room: Breaking down Oregon’s matchup zone defense

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. He’s helping us break down the ins and outs of Juwan Howard’s NBA-inspired offense with videos, breakdowns, and analysis throughout the season. 

Today’s Film Room focuses on Oregon’s matchup zone defense.

Michigan hosts Oregon on Saturday afternoon for a marquee matchup of top ten teams. The Ducks have been better on offense than defense this season, but Dana Altman’s defensive scheme is still difficult to prepare for.

Oregon’s defense presents many problems because it is a combination of man and zone. Oregon will typically start every defensive possession with some sort of press, this is typically to slow the opponent down. Typically it is a 1-2-2 press that will flow into their defense, either man to man or their matchup zone.

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