Kris’ Monday Musings – Ball Screen D

Coach Tony Bennett’s team is struggling to defend on-ball screens.

With 4:20 to play in Virginia’s game at Auburn on Monday night, coach Tony Bennett stopped the action after the Tigers drained a 3-pointer to take a 66-58 lead. The called timeout was to address Auburn’s success with on-ball screens against the Pack-Line defense. The answer? A 3-2 zone, the first appearance of any kind of zone during Bennett’s tenure.

The move worked. The Tigers did not score again until Brendon Knox’s tip-in with 1.4 seconds gave the hosts a 68-67 win. Color commentator Cory Alexander asked Coach Bennett about the zone in the Virginia Sports Network’s postgame radio interview.