Mike Scott and the UVa frontcourt have a big challenge against GT.
The Virginia men’s basketball team faces its second straight ACC opponent on Wednesday night and it hopes to pick up its second straight conference win. Defeating Georgia Tech is no easy task, however, thanks to the Yellow Jackets’ size in the frontcourt. Let’s take a look at the scouting report.
Much like N.C. State’s offense, the offense UVa will see against Georgia Tech is based on getting the ball into the post as quickly and as often as possible. The way the Yellow Jackets go about that however is quite different. Georgia Tech likes to push tempo and try to get a quick entry pass before the defense is able to get set with its responsibilities.
If the initial read doesn’t work, Georgia Tech likes to run its guards, particularly Mfon Udofia , from one side of the court to the other with the ball. In many systems teams use a dribble handoff with this cross action, but Georgia Tech instead uses this movement to set up screens going both toward and away from the flow of the ball along with sneaking up a ball screen that is hard to identify.
The third part of the play is determined by the way the dribble action across the court was managed, but once that has occurred the first look is once again inside. While the ball is coming across Georgia Tech’s dominant post players, Gani Lawal and Derrick Favors, sometimes screen for each other, flash strong, or flash for teammates and then come to the ball. The most effective look the Jackets give out of this is when they flash one of the bigs to the high-post on the ball-side while the other post is down on the block. Putting a high-low look in eliminates help from the opposing post and in many defensive systems it takes away your weak-side help completely. It is all the more difficult when it is Lawal cutting high post because he is good enough of a shooter that he has to be denied.
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