NCAA Tournament – Sweet 16 Preview – Part 2 by Wes Kosel
This article was originally published on Men’s Basketball Hoop Scoop.
The second group of 8 teams will play on Friday, all four being intriguing matchups. This side of the bracket is a little messier with Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Syracuse, and Gonzaga making it through, but still traditional “big basketball” names are left.
North Carolina Tarheels
North Carolina faced off against one of the best #16 seeds we have seen in Florida Gulf Coast. However, the Tarheels quieted all the people who were saying it could be the year that a #1 goes down with an easy win. Roy Williams and his Tarheels then easily beat Providence in the second round proving that they are on a mission to get back to the Final Four.
Pinch Post Drift
UNC used this play against Providence in the NCAA Tournament. The left side is emptied out with 5 going to the pinch post. The guard then acts as if he is cutting around for a handoff but instead pops out for a shot.
Indiana was expected to have a harder time with Chattanooga, but handled the Mocs easily. In the second round, the Kentucky/Indiana matchup was everything as fans we wanted. It was a close game with the Hoosiers winning over John Calipari’s Wildcats.
Horns Roll Down
Here is a set play used by Indiana against Kentucky. The first screener rolls into the lane and the second screener sets a down-screen for the player who just rolled.
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
The Irish had quite a difficult road getting to the Sweet 16. They first faced off against Michigan, who many thought had a good shot to knock off Mike Brey’s team. In the second round, it looked like Notre Dame was going to be the victim of SFA’s cinderalla run, but a last second tip in on an offensive rebound sent Notre Dame dancing into the Sweet 16.
Zipper Flare Wheel
Here is a set play used by Notre Dame in the game against Stephen F. Austin. The Irish use a zipper cut/flare cut combo to get into a wheel motion.
Wisconsin had won both games by grinding out low scoring battles. Many thought that the Badgers wouldn’t get past Pitt, but did so in a 47-43 slug fest. Against #2 seed Xavier, Wisconsin held it close and got two huge shots by Koenig to tie and win the game.
Wisconsin Game Winner
Wisconsin won the game on the SLOB play against Xavier. The play starts in a diamond and moves in a circle. The Badgers hit Koenig on the wing for the game winning shot.
Virginia beat Hampton easily then hung on against Butler to make it to the Sweet 16. The Iowa State matchup is intriguing because it puts the defensive minded Cavaliers against the offensive powerhouse Cyclones.
Flex Stagger Curl
Virginia used this set against Butler in the Round of 32. They throw to the post man after setting the flex screen and run the cutter off of a staggered screen on the weak side.
Iowa State Cyclones
The Cyclones are down this year with the change of head coaches right? Wrong… The Cyclones are back in the Sweet 16 and look to take down Virginia with their high powered offense. Niang will be a tough matchup for the Cavaliers, as he has been a tough matchup for everyone the last four years.
Reverse UCLA PNR
Iowa State used this play to invert the post and guards having Morris set a UCLA screen and then popping out. Once Morris gets the ball, McKay is there for the ball-screen.
Syracuse almost didn’t make the tournament, but Coach Boeheim has the Orange playing well and in the Sweet 16. Syracuse beat Dayton and Middle Tennessee State fairly easily, but will have a much tougher matchup with Gonzaga.
Spread Drag Iso
Syracuse used this play against Middle Tennessee State to get their 4 man on the right wing in an isolation situation. The Orange run a drag screen and pop the 4 man to the right wing where he has room to work.
Gonzaga beat Seton Hall easily in the first round and surprised everyone by absolutely dismantling Utah in the second round. The Zags were almost out of the tournament too, but are playing well now that they are in.
Horns Push Back Door
Gonzaga used this play to get an open layup against Utah. Against a team that pressures passing lanes, push the dribble towards the wing and send the player on a back cut. The horns set opens up the floor to give room to make the pass.