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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Baylor coach Scott Drew defends defense

Kansas' Jeff Withey ties the score at 30-30 with his 17th point in the first half during the Jayhawks' game against the Baylor Bears on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012 at Baylor.

Kansas' Jeff Withey ties the score at 30-30 with his 17th point in the first half during the Jayhawks' game against the Baylor Bears on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012 at Baylor.

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— Through 15 minutes, Baylor’s zone forced seven turnovers and appeared to be disrupting Kansas University’s basketball offense.

So what changed in the Bears’ 68-54 loss to the Jayhawks on Wednesday night?

“Them having a great coaching staff over there, they adjusted to it,” Baylor point guard Pierre Jackson said. “And we didn’t answer back.”

BU led, 27-19, with 4:42 left in the first half before KU went on a 37-7 run over the next 12 minutes.

During that stretch, the Jayhawks scored on 15 of their next 20 possessions.

Baylor coach Scott Drew, who often has been criticized for playing a zone too often with his long and athletic players, said his team’s zone defense wasn’t to blame against KU.

“I know first game people said we should have played more man or whatever. That’s why I love stats,” Drew said. “I think we were better in the zone in both halves. Up at Kansas, we were better in the zone. Here, we were better in the zone, but when we got down double digits, we had to speed up the game, and we went man.

“I thought a lot of their buckets came in transition and in some turnover situations. But defensively, especially for the first 17 minutes of the first half, our zone was great.”

A study of the film showed none of BU’s defenses was particularly effective in that 12-minute stretch.

During KU’s 37-7 run, BU played nine possessions of its morphing 2-3 zone. On those nine possessions, KU scored 15 points, for 1.6 points per possession.

To compare, KU averaged 1.1 points per possession coming into the game.

“I thought KU moved the ball better,” Drew said. “We didn’t rotate properly at the end of the half on a couple of situations that we did earlier on. That’s the toughest thing is when you do something right once and then you don’t do it right the next time.”

During the run, KU also scored 11 points on five transition possessions (2.2 points per possession) and 10 points on six man-to-man possessions (1.7 points per possession). Withey also put in one free throw after a flagrant foul was called on BU’s Quincy Miller.

“I thought for 13 minutes in the second half, we didn’t play or compete like we’ve done all year, and that was disappointing,” Drew said. “Even when we played up at KU and they beat us, at least we competed.”

Withey was KU’s best offensive player, posting a career-high 25 points. He had 10 points and 10 rebounds — nine offensive — during KU’s 92-74 victory over Baylor on Jan. 16.

“I don’t know why Withey likes playing against us so much,” Drew said, “but he looks like an All-American every time he does.”

Comments

REHawk 2 years, 2 months ago

"I thought...I thought...I thought...." "I don't know why...." Scott, Coach Self could explain it to you...but he couldn't understand it for you. Keep your chin up for Saturday's trip to The Paige. Defend that defense. Defend, defend, defend.

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missouricat 2 years, 2 months ago

Scott Drew is a class guy and a great coach. The big 12 is glad to have a great coach like him. He has out recruited every coach in the big 12 with his top recruiting class coming in. Good players know how good a coach is before signing on. Down grade him only makes an @ss out of you.

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Billy Derringer 2 years, 2 months ago

Lacas is another four year guy the will leave his mark on ku legacy. i have changed my opinion on 1 an done players over the last 5 years id take the four year warrior anytime.

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Robert Murphy 2 years, 2 months ago

I am betting right now that our recruited center Lucas, who is not highly rated, will become one of the top centers in the country and will be an All American at KU.

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bg97 2 years, 2 months ago

Baylor is the best AAU team in the country

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Bangkok_Jayhawk 2 years, 2 months ago

Drew is no Bill Self and they sure as heck don't have a Thomas Robinson on their team.

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69KUBBall 2 years, 2 months ago

I agree with teddibear. Been studying and analyzing college hoops since I played for the hawks in 69-70, and Drew has a lot to learn, but don't we all. His style reminds me of Steve Lavin at UCLA and now SJU. Great recruiter and average coach; and they're not the only ones. As has often been said here and on several sports sites, Drew and Lavin can promise playing time upon arrival on campus; that's the common mentality of HS players today....play without earning it, becuase you earn it last year in HS. At KU you earn it, and sometimes you earn it only to be put back on the bench unless you EARN IT every week.

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teddibear 2 years, 2 months ago

I suggest we not get too big headed about beating Baylor and Scott Drew. He has had some of the best recruiting classes in the country for several years now, including the class of 2012. He's young, inexperienced, smart, and trying to cut his coaching teeth against some of the best coaches in the country. He's a class guy, and a great asset for the Big 12. I hope he learned enough to knock off MU on Saturday. If he can do that, he will be our best friend.

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distracted 2 years, 2 months ago

I felt a pretty solid confirmation that Scott Drew wasn't in tune with the game flow was when Holly Rowe asked him at halftime what they needed to do better in the second half. He responded with "More efficiency on the offensive glass" instead of acknowledging some of the clear holes in the zone that were allowing the Jayhawks seemingly limitless opportunities at or near the rim. This question was posed seconds after the Hawks closed out the half on a dominating run to take the lead and Withey owning the first-half paint.

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William Blake 2 years, 2 months ago

It was insignificant which type of defense Baylor was in... the only factor was their players don't play defense, period. There is no discipline on that team because they weren't recruited to Baylor to go to work... they were attracted to Baylor because Drew told them they would be stars. So... Drew attracts the natural goof-off talent and has a high success rate at doing it. I don't care if they recruit a 9-ft gazelle for next year, we'll still kick their rumps.

When Connor easily penetrates a defense and has a lane for the rim that should say enough. He did that at least twice. Once scoring easily and once feeding Withey (I believe).

Now if we can just get EJ to start practicing his drive to the hole.... he doesn't have solid control on his dribble (too high). He just needs a little work on his drive and he'll instantly become a scorer instead of a lead brick specialist from 3sville.

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Cameron Schienebeck 2 years, 2 months ago

To quote a brilliant coach when asked if he ever played zone:

"I don't speak Spanish!" ~ Bob Knight

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jhox 2 years, 2 months ago

I said this in response to another article this morning, but I'll say it here as well. Zone defense doesn't have to mean bad defense. Look at Syracuse and the old teams under Cheney at Temple. If you're long and athletic, a match up zone can be a good thing. But if you're going to play that kind of defense, you better have a demanding coach, and one who makes you really get after it for 40 minutes. Don't get me wrong, I still prefer a tough man to man, but there have been a few coaches (very few) who have been able to coach successful zones with the right kind of players. Baylor has those kinds of players, but obviously not that kind of coach.

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Fletcher Anderson 2 years, 2 months ago

How does he continue to get top talent to commit to BU? What line is he feeding these recruits? I think it is time for a little NCAA investigation.

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hotrodm 2 years, 2 months ago

I hope Scott Drew continues to coach the way he does. He gives every team Baylor plays a 7 point advantage because of his mediocore coaching. KU is so lucky to have Coach Self and Coach Manning, they make most other Big 12 coaches look like amatures. Go Jayhawks, win another Big 12 championship.

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Janet Scott 2 years, 2 months ago

Drew may be a lousy coach, but he can recruit top players, sometimes to KU's detriment. Yes, he was far outclassed by HCBS, no question, He will survive at Baylor because he can convince top high school players to come to Waco, despite his total lack of developing those young players.

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KEITHMILES05 2 years, 2 months ago

Drew is a complete idiot. The "stats" prove he is dumber than rocks.

Hell, when his team plays decent man/man they are pretty good. But, he wants to resort to this sissy zone stuff which in turn doesn't make the players solid. It allows them to lull into sleep and less than regular players.

Geez, this guy is a trip. Yeah, go ahead and sing praises to your stupid zone and continue to get beat. LMAO

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Ralster Jayhawk 2 years, 2 months ago

Jesse, nice article! Scott Drouche says he loves "stats", well you showed him up with stats that prove nothing Drouche-bag did could stop KU.

Pierre Jackson is correct: Self>>>>Drouche

Scott Drew: "I dont know why Withey....". Stop right there, Drouche-->there's alot you dont know. And you keep proving it.

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SaltLakeHawk 2 years, 2 months ago

“Them having a great coaching staff over there, they adjusted to it,” Baylor point guard Pierre Jackson said. “And we didn’t answer back.”

Wow. Coming from a Baylor player.

Translation...

"Bill Self > Scott Drew"

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Mike Rotchurtz 2 years, 2 months ago

Let's call it what it is. Scott Drew isn't a very good coach.

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