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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Baylor coach Scott Drew

Baylor coach Scott Drew talks to reporters following the Bears' 68-54 loss to Kansas on Feb. 8, 2012.

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Box score

— 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.”


Mike Rotchurtz 8 years, 8 months ago

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

Michael Bratisax 8 years, 8 months ago

Can't play man-man, his 2-3 zone is soft. On offense his teams play individually w/little ball movement. Everyone looks for their shot first.

SaltLakeHawk 8 years, 8 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.


"Bill Self > Scott Drew"

Ryan Shelton 8 years, 8 months ago

Ditto. Everybody is throwing everybody else under the bus down there.

KEITHMILES05 8 years, 8 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

KUFan90 8 years, 8 months ago

He also uses PJ3 completely wrong on offense. The announcers picked up on that in the game last night as well. Drew has no effective offensive game plan to take advantage of his height and athleticism.

At least Drew is consistent. He consistently sucks at coaching both ends of the floor.

Jayhawk444 8 years, 8 months ago

this is what is baffling. how does he do this? look at the NBA big men coming out of the Self era (which does overlap with the Williams era a bit) - Simien, Wright, Jackson, Arthur, Aldrich, Morris, Morris....TRob and maybe Withey coming up. How any high school big being recruited by KU can look at that list and and then pick Baylor is certainly puzzling

Jim Williamson 8 years, 8 months ago

Scott Drew cheats his @ss off. Get four or five drinks in just about any coach in the Midwest and ask them how Scott Drew draws elite athletes to Waco. The answer will be highly educational for anyone who thinks Drew is the fine, upstanding, God-fearing man Baylor paints him to be.

hotrodm 8 years, 8 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.

shelleysue 8 years, 8 months ago

Let's hope they don't give Missouri that edge, because we need a Baylor win on Saturday to go with a win at KU.

8 years, 8 months ago

Unfortunately for us, if Baylor plays at MU on Saturday like they played last night, they will get blown out by the Tigers.

Fletcher Anderson 8 years, 8 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.

BigJayhawkPhan 8 years, 8 months ago

Tick tock, tick tock. The investigation is coming.

RockChalkWoody 8 years, 8 months ago

He tells them that if they come they won't have to play defense. lol

Jayhawk444 8 years, 8 months ago

You say that like it's a joke, but I bet it's more of a reality that we all might think. Maybe not so much Drew telling them directly they won't have to play defense at Baylor, but they do know that if they go to KU, they will have to defend to be on the court. Check out Keegan's column today. Players know that KU plays solid defense which requires hard work. So some players looking to the easy path to the NBA might see Baylor as a way to get on the court, showcase their game in front of scouts, and get to the NBA without having to work hard on defense just to get on the court. Sad...but that could be in the backs of the minds of some of the recruits that pick Baylor over KU

JD Roth 8 years, 8 months ago

You hit it on the head and defense (hard work) is a big reason KU is 7 time defending BIG XII Champ. Now I want to see this tight defense later in the Big Dance. Tired of these losses in March to unheralded programs. Those losses have chipped away somewhat at KU's great tradition, even with the 2008 National Title.

jhox 8 years, 8 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.

Cameron Schienebeck 8 years, 8 months ago

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

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

Robert Murphy 8 years, 8 months ago

Bob Knight is a true American treasure. I totally look forward to the games he works. One of the greatest coaches of all time.

distracted 8 years, 8 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.

teddibear 8 years, 8 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.

Hawker316 8 years, 8 months ago

Hmmmm........if anyone should heed the advice of not being to big headed it would be your "friend" Scott Drew. Every broadcast, sportcenter, college basketball show, etc., I watch every expert says the same thing. That Baylor isn't doing themselves any favors by sticking to a zone defense and thaf if they are to make a run in the tournament adjustments will need to be made. I've watched quite a few of Baylor's games this year and really haven't noticed any in-game adjustments ever being made. They have an immense amount of talent and a complete lack of guidance in how best to implement their ability in game situations.

And I'm pretty sure that class and Scott Drew's name don't belong in the same sentence. You might want to consider arrogant or phony as an alternative.

JD Roth 8 years, 8 months ago

Class guy??????????? You ever see how he shakes hands with Self after another Baylor loss to KU??????? Class Guy my ass!!

Todd Hill 8 years, 8 months ago

Uhhh I think that is HCBS. Drew is the only person that HCBS does not try to talk to during the handshake. It is almost like he is discusted with that waste of talent. Just my observation.

TeeJayMac 8 years, 8 months ago

I absolutely agree with your sentiments about Scott Drew. He is an asset for college basketball. Bashing opposing coaches does nothing but make us look like jerks - especially when he's done nothing to deserve it. Let's not stoop to the level of Missouri fans!

69KUBBall 8 years, 8 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 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.

Bangkok_Jayhawk 8 years, 8 months ago

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

bg97 8 years, 8 months ago

Baylor is the best AAU team in the country

Robert Murphy 8 years, 8 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.

Billy Derringer 8 years, 8 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.

REHawk 8 years, 8 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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