- Apr 20, 2009
As I mentioned during the game, a zone requires more focus and discipline than playing man to man. If we're not playing focused basketball playing man to man, playing unfocused basketball in a zone would've been worse. The only way I can justify playing a zone would be under the premise of nothing else is working. But logically, playing a zone the way we were playing would've been disastrous. There's a million things we could've tried. We could've tried an all freshman line up. We could've tried a five guard lineup. The question is what's the likelihood of it working?Playing a zone does matter. I think there is a difference between not playing with heart,not playing focused and getting punked than just overall getting beat by a team that you don't match up well with. The reason that we were in foul trouble,got out rebounded and beat to the 50/50 balls is simple. RI is bigger, stronger and quicker than VCU. This all falls on the coach! You have to play to the situation. At least try a zone! One thing I can tell you is RI is not going to consistently beat you by jacking up 3's. Make them change their style of play, don't let them keep forcing their style on VCU. Get them out of their comfort zone. If you let a team beat you the last 4 out of 5, I'm sorry but that all falls on the coach.