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Oklahoma State basketball: Cowboys could throw variety of defensive looks at turnover-prone Oregon

Expect OSU to flash a variety of defensive looks at the Ducks, sometimes switching on a whim, even mid-possession, in hopes of confusing and controlling the Ducks.
BY ANTHONY SLATER Published: March 20, 2013

 

Instead, expect OSU to flash a variety of defensive looks at the Ducks, sometimes switching on a whim, even mid-possession, in hopes of confusing and controlling the Ducks.

 

That's been the Cowboys' strategy all year. And it's worked, with OSU giving up only 62.8 points per game on 39 percent shooting.

 

“That's been our big thing,” Marcus Smart said. “We're going to make sure you don't score on us and we're going to try to shut you down on offense.”

 

In particular, look for OSU to fall back into their 2-3 zone more than usual. The Cowboys like to utilize it against teams that struggle to shoot the three, and Oregon falls into that category.

The Ducks shoot 32.3 percent from deep, 11th in their 12-team league. And in two losses to California this season (a team that many were comparing stylistically to OSU on Wednesday), they went a combined 4-of-27 from behind the arc.

 

So there are obvious areas to exploit, and Oklahoma State has the personnel and schemes to do so.

 

“We like to keep the other team on their toes a little bit,” said OSU center Michael Cobbins. “We'll show the press a little bit, back it off, throw some other looks.”


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