Coaching Insight: Scouting Louisville
Peyton Siva
Managing Editor
Posted Apr 8, 2013

Michigan assistants Bacari Alexander and LaVall Jordan break down the Louisville Cardinals. The duo breaks down the dangers Louisville presents, Michigan's defensive keys, the #1 game key, and much much more.

On the number of weapons Louisville has…

Lavall jordan: “They’re really good and that’s part of what makes them really good. It’s not like you’re preparing for one guy… you’re preparing for nine guys, and everybody’s capable. You’ve got maybe five or six guys that can get you for 20 points, so you’ve got to be mindful and aware of each guy. Our guys are going to have to lock in.  Only got one day to prep to personnel and try to know tendencies the best we can, try to take away their strengths, and force them to do something else now. To their credit, they’re really good at what they do. They’re going to be aggressive, they’re going to attack, they’re great at getting to the foul line, and get to the offensive glass, so it’s going to be a battle of wills.”

On Michigan’s improvement defensively…

Lavall Jordan: “You know what, we spent a lot of time early on being good at defending on the ball. That’s where it starts. You’ve got to try to get good there first and then good in support, whether it’s in the gaps or deny, some teams deny, however you choose to support the guy on the ball and then rotationally, whether it’s Jordan Morgan taking charges, Mitch blocked a couple shots on rotation… so you’ve kind of got those three levels. If you’re good at all three, you become good and harder to penetrate.”

“I think the one that gives young guys the most trouble is the rotational thing. You don’t want to leave your man for fear that he might score and then you’ve got to get more of a team thought defensively. I think that’s where, when you’re new to college, most high school kids come and are like, ‘I’ve got my guy.’ So you’ve got to make the adjustment to team defense. That, as team goes on, the learning curve there and being comfortable enough to kind of leave your guy over there and help the guy with the ball, you get more and more comfortable knowing, ‘hey I can get back if that ball’s passed on and it’s in the air.’”

Comparing  Louisville’s Pressure to VCU’s…

Lavall Jordan: “I think the strategy is similar as far as the relentless pressure. They’re going to keep it on you… it’s 40 minutes. They’re not backing off.  I think maybe there’s a few different ways… trapping in the half court as well as the full court. Using a little bit more of the matchup zone in a half court, but the quickness and the relentlessness of it, it is non-stop.  So you’re going to have to be strong with the ball for 40 minutes. There is no let up. They are never out of a game.”

On if Pick & Roll Defense on both sides will be among the games biggest keys…

Lavall Jordan: “No question. Both of those guys, (Peyton) Siva and (Russ) Smith, you’ve got to make sure – you look like you’re watching tape in fast forward, but you’re not. It’s real speed.  They are one man fast breaks, both of them. They attack the rim probably like no one we’ve seen before. The best comparison we might have is the Johnson brothers from Purdue, where they’re going to keep coming and try to get two feet in that paint, but they’re really good at it. Our bigs are going have to be good, our guys off the ball are going to have to be good, and our guys on the ball obviously, got to keep them in front.”

On the game's biggest key...

Bacari Alexander:"They've got great overall team speed. We know that they are going to change defenses to keep you out of rhythm. One of the things we have to do is make sureattack when we need to attack, and execute halfcourt offense when we need to execute that. Tempo will be the #1 key in that particular game."

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