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Defence
1-2-1-1 basics


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1-2-1-1 fullcourt press, trap on the inbounds pass (thumbs down), keep trapping on a perimeter pass, the press is broken on a gut pass or penetrating dribble, fall back into a man-to-man or zone defence.

X4 is on the ball, shading middle.

X2 takes the first attacker on the left, in an intercept position, pushing 1 towards the baseline.

X3 covers the area on the right back to the top of the 3-point line extended, denying any attacker in his square.

X1 matches up with the next ballside attacker.

X5 has the last attacker, and is always the safety.

Option - deny the inbounds pass.

Alan Lambert - it is simple to fall back into a 1-2-2 or 3-2 zone.

See Defences - 1-2-1-1 Tennessee, Maryland, Canada, Alan Lambert, also Kentucky and Thumbs up (trapping off the dribble).

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a)

X2 and X4 trap an inbounds pass to 1, X1 and X3 are the interceptors, protect strongside and middle, X1 covers the sideline.

Bruce Pearl - don't trap an inbounds pass to the weakside, it's too far for X4 to run.

Billy Tubbs - always trap the inbounds pass, even to the long corner.

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Interceptors X3 and X1 are guarding three attackers, they read the passer's shoulders to position themselves.

X3 may be able to steal a pass back to 4, but don't give 5 the middle of the floor.

Variation - X3 moves up to cover ball reversal, X5 covers 5, leaving open a skip pass to 3.

Canada Basketball - a pass back to the inbounder is often least contested by interceptor X3, especially if the inbounder is a post player who is not a threat to dribble the ball.

Vivian Stringer - X1 becomes the thief, always behind the trap.

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b)

Trap again on a pass up the sideline, X1 traps with X2, X3 and X4 are interceptors, X3 covers a sideline attacker, X5 remains the safety.

See Defences - Billy Tubbs fullcourt zone, 2-2-1 Hubie Brown.

A coaching option is "one and done" - sprint back into the halfcourt defence on a completed pass out of the trap, or defenders are unable to set the trap.

Jim O'Brien - the press stays on for any backward pass.

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c)

Get back to a 1-2-1-1 set on ball reversal to 4, X1 mirrors the ball, covering middle, X5 protects the basket (4 could throw long, he is not double-teamed).


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If 4 is an early match-up, pressure the ball, make him put it on the floor, X2 or X3 will trap with X4.

If 4 is a dead match-up, get in the passing lanes, make him make a play.

Rick Pitino - if the inbounder is the other team's center (their 5), the diamond moves back and plays the passing lanes, otherwise the inbounder is pressured, encouraging an uncontrolled dribble.

Dean Smith - usually the inbounder is a big not known for his dribbling ability, if the inbounder is a dribbler, X4 could contain him with help from X2 and X3.

See Defence - 1-2-1-1 thumbs up (trap if 4 drives the ball).

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d)

If 4 passes to 3, X3 and X4 trap, X1 covers the sideline.

See Defences - 1-2-1-1 Kentucky, Alan Lambert, also Canada (X5 covers the sideline).

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e)

If an inbounds pass is made over X2 to 2, X2 can come back to double-team with X1, X4 and X3 are interceptors.

X3 would cover any attacker up the sideline, X5 protects the basket.

Dean Smith - if an inbounds pass is made over X2 to 2, X2 can come back to double-team with X1, X5 and X4 would be interceptors, and X3 the goaltender.

See Defence - 1-2-1-1 Australia (50 off).up

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