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Press breaks
LSU set


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John Brady

"Set"

Players sprint to their spots if they know they will be pressed after a foul shot or made basket. 2 inbounds. The same system is used against an odd-front or even-front press, with some adjustment of player positions.

On an inbounds pass to 1, 3 comes to the middle, 4 comes back, 2 steps in behind the ball, 5 goes long. It is better for 3 and 4 to be closer to the ball (12-15 feet) than farther away. There are always passes sideline, middle, back, and deep opposite. Ball fakes are good against any zone press.

If 1 is face-guarded he may screen for 3.

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On a pass to 3 in the middle, you've got numbers, you're gone.

On a pass to 4 on the sideline, 3 cuts in front of the ball to the sideline, 2 comes right to the middle of the floor. 1 trails. 2 and 3 are cutting hard to catch and score, 3 is also cutting to vacate and get 2 open behind him.

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Most presses give up the back or lateral pass. If 1 passes back, 2 takes two dribbles upcourt towards the sideline, 5 comes back into the backcourt, 4 goes deep, 1 slides behind the ball.
 
See Press breaks - Dave Odom (press attack).

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On the pass to 5, 3 cuts up the middle to the sideline, 1 fills behind in the middle, 2 stays behind the ball.
 
See Press breaks - Double middle.

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If 5 passes back, 2 takes two dribbles, 4 comes back wide.

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On a pass to 4, 1 goes in front of 4 on the sideline, 3 comes from behind to the middle.

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If 1 is denied the inbounds pass, 2 runs the baseline, 3 comes to that side, 1 goes middle, 3 and 1 are tied together.

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It's the same system on an inbounds pass to 3.

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