Kansas v. Purdue
In a game that has the chance to be one of the best in the tournament, Kansas vs Purdue features two extreme contrasting styles. Kansas’s style is very guard oriented with arguably the best backcourt in the country. Purdue’s front line is anchored by double-double machine Caleb Swanigan and the Boilermakers are one of the most physical teams in the NCAA Tournament.
The guard play by Kansas in the tournament has been something special. They have shown the ability to get in the lane, play in transition, and knock down outside jumpers. On the other hand, Purdue has shown all season long that they can defend at a high level. Purdue’s ability to keep Kansas’s guards contained is a tall task but it is a very important task if they want to pull the upset.
Kansas uses a lot of dribble weave action with cutters. This concepts allows for the defense to have to defend their guards in space.
Kansas – “Weave Action”
Kansas – “BLOB- Flex Action”
Purdue’s ability to score in the paint and make shots are key if they want to keep Kansas out of transition. Kansas will have it’s hands full trying to keep Purdue off the glass. Kansas will need to make some outside shots early, which will force Purdue to be stretched on defense and open up driving lanes. Settling for contested jumpers by Kansas will play right into the hands of Purdue.
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