Sweet 16 Preview – Midwest Region

By Andrew Lacey

Josh Jackson

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.

Important Sets/Actions

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 Weave


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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Andrew Lacey

Head Coach at Richard Bland College of William and Mary
Successful head coach at Richard Bland College of William & Mary in Virginia. Coach Lacey has a proven track record running all aspects of a program. Accomplishing 166 wins coaching at the high school level; with a proven ability in developing basketball programs into playoff caliber teams with an emphasis and focus in preparing student-athletes for college-level competition. Coach Lacey guided Varina HS team to the VHSL Class 5 State Title during the 2018 season, along with the 2019 5B Regional Title and 2018 5B Regional Title. He was named VHSL Class 5 State Coach of the Year. An article of his titled "Using Ball Screens in your Motion Offense" was published in Winning Hoops Magazine in September 2015. Coach Lacey is also the founder of Andrew Lacey Basketball and the host of his on podcast called "It Takes What It Takes."
March 19, 2017 – USA – Kansas’ Josh Jackson (11) and Frank Mason (0) led the Jayhawks on a torrid second-half run as they put a 90-70 licking on Michigan State on Sunday, March 19, 2017 in the second round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla. (Credit Image: � Rich Sugg/TNS via ZUMA Wire)

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