Via Ken Tysiac of the Charlotte Observer’s ‘Observations From Above The Rim’ Blog, here is a glimpse into the defensive plans that State coach Sidney Lowe plans to employ tomorrow in Charlotte against Davidson:
- No junk defenses. â€œI donâ€™t think you change your defense. You just have to be more aware. You have to be solid. Mentally you canâ€™t have a breakdown, because he can burn you.â€
- Keep a fresh defender on Curry: â€œI think you have to try to stay fresh, because heâ€™s constantly moving to get open. No shot is a bad shot (for Curry), and when youâ€™re playing against a guy like that you canâ€™t afford to relax.â€
- Don’t IgnoreÂ teammates: â€œWe canâ€™t pay so much attention to Curry that we ignore the other guys. (Bryant) Barr can shoot the basketball. They have guys that can score the ball. They played against a team (Loyola, Md.) that doubled Curry the entire ballgame, and still (Davidson) won by. . .30 points.â€
On the surface, this sounds like a sound plan, and one can see where Farnold Degand’s play will be critical: keeping Fells fresh and sharp, especially for the stretch run.Â Lowe will also avoid making the blunderÂ of Loyola-Maryland’s head coach Jimmy Pastos and doesn’t plan on playing a Triangle-And-Two against Curry the entire game.Â LMD lost by 30 to the #24 Wildcats, so it’s obvious that playing 4-on-3 against the rest of the Davidson squad is a shortcut to getting routed.