Posted by burnette on 1/8/2013 2:58:00 PM (view original):
There's nothing wrong with your defense, though. You're holding opponents to 41.5%
Sure, it's 41.5% against all opponents combined. But you have to look deeper at the games he's lost. Almost all have happened because of giving up too many offensive rebounds (-8 against IUPUI, -3 against Navy, -6 against Southern, -5 against Virginia, -9 against Temple!!!
) or because of FG% allowed (53% against Richmond, 54% against Rhode Island, 47% against UMass) -- you're walking into most close-ish games with a significant rebounding disadvantage by playing a zone. Offensive rebounds happen in the zone, you can't prevent them totally. But with a more well rounded SF and bigs that can block shots at a steady rate (95+ SB), a lot of the holes in his defense can be plugged.
It's tough, because he has some very good players, particularly guards. But the zone isn't about having good guards, it's about having beef down low to combat the gaps in the defense that lead to offensive rebounds/easy layups.
Only loss that doesn't fit is the Dayton loss, and that one looks like a bad sim combined with terrible FT shooting discrepancy.