ATLANTA — After Florida lost to Michigan in the Midwest regional final, Gators head coach Billy Donovan said he thought Mitch McGary would be less effective against Syracuse’s 2-3 zone because there wouldn’t be the opportunities he had off the pick-and-roll game with Trey Burke.
While the pick-and-roll can still be effective against the zone, it does tend to eliminate the roll man as a primary option. Michigan will be searching for different ways to score the ball in half court sets against Syracuse’s zone.
“We have to change what we do because we’re going to see the zone for 40 minutes. We all know it,” Beilein said. “It’s something we have to practice hard at. We don’t see it very often.”
Michigan relies on a lot of isolation action with Trey Burke. Beilein knows that playing against a zone will render that portion of Michigan’s playbook somewhat useless on Saturday.
“Certainly when you play a zone defense, it’s going to negate isolation. We were able to isolate Trey