Tide hoops expects heavy dose of zone defense

If you saw Alabama’s basketball loss to Georgetown last week, you saw how effective the Hoya zone defense was. That’s the topic of today’s story in the printed editions:

TUSCALOOSA — A pained look washed over Trevor Releford’s face in the second half of Alabama’s loss to Georgetown last Thursday.

The Hoyas’ zone defense was just that frustrating. And the sophomore point guard expects to see more of the same at least for a while.

That challenge starts with the tonight’s trip to Dayton (5-3). Releford and the No. 16-ranked Crimson Tide anticipate a healthy dose of the zone defense that was so troublesome in the 57-55 loss to Georgetown — a season-low scoring performance for Alabama. The extra emphasis on attacking that defense began the day after the first home loss in 24 games.

Alabama (7-1) missed its first 11 attempts from 3-point range against the Hoyas, but Tide coach Anthony Grant said that isn’t everything.

“The fallacy there is people think that to beat the zone you have got to shoot the perimeter,” he said. “I disagree with that. Obviously there’s a lot of different ways. But I think no matter what you’re doing, the ball has to work inside to out, whether it’s man or zone.”

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