Creighton crams for Tide with 8 defenders, zone defense

Trevor Releford in practice today (AP photo).

It’s one thing to write about the contrasting styles of Alabama and Creighton. Actually revising game plans can be quite another challenge.

The days leading up to the 12:40 p.m. Friday matchup in the NCAA second round have been quite a challenge for the Bluejays in particular. Learning to play against Alabama’s full-court pressing defense was insane.

All-American Doug McDermott said the team used as many as eight defenders to guard five to simulate the aggressive style.

“We have to put in a football playbook of sets for that,” Creighton guard Antoine Young said. “So we’re pretty prepared for that. Obviously, it’s going to be different that having our scout team run it with the length that they cause.”

Then there’s the matter of Creighton’s defense.

The Bluejays (28-5) are primarily a man-to-man team. But given Alabama’s continued struggles with zone defenses, Creighton’s done some extra cramming.

“We have definitely worked on that the last couple days in practice,” McDermott said. “We worked on our rotations and really communicated. Hopefully, we’ll give them problems. It has in the past, so we might present that to them.”

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