Michigan Set Play

Michigan Set Play

Coach Pintar

Here is a Michigan set play that I like to run with my team.  It has a nice inside option for your big guy as well as a shot opportunity for your shooting guard depending on how teams defend it.

The play starts in a 4 out set like the majority of John Beilein’s offense.  The setup of this offense does a nice job of spreading the defense out and by not having the 4 on the block it keeps the basket open.  As a note, you may prefer to run your 5 at the high post and put your 4 in the corner instead, it really just depends on your personnel and who you want making a pass and who you want getting a possible layup.

The play starts with the PG passing it to the 5 who sets his man up and gets open on the wing.  You will find that your kids might have a tendency to cheat up on this and simply start at the wing but I really emphasize the importance of starting in the corner for two reasons, one it’s easier to get open to begin with rather than just standing on the wing wanting a pass and two, by starting in the corner and walking your man up you open up the possibility of a back cut if your man is overplaying the pass.  If you’re just standing on the wing the defender is just standing there and his momentum isn’t moving him away from the basket making it harder to back cut and get open.

Once the pass has been made to the wing the PG simply fills in to the ball side corner.  As this is happening the 2 guard cuts to the ball side block.  Time it so the 2 crosses and then the 4 pops up to the top of the key.  I don’t have my guys screen here (but you could).  As long as the 2 cuts first the defender on the 4 man has to respect it and it make its near impossible to deny the pass to the top of the key.

Once the 4 catches the pass at the top of the key the 3 should set his man up and pop up to the wing for the reversal.  Here you also can look to back cut if the defense overplays the reversal.

Once the reversal is made to the 3 we get a flex cut by the 5 man and then a downscreen for the 2 guard to pop up to the top of the key.  These are both very hard to defend and you’ll find your team getting layups and open shots at the top of the key.  What I really like with this play is that if the defense switches the flex cut you get your big man matched up on a guard.  If they don’t switch it’s nearly impossible to not get either the layup or an open shot for the 2 guard at the top of the key.  As the year went along we really got a lot of great shots out of this play when the flex cut was taken away.


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