The sixth-seeded Baylor Bears are taking on the second-seeded Wisconsin Badgers in the West region. It pits Baylor’s zone defense against Wisconsin’s intensity, but Baylor guard Sean Franklin thinks they’ve figured out how how to slow down the Badgers.
“Just because of how they play in the half-court, using the whole clock, you would think that they wouldn’t score a lot of points in transition,” said Franklin, via ESPN. “But when you see them on film and see how fast they get out, you can tell they want to score right away.”
Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan also thinks he has the answer to Baylor’s zone defense.
“You have to probe,” Ryan said. “But I’ve seen the way they’re playing it. Attacking it and getting people to move a certain direction, and using your angles and misdirection and different things that good zone offensive teams use, we’re going to have to put all those together.”
Prediction: Baylor pulls off the upset