Word on the Street

Match-up Zone (mach-uhp zohn) noun. It is commonly referred to as a “combination” defense, as it combines certain aspects of man-to-man defense and zone defense.

Usage example: The old Spurs is a team that used the match-up zone on a regular basis.

Word characteristics: Perhaps the most famous user of the match-up zone was John Chaney, former head basketball coach at Temple University. With the match-up zone defense, the on-ball defender will play tight as if he was playing man-to-man. This creates one of the advantages for the match-up zone, as it may confuse the opponent as to what defense you are actually playing.

In the match-up zone, the 1 guard control the defense.

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Labels: San Antonio Spurs / Word on the Street

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