Attacking a 1-3-1 Zone Defense – Izzo, Michigan State

The 1-3-1 zone defense and 1-3-1 half court trap can be devastating to an unprepared offense. The video provides real game footage of Michigan State’s Tom Izzo’s offensive approach to attacking the 1-3-1 half-court zone.

For most of this game Izzo uses a 2-1-2 offensive setup. His middle man continuously occupies the center of the 1-3-1, not allowing him to get above him; the guards do a tremendous job challenging the seams of the defense, and pitching out when the defense collapses.

For other ideas from Izzo on attacking zone defenses check out his Basketball Smorgasboard of Drills and Basketball Wisdom DVD.

How do you attack a 1-3-1? Share links to your preferred attacks in the comments below!

Please see “1-3-1 Double”, “1-3-1 Special”, “1-3-1 Fist Down“, and “1-3-1 Arm Chop” for some of Izzo’s other zone quick hitters, or Stanford’s Zone Attack for a patterned zone offense for your team.


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