Sunday, February 07, 1999

'13 Cross' right call vs. UC




BY MIKE DeCOURCY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        There were many reasons for the Cincinnati Bearcats' second defeat of the season.

        As important as any, though, was DePaul coach Pat Kennedy's decision to defend the Bearcats with the “13 Cross.”

        The 13 Cross held UC to .404 shooting, only its second game below .450 in the past eight.

        The 13 Cross held UC to 49 points in regulation.

        The 13 Cross forced UC into 23 turnovers, a season-high.

        “We really felt we couldn't go toe-to-toe with Cincinnati,” said Kennedy. This was why he set up his team in a 1-3-1 zone that extended over the midcourt line and bothered the Bearcats for 50 feet each time they ran their offense.

        “We told our players that if we played that 13 Cross intelligently,” Kennedy said, “if we got in passing lanes, if we got our hands on the ball when it got in the post, we can create some real problems for them.”

        The defense did exactly what it was designed to do, convincing the Bearcats to play flat-footed rather than on their toes — or, for that matter, in the air.

        Kennedy's defense used a combination of principles that worked best against UC in the past, applying ball pressure near midcourt as Saint Louis and Dayton did, but using a zone to avoid the matchup problems the Bearcats can create against a man-to-man.

        This should have left the Demons vulnerable to drives, especially along the baseline, but senior point guard Michael Horton committed three turnovers in his 10 minutes, two of them in the first four UC trips.

        UC's other penetrating force, forward Pete Mickeal committed a career-high six turnovers.

        “We're making dumb plays, dumb passes,” said forward Ryan Fletcher.

       



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