|Arizona (White)||Utah (Red)|
|10 Mike Bibby||34 Drew Hanson|
|34 Miles Simon||50 Alex Jensen|
|42 A.J. Bramlett||13 Hanno Möttölä|
|21 Bennett Davison||51 Mike Doleac|
|23 Michael Dickerson||24 Andre Miller|
Why I think it worked
Rick Majerus plays almost exclusively a man-to-man defense. The Arizona team certainly prepared for man-to-man and they did not have a good offensive strategy to break this "junk" defense.
Unsung heros Drew Hanson, Alex Jensen and David Jackson did their job shutting down the vaunted Arizona superstars. With the close guarding, Bibby was 0-7 from beyond the 3-point line.
The defense is weighted toward defending the star guards, so breaking the defense was up to Dickerson, Bramlett and Davison. Dickerson was particularly frustrated, shooting 2 for 12 from the field. He normally scores 21 points per game. Bramlett and Davison took only 12 shots combined. The 'Cats may have been thrown out of their offensive set plays to the inside, or one could credit Möttöläa and Doleac for protecting the basket.
With all the shots Arizona was missing, they only had 8 offensive rebounds. The Utes had three players with double-digit boards. Miller was positioned well for rebounding, leading the Utes with 14 rebounds, 13 on the defensive side; Doleac vacuumed up 11 and Jensen 10.
In his defensive position at the charity stripe Miller was not required to chase the Arizona players on defense and was relatively fresh to lead the offense. He took advantage with aggressive dribble drives on the offensive end.
AP story about the triangle-and-two
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