zone defense


Definition of zone defense

: a system of defense (as in basketball or football) in which each player guards an assigned area rather than a specified opponent

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The Ravens’ saving grace was their red-zone defense, which stopped three Arizona drives inside the Ravens’ 5-yard line, leading to field goals on each. Baltimore Sun Staff,, "Instant analysis: Behind Lamar Jackson’s 120 rushing yards, 2 TD passes, Ravens hold off Cardinals, 23-17," 15 Sep. 2019 Jaguars defensive coordinator Todd Wash said the team will dial up fewer zone defenses than last week against the Kansas City Chiefs, and an injury likely will keep the team’s other cornerback, A.J. Bouye, out of the game. Garry Smits,, "Jaguars vs. Texans: Jalen Ramsey-DeAndre Hopkins rivalry resumes," 14 Sep. 2019 If UConn can shore up its red-zone defense and cut down on penalties, this unit will continue to improve on last year. Alex Putterman,, "UConn post-game grades: Who played well against Illinois, and who can improve?," 8 Sep. 2019 Because the club was a small team, the zone defense sounded good on paper, but the good fortunes turned when the team played tough man-to-man defense. Emmett Hall,, "Team Green shines bright with three-peat performance," 1 Aug. 2019 These factors exclusively limit him to playing center, and while there’s some room for creativity (zone defense, anyone?), these are the things teams have to consider. Jeremy Woo,, "2019 NBA Draft Mailbag: Addressing Zion Williamson, Bol Bol and Burning Questions," 17 June 2019 Last season, the Sun Devils ranked 74th out of 129 FBS teams in rushing defense, allowing 170.5 per game and were 93rd in red-zone defense. Michelle Gardner, azcentral, "ASU football scouting report: Defensive line depth not a concern," 11 Mar. 2019 As was the case in their summer opener, the Heat again went to zone defense early, a further indication that Erik Spoelstra's approach from last season has become a staple. Ira Winderman,, "Kendrick Nunn, Yante Maten offer summer statements in Heat victory over Kings," 3 July 2019 Can the Huskies' stingy 2-3 zone defense that allows opponents just 66.4 points per game slow down the nation's second-highest scoring offense that averages 98.4 points? Percy Allen, The Seattle Times, "UW Huskies vs. No. 1 Gonzaga: Projected starting lineups and game notes," 4 Dec. 2018

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1927, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of zone defense

chiefly US, sports : a way of playing defense in football, basketball, etc., by having each player on a team guard a certain area of the field or court

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