zone defense

noun

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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Beavers coach Wayne Tinkle said Monday that Washington coach Mike Hopkins - who won Pac-12 Coach of the Year - has mentioned to others that OSU has attacked the Huskies 2-3 zone defense better than any other team this season. Danny Moran, OregonLive.com, "Oregon State men's basketball the lower seed but early Pac-12 Tournament favorite over Washington Huskies," 6 Mar. 2018 Using a 2-3 zone defense with double teams in the paint, the Senators’ defense forced Woodward to settle for long, contested jump shots. Shelby Dermer, Cincinnati.com, "Taft handles Woodward, 60-44, extends winning streak to nine," 26 Jan. 2018 Washington will need to slow down Gonzaga with its 2-3 zone defense that ranks second in the Pac-12 allowing opponents just 66.4 points per game. Percy Allen, The Seattle Times, "UW Huskies vs. No. 1 Gonzaga: Projected starting lineups and game notes," 4 Dec. 2018 Smaller basketballs, lower rims, no zone defense and no three-point scoring for players 11 years old and younger. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, "NBA, USA Basketball recommend no three-pointers for players 11-and-under," 20 Mar. 2018 Smothered by Syracuse's zone defense and perhaps strangled by its own lofty expectations and stacked roster of talent, Michigan State once again came up short in the NCAA tournament. Michael Rosenberg, SI.com, "Michigan State Had the Draft-Worthy Talent, But its Loss to Syracuse Proved it Lacked Experience," 18 Mar. 2018 The Musketeers were 11 of 17 from distance • Chris Mack's deployment of the zone defense could prove key. Patrick Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "Florida State again blocking No. 1 Xavier basketball's path to NCAA Tournament Sweet 16," 17 Mar. 2018 Duke found a way to crack Syracuse's zone defense, and now the Blue Devils are back in the Elite Eight for the first time since the 2015 team won it all. Nathan Fenno, latimes.com, "Texas Tech pulls away from Purdue in the final minutes to reach its first Elite Eight," 24 Mar. 2018 Louisville may incorporate more zone defense, too, but Padgett said that evaluation is ongoing. Jeff Greer, The Courier-Journal, "Lineup adjustments may be in store for Louisville basketball after losses," 7 Feb. 2018

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1927, in the meaning defined above

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zone defense

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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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