Outstanding Breakdown on FSU's Basketball Defense


Florida State has been the model example for tough defensive teams in college basketball over the past several years. Per review of Leonard Hamilton’s coaching resume, we see that FSU has been the #1 defense the past two seasons and an extremely strong defense since 2003. FSU has never advanced far in the NCAA tournament (last year’s Sweet Sixteen being their best finish), so Hamilton is not mentioned in one of the top echelons of coaches, but it is clear he knows how to teach defense. Let’s take a look at how FSU forces their opponents into bad shots and turnovers. The two factors we are going to look at today are their ball pressure and outstanding rotations. They do a lot more than this on the defensive end (rebounding to end the possession is the big point missing) but these two are arguably the most important.