Nobody asked me, but if they did, I’d be inclined to recommend playing Evans straight up with little/no switching or help and focus on stopping their other guys. Evans is terrific, and he’s certainly going to score even more with that philosophy than the 19 ppg he puts up on average, but I don’t think that would be such a bad thing. Evans is not the most efficient scorer in the world–his 48.0 effective field goal percentage trails everyone in Michigan’s playing rotation except Xavier Simpson (yes boys and girls, that includes Zak Irvin who checks in at 50.4) and most everyone (i.e., everyone but Zak) by over 7%. From what I’ve seen, where Oklahoma State makes its money in the half court is when Evans penetrates, draws help, and kicks it out to Carroll or Forte who are lethal from 3, penetrates, gets a rotation, and passes to Carroll, a great finisher, cutting to the basket, or penetrates, draws a big, and leaves Solomon a clear alley where the big vacated and can’t box him out to pound the offensive glass. Take those away, make Evans the guy who has to shoulder the bulk of the scoring load, and diminish OSU’s effectiveness in transition, which Michigan’s philosophy of getting back rather than crashing the offensive glass should help with–that seems to me to be the best chance defensively.
Thoughts from our OSU posters? Has anyone tried this and if so, how did it work?