Perfect fits

March is here. Will the top teams bring it like their coaches designed it?

Updated: March 9, 2011, 12:01 PM ET
By Morty Ain and Elena Bergeron | ESPN The Magazine
Every clipboard minder at The Dance will have designed a way to out-X the O's (and vice versa). But only the right player at the center of the squiggles can keep coach and crew in title mode.

Diagram: Jay Bilas; Photo: Andy Carpenean/AP ImagesWisconsin's Jon Leuer could be Dirk Nowitzki's stunt double.


SYSTEM: Swing Offense
PLAYER: Jon Leuer

Bo Ryan's scheme rises or falls on its ability to create mismatches. The Badgers work the ball around in triangles, behind a heavy layer of screens, until they find a place to puncture a hole in the D. Their constantly shape-shifting maze is hard enough on the chasers, so it's almost unfair that Wisconsin peoples its scheme with guards who can post up and big men who can shoot. "The system develops the total player," says associate head coach Greg Gard. "By the time you are done here, there should be no holes left in your game."