This year we have seen head coach Danny Manning mix in a bit of zone defense at times as a “change of pace” look for opposing teams. The man-to-man defense for Wake Forest has not been very good this season and some have posited that the zone defense has been working a bit better in the spurts that it has been used.
I wanted to take a look at the breakdown statistically to see if this was in fact true, or an example of the “eye test” deceiving us.
All of the stats I have are from Synergy, and I want to preface these numbers with the statement that they define a “possession” differently than KenPom or any other site does.
I am actually not sure exactly of how they define “possession”, but I think they count an offensive rebound as a different possession overall, where most other sites count an offensive rebound as the same possession.


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