Tony Bennett – Virginia Cavaliers Post Defense

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Tony Bennett – Virginia Cavaliers Post Defense by Wes Kosel

Here is a video with several clips showing post defense by Tony Bennett’s Virginia Cavaliers. Bennett is entering his 11th season as a head coach and 8th at Virginia. His overall record in 10 seasons is 234-105, with 69 wins as the head coach at Washington State and 165 wins at Virginia. Since 2013, he has put together an incredible 89-19 record, including back to back 30 win seasons in 2013-2014 and 2014-2015. Bennett is the son of Dick Bennett, who coached at Wisconsin, Green Bay, and Washington State as a head coach. Tony played for his father at Wisconsin-Green Bay and helped lead the Phoenix to an NCAA Tournament appearance. He was also named conference player of the year twice. He spent time as an assistant at Wisconsin and Washington State before getting his own head coaching job in 2006. He has tied the single-season win records at both Virginia and Washington State.

Tony Bennett – Virginia Cavaliers Post Defense

Bennett’s 2015-2016 squad finished 2nd in the nation in scoring defense allowing only 60.1 points per game. The only team to beat Virginia was Wichita State who allowed 59.0 points per game. In the video, you will see how Bennett’s defenders guard in the post and some different tactics that Bennett utilizes to stop dominant post players.

In this first clip, the Cavaliers double in the post with the other big man. The weak side guards make sure to shrink over to help on any dive by the unattended big man on offense.


In the second clip, Virginia does a great job of “bodying up” and the defender uses his chest to force Iowa State’s Georges Niang away from the basket. The other players help by reaching in some on the dribble to make it harder for Niang, but the post defender does a really great job keeping position and moving laterally to stay in front.


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