Last series we looked at was Michigan’s Wide Pindown action, and this is a continuation off of that. This is the same action but it flows into a designed ballscreen for point guard and 5 man. Instead of looking for shots off of the pindown, after a ball reversal the 2 guard sets a down screen on the 5 man’s defender. This prevents the big from hedging quickly and allows for an easier read on the ballscreen for the point guard. The best way to defend this set would be to ICE or force the ballhandler in the pick and roll to the sideline and allowing the big man who gets screened off to recover. Teams like Ohio State and Illinois like to defend ballscreens this way, forcing the offense to play on the wing and out of the middle of the floor. The way Michigan counter’s this is to have the point guard pass to the 5 man and have that big man hand the ball off back to the point guard to come off and attack to the middle of the floor. This action is hard to guard, especially when the defensive guard is forcing everything to the sideline. If that action is covered the 5 man can fake the hand off and look to dribble at the guard in the corner and play a 2-man game with him. The guard can backdoor to the basket, come off a dribble hand off or come off a pick and roll with the big man. This it the same action as Wide Pindown so it can be drilled at the same time with ballscreen reads incorporated. Since Beilein and Michigan run ballscreens in the offense so frequently, teaching the ballscreen reads and shots can be incorporated into this set seamlessly. The biggest teaching point would be the down screen from the guard on the big and clearing to the corner, since that is not a common action in college offenses. This set is unique because the down screen into a ballscreen is common in the NBA, but has not completely trickled down the the NCAA on a full scale basis. The fact that Beilein and Michigan can incorporate this into the basic action that is so effective such as Wide Pindown, this makes 25 down so much harder to guard. The defense has to defend down screens, flare screens, ballscreens and dribble hand offs in this one set and if they overplay or overextend help, Michigan can backdoor at any time. Forcing the defense to defend all of those actions for a full shot clock makes this set extremely hard to guard.