The Pack Line defense is a half court defensive system that literally packs the middle of the paint to make it difficult to score inside. Developed by legendary coach Dick Bennett, he used it the 90’s with great success to lead his underdog Green Bay and Wisconsin teams to success against much more talented NCAA powerhouses. Today in the NCAA we see the pack line employed by his son, Tony Bennett, where he’s perfected it whilst coaching at Virginia- accolades including being regarded as the best defensive coach by his peers in 2015.
The pack line is an imaginary line that is 2 feet within the 3 point line. It forces opponents to take perimeter shots and is especially effective against offenses based on dribble penetrations or low post play. The reality of the school and even some college teams is that they’re not filled with knockdown shooters- this defense is good enough to stop 1-2 key sharpshooters with the huge boost of protecting your paint.
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