Will Shaka Set KU Up for WVU?
On Saturday, Shaka isn’t likely to come out of the field house with a W.
KU plays a pressing team on Tuesday on the road.
Thus Shaka faces a professional curtesy issue.
Alas, the Shakster and Self don’t appear in professional curtesy mode.
A coaching “colleague” would give KU an un-physical, low possession game to let it face Huggie’s press on strong legs without more injuries.
A guy with a grudge makes KU run and deal with some unnecessary roughness, even if it means getting pasted by more.
What will Shaka do?
Shaka’ll try to make KU run via his pseudo-havok. WVU has 2 losses, he needs KU to lose at WVU. Drag KU down if you can’t elevate your program. He needs to keep it close to keep his job. If he doesn’t show out next year it’ll be his last.
It won’t matter. Bill doesn’t like Shaka. KU will win going away and it will be like a spirited practice for WVU.
Good add. But if Shaka needs close, a soft, low possession game is the way to get Self to keep it close. If Shaka opts for high possession with lots of motion offense with long cuts and physical inside, then Self probably has to separate to buy his starters <30 mpg. Thus a dilemma for The Shakster.
There is no professional courtesy in competitive sports. Smart will do everything he can to win the game and couldn’t care less what happens to KU next…I wouldn’t expect anything less.
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@jaybate-1.0 of course Shaka wants his squad to be physical and compete. They’re hoping we look past them. Are you looking past them? I want to rip their heads off and feed them to the toads and red raiders. This isn’t just about Shaka. It’s about Bill. It’s about pushing our guys to get better. Its about pounding Texas and reminding them that we are kings of the Big 12 on the hard court and always will be, no matter what channel the game is on. It’s about making them look a moment in the rear view at Rick Barnes who they kicked to the curb. It’s a cautionary tale to the next Texas recruit who has a chance to go to Kansas and chooses not to. This isn’t office politics, it’s war! This isn’t Mark Few, it’s Bill Self!
Yes, Self appears to extend professional curtesy ALL…THE…TIME, when he appears to feel any kind of collegial, professional relationship . He could beat many opponents into the next century. Coaches try not to put fellow coaches out of jobs; that’s what I heard an old coach say off the record one time. And observations over many seasons have often conformed in appearance with the assertion.
Part of war is trying to find times to rest your troops for a big push.
The Texas game could be a rest for the WVU PUSH!
Or a contest. No rest.
Up to Shaka.
If Shaka were smart, he would keep keep it a 65-55 game with no banging. His fans and alums are cool and Self’s team gets fresh legs for Morgantown. Self would repay him the next time he has him on the ropes and not try to kill so an Okie Baller can have the Texas job.
This the professional/political end of coaching. It’s a long career, not just a game. You try to make friends and allies where you can BEFORE you need them.
Self will play it anyway he wants.
It’s up to Shaka.
War or scrimmage.
Are you joking? Not running up the score on an opponent after the game is decided is good sportsmanship and protects your own players. Holding your team back to spare your opponent wear and tear so it is fresher for the next game is negligent and I would personally consider it to be malpractice on the part of the coach that does such thing. I would absolutely lose respect for any coach that does this.
Do you think good sportsmanship in coaching necessarily excludes professional curtesy?
Is there a rule in the rule book expressly prohibiting professional curtesy to a professional colleague in coaching?
Is there a body of sports law that has laid down precedents in this regard?
I don’t recall any, but I’m not a legal expert.
Regarding loss of respect, I recall reading former MSU HC Jud Heathcote once was quoted in a book about sports recruiting as saying it was common practice in the D1 coaching profession during his career that a HC purposely required a newly hired assistant to commit a recruiting violation in order to ensure his future silence and loyalty (complicity?) about the rule breaking regularly engaged in by coaching staffs.
I lost some respect for the coaching profession, when I read that, too. But coaches do a lot of good, too.
I find coaching a game some to help keep the winning margin from not be used against a colleague on a career hot seat not all that objectionable.
Here is another intriguing oddity that appears to arise In some two in three series in conference and the tourney. Can’t swear this happens but it appears to. Both coach’s appear to opt toward a low possession game in the first game of 2 in 3 to save their teams energies for the second game. What appears to happen is both coaches choose to shorten the game for 30 minutes and then play balls to the walls the last ten minutes. The winner appears determined on the floor in a 10 minute game. The winner goes on to the second game of 2 in 3 with more energy and plays a conventional 40 minute game. I have noticed this apparent phenomenon in the early rounds of some tournament games. Is this ethical, if it’s happening? It definitely looks good for the coach of the lesser team, because it makes it appear his low seed team Is hanging in with an elite team. It’s good for holding audience interest. It’s good for the game winner who has more energy for the next game. Should we lose all respect for coaches that do this, if they do?
I reckon all professions struggle some with ethics and that there are differing thresholds of right and wrong in certain realms of professional conduct, whereas other realms are subject to a lot of consensus and explicitness of standards regarding conduct.
I don’t flatly in all circumstances find the notion of professional curtesy being extended to a colleague in coaching as being abhorrent. I can see where it could get abused. But that’s probably the way it is with many unwritten codes in many professions.
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@jaybate-1.0 it’s an interesting question. I don’t know if there is a definitive time for when coming into a game, deciding to play soft is appropriate. I don’t think it is here for Shaka. I don’t think this Texas team is capable of playing a slow down half court game without looking really bad.
The professional courtesy I’m ok with is mostly off the court stuff. Recruiting is a big one. Another is paying praise after wins and losses. You never see Bill trying to get another coach fired. As a matter of fact he tries to build up the poor coaches (Doc Sadler is a prime example), but that may be self serving as he will whoop them every time.
On the court just don’t run up the score, don’t try to hurt anyone, don’t embarrass the other team or coach unnessasarily. I have a hard time believing coaches talk to opposing coaches before the game to dictate pace. I choose to believe that it happens organically. The lesser team wants less possessions as that gives them a better chance to win the game. The better team wants a slower pace to save legs for the next team. The alternative is blowing them out of the water early and cruising late if you are a dominate team, but energy is conserved either way.
I have a hard time believing coaches talk to opposing coaches before the game to dictate pace.
I definitely do NOT suspect they talk before the game. If it exists, it would be a convention of the profession–a part of the unwritten code of the profession.
I reckon that coaches in the Jud Heathcote era never talked with a newly hired assistant and said, “You know, its a convention of the coaching profession that I now assign you to break a recruiting rule in order to make sure you don’t rat me and the other coaches on the staff our for the rules we have to break to make this program competitive. So: I want you to take this safe deposit key and this envelope of cash and put it in the XYZ bank deposit box for Player A that I have you recruiting for us. The kid has the matching safe deposit key and a couple days after you drop off the cash in the unmarked envelope, the kid will go to his safe deposit box and pick it up. At that point, we expect him to sign with us, and have you complicit in what we are doing. As a result, we can trust that you will not rat us out should the NCAA come around investigating. And of course we won’t rat you out either. You’ve got something on us and we’ve got something on you. Capice?”
I have a hunch that mentors advise professionals about some of the unwritten rules and etiquettes of the profession. I have a hunch that in the case of professional curtesy, one starts a game in a conserving energy mode and assesses whether one’s opponent is going to play the same. If the opponent plays balls to the walls, one knows one has to go out and play full tilt for awhile, say, build a lead, then defend a lead, build a lead, defend a lead. But if the opposing coach has his team playing “ball control, low possession” game, well, then you both know you are observing the rules of professional curtesy. Both teams cruise till ten to go and then its a race to the wire. But again, I have no proof that this goes on. I am just commenting from appearances. It could be that it does not go on. It could just be a by-product of a kind of equilibrium strategy of games. But I wonder.
Not running up the score is not only good sportsmanship but good coaching as well since it rests YOUR OWN players and not the other teams; it is something you do for your own team and has nothing to do with professional courtesy.
Also, a coach asking an assistant to violate the rules is not only highly unethical but likely illegal as well and if the NCAA finds out it would get your program in deep trouble…what exactly does this have to do with professional courtesy?
Having your players go soft so the other team is rested for its next game comes close to the definition of “fixing” a game and it would land that coach in the bullseye of a DOJ investigation.
Having your players go soft so the other team is rested for its next game comes close to the definition of “fixing” a game and it would land that coach in the bullseye of a DOJ investigation.
Well, you’re leaving out the part about playing the shortened game competitively the last ten minutes; that seems an obstacle to declaring a game to have been fixed. I mean you aren’t suggesting that a coach holding his own team’s score down to rest them is fixing a game are you? That doesn’t seem to be what you mean. You seem to distinguish between one coach slowing the pace down for his team’s benefit and another coach slowing the pace down for his professional benefit. Is that distinction made in the rule you’ve read about “fixing” games?
Fixing a game? This is an interesting concept.
I’ve never read a legal definition of fixing a game. If you know the legal definition, I would like to read it. It would be interesting to know exactly how close such activity would be to this definition you are referring to. Heck, your observation makes me wonder hypothetically: if it fits the definition, and if its been occurring (two big ifs), why hasn’t DOJ been prosecuting it all of these years?
Further, you make me wonder the following: how many times has the DOJ investigated coaches for violating the legal definition of fixing games the last 40 years? the last 20? the last 10? Is it frequent? Not frequent? Never?
I’ve read stories and books that suggest that there is some fixing of games that goes on. But I don’t recall right off hand a coach being investigated by the DOJ for fixing a game.
Who were the last few coaches you recall the DOJ investigating for fixing games?
Even back in the old 20th Century point shaving scandals it always seemed like it was the gamblers that were the objects of the investigations.
This is kind of a fascinating line of discussion you have triggered. Thanks.
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Tim Donaghy was investigated by the FBI and pleaded guilty to federal charges of fixing games by making calls that change the score. Colluding to slow down the game and by extension change the points scored would appear to be the definition of doing just that. I cannot imagine a coach ever agreeing to do something like that.
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@jaybate-1.0 watch playing for the mob 30 for 30. A good flick about point shaving at BC in the late 70s.
This is from KUSPORTS concerning the game:
"And it came despite the Longhorns showing they came to create havoc before the game even began.
Twice during Saturday’s pre-game shoot-around, a feisty and fired-up Texas squad made moves to establish their presence. The first came when KU junior Devonte’ Graham missed a half-court practice shot before heading back to the locker room and saw a UT player step to nearly the same spot and drain one just seconds later.
The second came on the very last shot of warm-ups, when a 3-point attempt by KU junior Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk (12 points, 2-of-4 from long range) was swatted out of mid-air by UT guard Kerwin Roach as it approached the rim.
The two gestures may not have inspired much more than a chuckle and a roll of the eyes from the players on the home bench, but it went down as the proverbial poking of the bear that the Longhorns paid for dearly during that 14-2 run by Kansas less than five minutes into the game.
“That’s all right. I knew I was gonna make that shot so it doesn’t matter that he did that,” Mykhailiuk joked. “We just came in focused, ready to play and played really good defense. That’s what got us to (14-2). That just shows when we turn up we can play really good defense and don’t let ’em score.” Texas’ intimidation tactics did not subside once the game began. Midway through the first half, after Eric Davis Jr., drained a three to pull the Longhorns (7-12 overall, 1-6 Big 12) within seven with 9:30 to play, Davis started barking at KU freshman Josh Jackson, who briefly said something back and then turned to the official and pointed Davis’ way.
Later, after Jackson was fouled while posting up a smaller Texas player — something he did with great success throughout the day — an easy layup that did not count was poked back up through the net by a UT defender. Instead of letting the shenanigans fly, Jackson grabbed the ball and put it back in the basket.
Asked after the game if sensing that kind of challenge and intensity from an opponent brought out the fire in the Jayhawks, the KU freshman who finished with 15 points on 6-of-14 shooting lit up.
“Oh, definitely,” Jackson said. “It makes it more fun. It definitely does… We’re all competitive. We all just want to go out there and compete.”
Thxs for the assist. Sounds good.
Looks like there’s an edge sharpening!
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@jaybate-1.0 Agreed. Maybe Doke should get some steel wrapped around the plaster of Paris. You never know when a rumble will break out.
fixing games by making calls that change the score.
Thanks. I knew that refs and gamblers and players fixed games… But the interesting angle is the coaches. If I understand you correctly, you can’t recall any coaches getting investigated by DOJ for fixing games. Neither do I. Must have been some in over a century.
I wonder if head coaches have managed fixing the way they have managed recruiting violations? In recruiting its reputedly an unwritten rule that the HC maintains plausible deniability by having the assistants and alums do the rule breaking for him; then he says he didn’t know about, and then does a “motion play” to another school.
Ha! The unfair advantage!!!
I take it is too difficult for you to believe that coaches just don’t do this, regardless of what you think.
@jaybate-1.0 i have recently been farting around with Draft Kings daily fantasy basketball, which means I have forced myself to immerse myself into the NBA. It is truly a maze of breakout/lay off for a game type play that bears out much of what you’re talking about. Guys get jacked up for a game, and then take a siesta the next. The worst offending coach that practices this just happens to be Bill’s BFF, Popovich. With Popovich, you never know who gets the minutes on a night by night basis for several of his players. Then he’ll have a few games where he rests his starters for the night. All of them. other than Kawai Leonard, I won’t choose a Spur. I also won’t take a player facing the Spurs. The Spurs are fantasy bb killers.
“I take it is too difficult for you to believe that coaches just don’t do this, regardless of what you think.” –@JayHawkFanToo
Your taking it this way makes it seem about your difficulty with an apparent phenomenon I noted and your apparent hope that the apparent phenomemon is not real
It’s not so loaded for me, because I don’t see fixing as a likely and sound interpretation. Hence no sense of difficulty for me. FWIW, I’m feeling pretty good despite a mild cold.
I will say that it seems like each point you make raises more questions about possible nefarious head coach conduct in this regard, if one bought your premise,which I remain skeptical about. I just find it hard to believe coaching a low possession game till ten to go and then playing all out to win it the last ten minutes could reasonably be characterized as, and investigated as, fixing.
The issue of fixing is all yours. I have just tried to explore it with you as you saw it, in order to respect you and your POV, even though I find it rather unpersuasive. Some times you take me off in interesting directions, so I try to give you latitude.
Again it never occurred to me that shortening a game to ten minutes, or trying to take it a little easy on an opponent to help you both conserve energy for the next game, could be equated with a legal definition of fixing. It seems like a logical disconnect.
But your steady insistence that it would be fixing makes one ask: well, if it were to qualify, as you say, then that raises the next question of why the apparent phenomenon is apparently rarely, or never investigated by DOJ? Is it because it doesn’t happen, or because it’s a grey area of fixing, or because everyone has agreed not to enforce the law on coaches, or what?
Again, I suspect you are off on this fixing idea, but I’ve done the best I can with it.
And I am hopeful the above clarification helps relieve some of your difficulty.
That’s an interesting angle to view the issue from–fantasy basketball.
It makes me wonder if there are other aspects of the real game that fantasy basketball might lend similar insight on.
@jaybate-1.0Fantasy basketball kind of opened my eyes to the grind of an 82 game schedule, and what coaches do to keep their guys on the floor, and keep them motivated. I think at times Bill is resting his starters AS they are playing.The NBA does it all the time. The NBA will have a starter dominate a game for a quarter, and then do almost nothing the next. They are protecting the goods. There are times in every game where Frank and Devonte simply take plays off, sometimes numerous plays off in a row- then they swerve back in, Frank makes two plays in a row, Devonte hits the 3, and then they ease back the idle again. this allows them to accumulate minutes without wearing themselves down. I think the team looks fresher this year. We’re protecting the goods.
Your are changing the original premise of the discussion. You originally postulated that it could be possible for Texas to take it easy so KU would be fresh for West Virginia and now you are changing it to coaches taking it easy to protect their own players. I don’t believe the first case happens because by its own nature would involve collusion which is not only unethical but illegal. Yes, it would be rare to have an investigation because it really does not happen. The second case is completely different and happens all the time when coaches rest players not only during specific games but also like Popovic did, held the starters the entire game, and was heavily fined by the NBA since it compromises the game and deprives fans from watching the stars they paid to see play.
In short, holding back to benefit your own team is an accepted practice although frowned upon by Vegas since bettors can bet on the total number of points scored and anything that artificially changes that affects betting. Holding back to benefit your opponent does not happen.
This is what I said from the beginning since it was the original premise of your post.
Fascinating. The NBA is a whole other world. I have often wondered how they managed the grind. When I was a child in the 1960s I recall my father saying the NBA players didnt go hard till the playoffs. It appeared that way sometimes.
You remain unpersuasive to me on this issue.
And no I don’t believe that I am.
And you may continue to try to persuade me.
My mind remains open.
Have you read about some reputed new mil-int thread management and psycho-mapping technique and software… They reputedly carry on lengthy purposefully meandering argumentative discourses loaded with impugning assertions and with one playing good cop and one bad all the while the thread discourse is being used as data to psycho-map the target for data and tendencies unrelated to topic. Its a completely unreal, contrived discourse on purpose. It’s supposedly some fallout from memetic engineering research. Forget where I saw it now. Now all who belabor points may be psycho mappers. Wonder how long it will before they start showing up? Apparently because it can be conducted fully automated --two AIs not just one–they can be flooded all over the Internet.
Psycho mapping. It’s fan-tactic!!!
But in the post truth era it is debated whether this software exists, or not.
Others argue that it is a hoax passed off to make everyone think they can do something they can’t.
I think the post truth era could get quite unknowably interesting.
Is this the equivalent of asymmetric trifectation over the contrails in the Crimean peninsula between the petroshoe corporations, the Vatican and the old world oligopolies while the NCAA infarctates over coaches taking it easy in order to change the outcome of future games?
If it is, I am all for it.
You are wrong.
You are changing the subject.
Is it too difficult for you?
That Would be a crime.
No crime definition.
Your changing what you said.
Map me baby!!!
No, it is a waste of time and bandwidth.
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@jaybate-1.0 I’m certainly a babe in the woods when it comes to the NBA, but I making myself learn. This week, Markieff went off for 50+ points on my team, I got one hell of a game out of Wigs last week, and I pick Embiid everytime he plays, even if he is limited to 28 minutes a game…lol. It’s like being able to have my own personal KU team in the NBA…hehehe…
You seem a little colicky the last few days. KU is doing pretty well. Is it inauguration related?
Cool. Glad you’re enjoying it. Keep us posted how it goes.
I wonder if there were an equivalent for USA politics; i.e., fantasy politics?
USE REAL PLAYERS STATS IN SIMULATIONS. You assemble Hillary and Kellyanne Conway and see if that beats Donald Trump and Karl Rove. Switch campaign strategists around and see if you can outperform the pros.
I would think it would get popular in a hurry, if it isn’t already being done.
I’m not joking either.
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@jaybate 1.0: When I was a kid I heard a story on the radio or tv about a phone call between Bear Bryant and the Georgia coach, Wally Butts, the week before their game. This happened somewhere around 1959-61. Apparently, Bryant wanted Butts to throw the game for money. When the story broke, it was reported that Butts had agreed. Butts was fired by Georgia, but Bryant suffered no repercussions from Alabama. I always supposed it was because he was only trying to win.
Awesome recall!!! I had forgotten Wally Butts and Bryant. I am submitting your name for congressional approval as Secretary of Sports Memory!!!
I never did understand what happened in that situation. Do you recall if DOJ investigated it, as @JayHawkFanToo says they would have? That could be some evidence for him. Still not a basketball coach, but closer than a referee. Though still something quite far beyond the professional curtesy of not throwing a game, but rather just not roughing up and wearing down a colleague’s highly ranked team unnecessarily just before a big game in which both coaches’ team’s would benefit from playing the second of 2 in 3 or 4 with more gas in the tanks and fewer injuries. Right?
Remember @JayHawkFanToo created the whole “fixing” issue completely counterfactually to what I was discussing. Made it up himself. I was assuming NO fix of any kind. He was who wanted to think about fixes and introduced the concept. It’s a technique of thread destabilization, though I believe in his case he genuinely believes professional curtesy would be a crime the DOJ would investigate.
All I was talking about was: The game was to be shortened as appears to happen frequently in coaching strategy, and played closely without a lot of the illegal rough housing and intimidation and cheap shotting that goes on. I assumed a completely legal and sportsmanlike approach all apparently legitimately within the rules, while @JayHawkFanToo went off into a fixing tangent that I shrugged at but indulged him on.
Since I don’t see the appearance of professional curtesy as an illegal conspiracy, and since i am not interested in the fixing of games by coaches, as much as @Jayhawkfantoo appears to be, I suggest you direct this to him. He seems to know a lot about the law of fixing and the criteria for DOJ investigating that is all quite beyond my knowledge.
He could perhaps informatively explain how Bear Bryant asking a coach Butts to throw a game would equate to two D1 basketball coaching colleagues facing 2 games in 3-4 days and with neither gaining much benefit from coaching a bruising high possession game with a lot of hard fouling and cheap shotting and “manning up” deciding simultaneously without conversation between them on the subject to coach a low possession game with out a lot of the rough stuff, so as to leave both teams in the best possible condition for the next opponent.
The crux of it is shortening a game and playing the final ten to win knowing veteran Coach A has the superior highly ranked team and Young Coach B has the inferior team facing a home whistle on the road. Should Coach B pull out all the stops and run his team and Coach A’s team into exhaustion for a remote chance of winning, and probably causing both teams to lose their next games, or should he play it close to the vest, try to steal it at the end, and regardless our outcome live to fight and win more probably in a few days, while simultaneously minimizing the chance of the veteran Coach A electing use his home court advantage and superior team to beat him into the next century for being an unprofessional jerk?
I really haven’t a clue about how @JayHawkFanToo gets into fixing. It appears a complete logical disconnect from what I was writing about. But I try to be a good sport and be patient and not squelch him. He will work through this at some point.
Everything I was writing about was opening, speculation and hypothesis as usual. Just trying to understand the game as it appears.
Rock Chalk! And let’s get ready for Morgantown.
@jaybate-1.0 The attack on the Borg has the Bilderbergs in a tizzy. It’s a world wide thing.
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If Shaka were smart, he would keep keep it a 65-55 game with no banging.
The whole premise of this thread is wrong. If Shaka were able to ensure he could keep it to a 10 pt loss by taking it easy, he would be able to try hard and ensure his own team would win.
IMHO Shaka’s only chance was to shorten the game, hang close BUT BEHIND, and win it at the end in a flurry.
He did not have a good enough team to grab a lead and hold it all game, or even half a game and beat KU straight up.
If he had tried that, Self and KU would have beaten and humiliated them by 30, instead of working to conserve energy and avoid risky plays and injury in anticipation of WVU. Put another way, Bragg and Lightfoot would not have combined for 22 minutes of development PT.
Even as it turned out he unnecessarily wasted too much energy with a tweener 60 trips. It got him and his team nothing. But he did appear at least not to piss Self off with his conduct of the game. Self seemed his collegial and respectful self to Shaka in the handshake line.
Self appears to like collegiality and to reach out to fellow coaches when ever they will stop the silly unprofessional I’m gonna knock you out junk. Self practically made Frank Martin’s career by befriending him professionally when everyone was out to hang him for his temper.
Hard and tough when it counts appears part of the code. But coaching in unnecessary ways that harm your colleagues careers and meal tickets seems not.
It appears a fine line to walk sometimes for coaches, but IMHO it’s kind of ridiculous, all on/all off kind of thinking to introduce notions of fixing into collegiality and professional curtesy that at least appears to go on some in the interplay among professional coaches.
But, hey, one board rat’s ridiculous is another’s devout ideologically rigid, unimpeachable, unchallengeable truth.
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@jaybate-1.0 I agree that shortening the game was UT’s best strategy because that’s always the way for inferior teams to veat more talented teams. To Shaka, screwed up by not trying to get Lucas and Bragg into as much foul trouble as possible and turn the game into a FT contest and hope KU’s FT shooting issues return. That was his biggest game plan mistake.
The attack on the Borg has the Bilderbergs in a tizzy. It’s a world wide thing.
This is the wisest most concise thing I have read in awhile regarding the recent state of the world politics.
You must work for the MSM, way to take my posts out of context to fit your premise. My premise is based on the fact that coaches DO NOT collude with each other to change the score and this is why there are no investigations. If they did collude, as you suggest, it would be called “game fixing” and you bet there would be investigations. It is really that simple. You can twist my words any way you want but it does not change the facts.
Way to twist my words out of context.
You can twist my words any way you want but it doesn’t change the facts.
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Texas plays slow - 170 something on KenPom in tempo coming into the game. Top 30 D coming into the game as well so it was no surprise the pace of the game was slow and KU had trouble scoring at times in half-court set.
Without a point guard they have no choice but to run sets that take entire possessions. We saw what seemed like every possession running through Cleare or Allen in the high post. It was clear they wanted to try and pound the ball inside to their only advantage, try and get our big’s in foul trouble and find a way to keep it close. They succeeded because KU turned the ball over again at an alarming rate and we didn’t capitalize on transition baskets that would have changed the complexion of the 2nd half.
A classic play down to your competition game