Playing the spread

Have been so busy with other stuff I haven’t had time to blog about Thursday night’s dominant USI men’s basketball victory over Bellarmine. But there was one point in the second half when the Eagles went to what looked like a four-corners offense. They spread the floor and passed the ball around Bellarmine’s defense, forcing the Knights to come out and guard them. It used up a lot of clock, which turned out to be the point — in the end, the game took only an hour and a half to play compared to most college games, which take two hours to play. “They weren’t pressuring us hard, so why take quick shots?” asked USI coach Rodney Watson afterward. “Make them guard. And they were working pretty hard to get their shots.” USI’s defense got out on every 3-point shooter for the last three-fourths of the game — a first this season. Bellarmine never got an open look the entire second half, that I can recall.

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