The immediate future, updated

In a post last week I all but predicted that if USI outrebounded Drury like they did everybody else, the Eagles would win, probably with ease. Well, the Eagles did outrebound Drury 42-32 on Saturday but lost anyway. I figured USI’s height and length would cause the Panthers fits on the perimeter and destroy them inside, but that obviously wasn’t the case.

I also think another factor I didn’t think about at the time came into play: Drury’s motion offense. USI has had lots of trouble stopping that offense under coach Rodney Watson. Only two teams in the GLVC employ it: Drury and Bellarmine, which almost always beats the Eagles, often quite easily. The multiple passes out of the motion and, of course, all the movement seem to screw up the Eagles’ defensive schemes big time. USI’s players, no matter how quick, can’t seem to switch who they’re guarding fast enough to seal off open spots on the floor. Thus, the offense creates driving lanes, open shots under the basket, open shots in the lane, open shots beyond the 3-point arc — open shots everywhere. The only time USI seemed to control Drury even a little bit on Saturday was when the Eagles went to a zone. Maybe that’s the answer.

One thought on “The immediate future, updated

  1. The two teams who employ the motion offense, Drury and Bellarmine, have been the two consistent, dominant forces in the GLVC the last 4-5 years. Both teams also have been very successful in the NCAA Elite during the same time period. The offense has given us problems over the years going back to NKU’s presence in the GLVC. My impression is that for some time we just have not had the two or three shooters that most successful teams seem to have.

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