Even the ASN broadcasters knew and repeatedly said what Bill Courtney apparently did not realize: Applying pressure defense against Princeton plays right into the Tigers' strengths: lots of competent ball handlers, lots of good three-point shooters and a methodical, composed offense. Princeton is a fine team which probably would have won had the Big Red been in another defense, but Cornell made them look like the Golden State Warriors.
Fire Bill Courtney. For the love of god.
full court press defense is the single most overrated style of play in basketball. It only works well when the pressing team is already heads and shoulders above the other team in skill/talent. For example, Kentucky vs a D3 team.Once there is any form of parity between the two teams (e.g. two similar D1 schools), the full court press ceases to become an advantage. Any competent ball handler can break a press without much issue. Second, the pass always moves faster than the defense, regardless of how hard they are pressing. Over the course of the game, the pressing team is going to be at a disadvantage and give up considerably more easy baskets/open 3s than forcing turnovers/bad shots.The most effective defenses are ones where players are disciplined to stay in front of their man, help when required, don't foul, and secure defensive rebounds. Defense doesn't end with a missed shot. It ends when you get the ball back. See MSU and Wisconsin as recent examples of great defensive teams.
i wholeheartedly concur with the above anoymous....and would throw in david archer as well.....and andy noel..fresh start! these programs are an embarrassment to a fine institution
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