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Doing some wondering

December 1, 2011 - Jay Bennett
Sometimes, I just don't get it.

Back in my college days, I remember helping a professor do a little research for what I assume eventually went toward him getting his doctorate. He had VHS tape after VHS tape of college men's basketball games and my job was to track the long ball.

The idea, I believe, was for a thesis about 3-point shooting early and often. Basically, think the Glenville State College women's basketball team and head coach Bunky Harkleroad's frenzied coaching philosophy.

Simply put, some coaches believe a team is considered to be better off if they can hoist up tons of shots a game, using the 3-point line as a weapon, because in the end if a squad can put up close to 100 shots with a lot of them being 3-point attempts they should have a decided advantage in winning the contest.

Obviously, that philosophy has been something coach Harkleroad has done for quite a while and it worked well enough last winter for the Pioneer women to capture the tournament title in the West Virginia Conference.

Moving forward to the Fairmont State at Ohio Valley men's college basketball game I just attended, something drew my ire.

Honestly, it's been a pet peeve of mine for quite a while and this was the first time I'd seen it this year in college hoops — in person or on television.

OVU had a 1-and-1 at the foul line with 58.5 seconds left in the first half. After missing the shot, FSU had the chance to take an easy 2-for-1 opportunity at the other end, but as what normally takes place they held the ball for an extended amount of time and only got one shot off.

Of course, to each their own as evidenced by not many people doing what coach Harkleroad does. However, I'll never understand why coaches don't take advantage of 2-for-1 chances when they get them.


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