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They are tough to handle when in there together...not a better defensive duo in the country...Scott was unreal in the last 10 minutes with his steals.
What I like best is when they are both in together, Scott pushes the tempo up the floor, Craft may get a steal or if we get a rebound, Craft looks to get the ball to Scott and he's off pushing a break.
Hope to see this combo on court together more than not.
I've been beating this drum since day 1.
Good post, +1. I did notice that the tempo was faster with both in there and Scott is not afraid to get the ball to the basket in a hurry and get to the foul line.
I feel our offense is MUCH better when played at a fast pace. Our setup O is a bit disjointed, but on the break it seems L.Smith hits more 3's than during a half court set, and always have DT spotting up, Thompson flying to the rim, Rav runs the floor well..
I'd like to see us start putting some 3/4 quart pressure on the ball when Scott and Craft are in together. I think back to when Ayers had JJackson and the boys, they brought pressure and we dominated teams. This team has the athletes to play an up tempo, high pressure type of game. I'd like to see it once in a while just for a change up.
I couldn't agree more.
I grew up in Cincy during the hey-day of Huggins and Bearcat Basketball. I even lived next door to Moeller product Bobby Brannen in my brief time as a UC student. For all the NBA talent that came through campus, Hug's always had that problem of underachieving in the tournament. Most fans, myself included as a limited fan, felt it was the lack of good PG play/recruitment. Nick Van Exel was a once in 10 year talent at guard for a program like UC but there were many years where small forward types seemed to be responsible for ball distribution.
The lesson I took away was solid guard play was the primary factor in NCAA tournament success. Gonzaga and Xavier have shown that in years past with talented back courts and solid but usually undersized front court personnel.
Craft, Scott, and Smith (in that order) should be there difference makers in the tournament against other equally talented teams.
This post was edited by tembuck2 13 months ago
Will be interesting to see who we matchup with in tourney and their style, but thinking it will be nice to get away from Big Ten style (Wisconsin, NW, etc.) and see us push it in transition. Scott definitely pushes the ball and I love when we are more up tempo. we definitely have the athletes like Scott, Smith, Thompson and Ross that can run the floor and get out in transition. Easy transition points are nice to offset our lack of outside shooting.
I actually believe its Amir Williams.
If he would live up to just half to what I thought he would be we would be dominate.
Craft and Scott really play well off of each other. Shannon likes to push the pace and can get to teh basket a bit easier than Craft aand Craft is very methodic. Even when they are both in sometimes they flip flop on who runs the point on a given possession. I think the difference in their styles actually throws off the defenese a bit because the pace of the offense is a bit different depending on who is handling the ball.
Regardless, i have said from early on this season that these two should see the court together more often and they are all figuring out how to make it work.
I cannot wait for the Illinois game!!!!
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