It’s the Sweet 16, so that means it’s time to climb aboard the bandwagon now that college basketball matters. As always, Jean Shorts Torture is here to bring you unparalleled analysis and expert opinion, because we have a website and that means we know more about basketball than most people.
We’ve been reading a lot about Florida Gulf Coast and watching some sick videos that all tell us the Eagles like to dunk the basketball – either by traditional ball-in-hand-from-the-ground-to-the-rim style or via what we understand is called an alley-oop. They like dunking so much that the City of Fort Myers has changed it’s slogan to #DunkCity, which is a pretty drastic change from their previous slogan: #AsManyBeachesButFewerOldPeopleThanNaplesProbably. So the Gators will probably want to limit the number of times the other team is allowed to do slam dunks.
Of course too much emphasis on defending against the slam-dunk could leave the perimeter undefended, in which case Florida Gulf Coast will probably try to shoot lots of 3-pointers. Those are worth more than slam dunks, so we certainly don’t want those going into the basket. In short, the Gator defense needs to defend the inside AS WELL AS the outside and contest as many jumpers as they can. Also, Florida will need to rebound the ball, because that means the Eagles won’t get another chance to try and score until they get the ball back.
To review. Florida needs to defend the inside, defend the perimeter, contest shots and get rebounds. And they should probably try to limit points in transition, too, because that’s where a lot of those alley-oop thingies happen.
On offense, it’s a totally different story. Instead of trying to prevent things like dunks, 3-pointers and points in transition, the Gators will be wanting to be DOING those things. All of them lead to points on the scoreboard and if the Gators have more points on the scoreboard than the other team at the end of the second half, then Florida will have won the game.
Again, to review: The Gators should look to score points in transition, and also score baskets worth either two or three points (depending on what is open). Oh, and of course Florida should try to get fouled so they can take free throws. The other team isn’t even allowed to try and stop those so it must be pretty easy to make them.
If Florida does all of these things well, it shouldn’t even be close. In fact, they can apply this same strategy in ALL games and stand a pretty good chance at winning.
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