The Beilein System- Should I put OT to be cool?

Submitted by Steve in PA on January 5th, 2010 at 4:36 PM

Last Saturday I got to see the Beilein system courtside at the Richmond at Bucknell game. This is the first time I've seen it run down low instead of up high or on TV. This offense is every bit as beautiful to watch when it's running as the spread in football.

Nobody was standing around. Every player on offense was either cutting, screening, or had the ball. It created chaos and missed assignments on D and the only thing that kept Bucknell in the game was bad shooting by Richmond.

My son's JH team tries to run a simplified version of it, but at that age there is probably only 3 players out of 5 on the floor that understand what to do. Now that he saw it from that perspective, he's even more enamored with it as well.

Thursday we see the Zen Master himself run it to perfection over PSU.



January 5th, 2010 at 6:49 PM ^

One of the things that has frustrated me about the team is that they really haven't been running the offense the way JB designed it to run this season. If done correctly, it frustrates and tires the other team and keeps them from being on offense as much. I see too many quick trigger fingers this year so far.

Hopefully, this changes as the year goes on. I didn't see the OSU game, but I would imagine that they ran it a lot better, judging from the results.

Steve in PA

January 6th, 2010 at 10:56 AM ^

This offense is meant to run time off the clock and not shoot until there is 10 or less except if there is an unguarded shot. It's supposed to take a lot of time because of movement and screening, not because of one or two guys dribbling and probing the defense.

Movement and screening is what creates advantage late in the game and I tend to believe that (among other reasons) is why we are fading instead of getting stronger in the 2nd half.


January 5th, 2010 at 7:39 PM ^

The defense carried them in the OSU game. I think they haven't been hitting the back door as much as they did last year, and that really hurts the amount of respect three point shooters are given. If they hit that back door even once or twice a game it can make the difference between shooting comfortably and rushing a contested jumper.
One thing I liked offensively about the OSU game is that Belein seems to have shifted the sets to put Sims and Harris in positions where they can isolate more. Not to say that they couldn't before, but I've never seen Sims have so much success in the post against a bigger defender than when he dominated Lauderdale.