OT-Clock Management Rant

Submitted by Ziff72 on March 19th, 2011 at 9:00 PM

I can't watch one more game right now without letting off some steam.   This has happened multiple times so far but most recently SDS and Temple are tied with 1 minute remaining.  The team with the ball holds it until there is about 35 seconds and jacks up a shot.  

You have to shoot with about 50-55 seconds left so you can get a 2 for 1.  I understand if you can't find a decent shot, but to just hold it so the other team essentially has the winning shot is moronic.

I just don't get it.


Also, can anyone explain how for 39 minutes teams run offense to get the best shot then in the last minute teams just hold onto the ball and then go one on one.  If that was the most efficient offense why don't they do it for the 1st 39 minutes?






March 19th, 2011 at 9:10 PM ^

Did anyone else catch the SDSU assistant come off the bench when they called their last time and talk to each player individually to remind them they were out of TO's?  Looks like Fisher put in a new process.


March 19th, 2011 at 9:26 PM ^

Anyone see the end of Butler and Pitt?  Stupid fould by Mack of Butler with 1.4 left and they're up 70-69.  Gilbert Brown of Pitt makes the first and misses the second and then Pitt fouls Matt Howard and he makes the free  throw to win it.  A very stupid play by Butler and an even more stupid one by Pitt when they could have just taken overtime.


March 19th, 2011 at 9:56 PM ^

If I had known Jamie Dixon could so massively blow a game like that at the end, I would never have picked them to win it all...

1.4 seconds left, no timeouts for either team. Your shooter just made his first free throw to tie the game. Now, one of two things can happen:

1) He makes the 2nd and Butler has 1.4 seconds to get off a halfcourt shot or Laettner heave

2) He misses, and Butler has to do the same thing but can't position themselves during an inbound and have to do it on the fly--> they aren't getting off a shot closer than halfcourt


Regardless of which one happens, why oh WHY do you have your players try to go for that rebound when you know Butler is in the double bonus? None of them should have been on that side of the court. Dixon had more than enough time to gather his team and explain all these things while the refs were checking the time on the first foul. Just plain dumb.


March 20th, 2011 at 12:48 PM ^

As a coach I think you tell the kid to stand there and literally not move. Helps the shooter psychologically but takes away the chance for a rebound.

The fact is the kid choked on that freethrow.


March 19th, 2011 at 9:32 PM ^

another clock management thing that has been bugging me during these ncaa's is when a team tied/down 1 will wait to take the final shot until there are only 2 seconds or so left. obviously you don't want to give the other team the ball back with too much time, but it has seemed like there have been multiple games where the offense didn't have enough time for a putback to potentially win a game.


Mitch Cumstein

March 19th, 2011 at 9:52 PM ^

Way too much holding the ball for them.  If its the last possession thats one thing, but they were just doing it for the hell of it, not even running productive offense.  I agree with your rant.

Mitch Cumstein

March 20th, 2011 at 8:52 AM ^

It was definitely part of their strategy, but I don't see why.  Its one thing to use clock running offense, but late in the game they were using clock not running anything.  Unless it is the last possession I see no reason for this.  They weren't getting good shots is the point.  If you start your offense with 10 sec left in the shot clock and get a crappy shot, why not start 10 seconds earlier and try to get a better look?  It doesn't make sense.


March 19th, 2011 at 9:59 PM ^

I'm not a big believer in the "two for one."  It usually means taking a rushed, crappy shot, followed by the other team using up so much time that the second possession is very short and results in another rushed shot.  In the final minute of the game, take the best shot possible.  If it doesn't leave you extra time, so be it.  


March 19th, 2011 at 10:21 PM ^

Yeah, the end of the Pitt-Butler game was a coaching failure.  With only 1 second left, Pitt should have pulled all its guys off the line to avoid that.  The shooter should have been tasked to cover the inbounds guy if he made it, but everyone else should have been back to avoid a stupid foul.  I thought it was ticky-tack, but there is no question he fouled him.


March 19th, 2011 at 10:48 PM ^

needs to be smart and not go for the ball. Howard is simply trying to secure the ball, much less a shot to win the game. There's almost no chance of Howard making a full court heave shot. Just let it go and go to OT.  It's on the player, not the coach IMO.


March 20th, 2011 at 12:49 PM ^

The coach put the kid in a position where that could have happened and very little good could have happened. You are just about never going to get a tip on a rebound.

Obviously the kid needs to not reach but there's no reason for him to be there in the first place.