To be clear, i get predictions wrong all the time. I thought the Gophers had the roster to top out at 14-6, i was wrong. I simply do what everyone does, look at the teams and offer my opinion. UW is just so damn consistent in their approach. The formula is largely take good shots, do not turn it over and force the other team to take bad shots. All coaches want this but few can implement. Teaching great is a rare skill in any sport, any subject. It is like magic when someone has it, you see it from a mile away. Gard has not proven that yet but he was left a fairly tight spot and has won at a strong rate. Many people think that style is boring but smart coaches long ago that you can not out recruit talent against the best programs who obviously want a higher possession game. That is foolish for the team with less talent and skills that do not match. You can compete and win by out scouting them on intangibles, teaching better, playing great defense. Tons of basketball lifers, people who have spent their life in the game, guys like Jerry West will not miss a UVA game as a example because of how well they are taught in the skills they have to mesh together. Again, using a Ty Jerome as a example. He was looked at as too slow of foot, half a set shot, a tweener not seen as a true point or a true off guard. He had a poor offer sheet but what the UVA scouting report showed was that his intangibles were of the charts. His toughness mentally and physically, his fundamentals forged by a father at famed Riverside church, prepping under a fantastic coach at Iona PREP. He was not recruited from sloppy AAU games but from a regiment program, a life spent in fundamentals. His proprioception was as high as it gets. He played the court with his eyes, knowing where everyone was, knowing their skill sets. He understood how to change speeds and angles to overcome lack of straight line speed and then his anticipation wiped out that gap that remained. There are a million plays to pick from but the one that stands out is a strangely enough a dead ball situation. It is at the end of the Auburn game , last play on a side inbounds and because of the extra space on the sides at a final four he takes a extra wide position to create a better angle on the pass to Guy. It was practiced and in all my 30 final 4's, including practice no one else did it. The is scouting the intangibles, implementing them into a team, always finding a edge, playing to your strengths and away from weakness. Some people hate hearing Bo Ryan examples here or Bennett or Knight , do not read them. They are for context on how to be successful and why it is so rare. There is nothing worse for me than watching a team with less talent go out and just play. I enjoy execution of a plan.I can’t stand the Badgers and get irritated by Built, but doesn’t he end up right more often than not with his Wisconsin predictions? Their boring style wins more often than it loses-even when their talent level is down.
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