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Defending the Princeton Offense.

Posted on: March 12, 2008 12:03 am
Game analysis:

Losing to Air Force was troublesome; efforts to dilute the efficacy of the Princeton offense by SDSU once again turned into an exercise in futility. Why does SDSU have problems with Air Force. The Princeton offense uses an unstructured style of play that has a tendency to keep SDSU off their man-to-man game. Fisher's defenses tend to be quick and relish a one-to-one match up; this, in part, is why we see SDSU force so many turnovers. However, the Princeton offense capitalizes on constant motion and passing in an effort to fatigue defenses. In turn, if your opponent lacks depth on the bench, the starters are forced to play longer and harder. Invariably, this style of play works well against teams like SDSU who have a weak bench. Since the departure of Kyle Spain, Fisher's main weapon of aggressive play through constant rotation has been compromised. This unfortunately doesn't bode well for a team that seems to lack the intensity needed for 40 minutes when defending against an offensive stratagem like the Princeton Offense.

Keys to a win: SDSU must apply pressure for 40 minutes; fatigue is not an option. They must aggressively pursue the offense via their vintage press play that lends itself to turnovers and disruption. Also, all the players must contribute. Billy White needs at least 8 or more points, and Amoroso must be tough in the paint to mitigate second chance points. Moreover, Lo-Wade and DJ Gay must have a good perimeter shooting games.

Prediction: SDSU by 6.

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Category: NCAAB
Tags: SDSU
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