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Username Post: Princeton 70 Davidson 68 (2OT)

01-03-05 10:26 PM - Post#1786    
    In response to Jon Solomon


"What did you think of Joe Scott's strategy to have Max foul Davidson on purpose in the last minute of the second overtime?"

Scott did the same thing vs. Holy Cross. Said afterwards that he lost a game at Air Force because he didn't foul up three in the same situation and he vowed to never let that happen again.

I usually like this strategy but I wonder about it's wisdom with a small Princeton squad. PU historically has lost some big games on rebounded FT misses. I think you weigh the likelihood of the opponent hitting a three versus the likelihood of making a FT and then putting back the rebound. You also weigh the chance of a foul on the three point shot versus a foul on the put back. Generally, speaking I think the chance of being tied is less with fouling but the chance of being behind is slightly higher. Whether either strategy leads to more wins is determined by the opponents ability to hit 3s, make FTs and rebound. This probably would be a good strategy in the league but less so against bigger athletic teams.
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