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Why don't we run breaks anymore?

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Sat there wondering why this squad, as physically talented as it it, doesn't put the knife it's opponents a bit more thoroughly - after watching the game last night, noticed that we just never press the ball up the floor. No easy points. With the size, finishers, depth we have and speed at the guard spots, why not? Did we run one break last night? Or is JC's intention to be strictly half court? That of which hasn't necessarily been a Uconn strength trait?
 
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I think we'd run more if we had the chance, but we're not forcing many turnovers, and our bigs aren't great outlet passers. If we get a rebound or pull a loose ball in after a block or a steal in the paint, our first instinct is to protect it and find a safe dump-off pass to a guard, which kills the break. Our best fast break seems to be a Lamb three-pointer from the wing before the defense gets set.
 
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Yea I figured once the team got Boat that they would start running but that hasn't been the case. Before the season started I envisioned this team operating like how JC wanted the 09-10 team but couldn't because it lacked the bodies, rebounders, and overall talent to do so. I think trying to run halfcourt offense is a point of emphasis based on the way the team has played and the fact that JC hasn't done any griping to the media afterwards about trying push the ball more. I know there was the blowup with Lamb during the Maine game about how slow he was bringing the ball past halfcourt but the main issue there was him taking to long to get the team into its offense.
 
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Drummond is actually a great outlet passer, I would guess that Olander is at least a decent outlet passer.
 

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I honestly think it's by design.

Given the speed and ball handling and passing ability of the guards, the speed and length of the wings and the size of the bigs, I think this team could fast break all game against almost any team.

What I think is happening is a deliberate attempt by the staff to develop the half court sets and the half court offense first.

No proof of course. Just internet speculation.
 

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We're one game removed from seeing UConn put up 20 fast break points, so I can't really agree with the original premise.

Teams are coming in with the mindset that they just do not want to let UConn get into transition, even if they have to bail on their own offense a bit - you saw that last night and especially with Florida State. They're both excellent defensive teams and they managed to win that battle while losing the war. Arkansas decided to run with UConn and it went poorly for them.

But there is more to a transition game than going end to end. Even in a game where they don't put up 20 fast break points, UConn's efforts at pushing the ball up do pay off. Harvard did a good job at getting back last night, but they did look leg-weary late in the game.
 
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I agree with Fishy, Harvard tried hard to keep up last night, getting back quite quickly, but eventually it (and a lack of depth) wore them down.

There is no doubt this team can run now, especially since the BOATSHOW arrived, it seems that Calhoun hasn't completely pushed the issue yet, focusing more on the half court O. With LONG WINGS like Lamb, Scoe, and Daniels, and a BEAST in AD DOOM, we can run the floor with the best of them, not sure they are at the level yet of being comfortable to run. Usually teams with bigs that dominate the paint like we have try to stay away from running because it forces the other team away from our strong suit. Just my opinion
 
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There's little doubt in my mind that this team knows how to run. I'm less confident that they know how to execute half-court sets efficiently. If we ran with the likes of Columbia, Wagner, etc, I'm sure we would have run them out of the gym, but I'm not sure the guys would have learned much.

These early-season games, as I've said before, are somewhat analagous to baseball spring-training: they're as much for teaching, and for learning what the players can and can't do well, as they are for winning with large margins. You need to take kids that were superstars in high school, and break them of that superstar mentality, identify their roles, and train them to play those roles. So JC has a quick hook, and guys' confidence can take a temporary hit. We're now approaching the point in the season where he starts to build them back up again, and that's when things start to get really fun to watch.

I think, when we get up against the Pitts and Georgetowns and Notre Dames of the world, teams that force you into half-court rock fights, we'll be glad they spent so much time in these early games working on the half-court offense. There will be plenty of opportunities to run in the conference part of the schedule, and I doubt the team will have much problem doing so.

I've been a UConn fan for a lot of years, including JC's entire Husky career, and he's always used the 'cupcake' games this way, and fans have always lamented that we're not winning them by bigger margins, or by running teams into the ground. Come March, much of that concern has been forgotten.
 

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I honestly think it's by design.

Given the speed and ball handling and passing ability of the guards, the speed and length of the wings and the size of the bigs, I think this team could fast break all game against almost any team.

What I think is happening is a deliberate attempt by the staff to develop the half court sets and the half court offense first.

No proof of course. Just internet speculation.
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I agree - Coaches are forcing the development of the half court offense for when it will be needed (late, close games or days when the shots aren't falling) - UConn can run most of the non Big East teams on their schedule out of the building but might be in jeopardy without having the half court experience to fall back on when needed.
I also don't think that it is "turn the jets on" come January 1st either. Calhoun seems to match the game style (half court or fast break) depending on the opponent and match-ups. But by mid February it has become second nature that the team can execute either - it is this discipline to both type of games that helps UConn adapt and advance each post season.
 
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