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BASHBALL!
Phil Taylor
November 25, 1991
In the last two decades, college basketball has been transformed from a game of control and finesse to a battle of strength and power. Maybe it was never ballet, but now it's a slam-dance.
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November 25, 1991

Bashball!

In the last two decades, college basketball has been transformed from a game of control and finesse to a battle of strength and power. Maybe it was never ballet, but now it's a slam-dance.

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"The three-point line has made people defend the perimeter more aggressively," says Barnes. "What that means is that the low-post defender has to push his man out even farther if he wants to get help."

Widening the lane and enforcing the three-second rule would help college basketball regain a purer style of play. But changing the officiating, particularly around the basket, would be the most important step. Players and coaches adjust their styles nightly to fit the circumstances, and there's no reason why they couldn't rebalance the scales that weigh skill and strength. The game will never again be played quite like it was in Wooden's day, and perhaps it shouldn't be. Perhaps the guiding principle should be to make sure that 20 years from now, it will be a game the old coach would still recognize.

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