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MobileMunchies

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Violet Ram

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The Atlantic has an interesting article on Shaka as he begins his Marquette tenure.

My favorite snippit was:

Perception hasn’t always matched reality, though. While Texas played pressure defense, it wasn’t the swarming, trapping, full-court blitz often seen at VCU. Many have theorized that such a style can’t be played at the high-major level, where better-skilled players are less prone to be dismantled by a press and can, instead, attack and score on it. Asked for his thoughts on such a theory, Smart points not to the VCU press, but the fire that burned underneath it. He notes those VCU teams were “tougher, meaner and more aggressive than you, and opponents had to deal with that.” The press, of course, was part of it, but it was the overall style — a sort of belligerent competitiveness — that was the real hallmark of those teams.
Here's the link
 
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Cry Havoc, and let slip the dogs of war.

Still get the feels thinking about those Shaka teams, particularly with Weber just smothering people in the back court.
 
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