We have NO emphasis on our baseline out of bounds plays.
I rarely display fury during basketball games, but our baseline our of bounds play are among the worst that I've ever seen at any level. Generally, we'll have a shooter streak to the ball-side corner while someone sets a lackluster screen down low. The remaining guard will simply float to the top of the key to hope that the defender lets the lob pass fall gracefully into his arms.
I understand that Painter might not want to waste his "shot producing" out of bounds plays during the middle of a game, but it is completely ridiculous for a college team to have this much trouble getting the ball inbounds. Whether it is players sluffing off on the play or simply poorly schemed plays, this needs to change. Giving the opponent multiple free possessions when we can't inbound the ball is absurd and unnecessary. I can distinctly recall multiple times this year when a lob thrown out to the top of the key was stolen by a defender and lead to a score. I especially remember this being a point of momentum shift in the Butler game.
Hopefully Painter will address this, as it is an easy fix! A simple double screen for a guard works. Clearing out one side of the floor to get it to a well positioned wing player also work. Lots of things work very well! I don't want to tell my girlfriend that I'm going to "throw a playbook through the TV" again. Here's to beating a team with many directional adjectives tonight! BOILER UP!