Coach Aaron Schuck breaks down the best BLOBs from Arizona, South Carolina, Stanford and UConn ahead of the NCAAW Final Four.
Are BLOB’s the key to winning the NCAAW Final Four?
It may seem like a silly question, but hear me out…
When taking a look at the teams who made it to the NCAAW Final Four, you’ll see that each one of them is clicking in all areas over the last 5-7 games. They have been able to put points on the board and get key stops on the defensive end. Within the flow of the game, I see all four teams being able to continue to score the ball against solid defense. I think special situations, such as baseline out of bounds situations, are areas that can lead to a national championship.
Let’s take a dive into the numbers behind each NCAAW Final Four team’s efficiency in BLOB situations based points per possession (PPP) during the tournament and see what we find.
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NCAAW Final Four BLOB’s
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Arizona Wildcats – Stagger BLOB
Offense PPP – .833
Defensive PPP – .778
South Carolina Gamecocks – 4 Low BLOB
Offense PPP – .955
Defensive PPP – .593
Stanford Cardinal – X BLOB
Offense PPP – 1.167
Defensive PPP – .85
UConn Huskies – Box Double BLOB
Offense PPP – .696
Defensive PPP – .421
So… are BLOBs the key to winning the NCAAW Final Four?
BLOB’s are a great way to “steal” points in a game. When losing close games, we always go back and think about missed free throws, turnovers, wide open shots that were off the mark, etc. But over the years, I’ve made it a habit to study special situations like BLOB’s to see how many points we scored off them and gave up from them. I do not just want to settle for just getting the ball inbounds; I want to score off them and prevent teams from scoring doing so. With three games left in the season, I’m willing to bet that if any of the games are within six points or less, whoever wins the BLOB phase will be the team who wins.
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