Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Secret to a Guy Scoring 138 points

By now, we have heard of a guy who scored 138 points in a collegiate game. Jack Taylor, a 5'10" sophomore transfer from Wisconsin-La Crosse, did it in 36 minutes for D-III school Grinnell College, attempting 108 shots in that span, making 52 of them.

71 out of the 108 attempts were from beyond the three-point arc, making 27 of them.

It needs to be said that college basketball is only 40 minutes long, so one might wonder on how they did it.

Well, their head coach, David Arseneault, is a believer in frenetic basketball. His coaching bio includes this:
Known for full-court pressing and three-point shooting, his teams have led all playing levels in scoring for 17 of the past 19 seasons, while ranking first in the country in three-point shooting for the 15 of the past 19 years.

In 2003-04, his Pioneers led the country in scoring with a then-NCAA record of 126.2 points per game. During the 2001-02 campaign, the team averaged previous NCAA record marks of 124.9 ppg and 20.4 three-pointers per contest.

A by-product of his high-flying, fast-paced basketball has been increased player participation, enthusiastic home crowds and a virtual assault on the offensive records section compiled by the NCAA Statistics Office.

While on sabbatical in 1996, Arseneault fulfilled numerous coaches' requests by publishing a book entitled, "The Running Game - A Formula for Success" and an instructional video called "Running To Extremes." In 2004, he produced another video, "Running to Win" that describes the evolution of the program's playing style. These instructional tools explain his unique playing and substitution style, which emphasize shooting the ball every 12 seconds and incorporating as many as 16 players per outing.
So basically, they come at you in waves and shoot threes. Go figure.

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