Outside of coaching Hudson Automotive to the 2004 title game in the 6-8 year-old league, I have as much coaching experience as this cold cup of coffee sitting next to me, maybe less. I don’t claim to be a basketball coach, never have, and never will. I don’t even own a whistle or a clipboard. I’m just a guy with a beard and a taco addiction and a job that requires me to spend today writing about sports on the hour, every hour.
Now that I’ve made that clear, I have one question regarding John Calipari’s coaching last night: What was up with the double team? I went to bed confused by it, so I woke up and rewatched the game once I slept off those overreactions. And now that I’ve seen the game twice in its entirety, I still have no earthly idea why that was a thing Kentucky was doing against Tennessee last night.
Tell me I’m not alone here. Explain to me if you know, so I can know, too. Maybe there is good reason and I am too basketball illiterate to get it. Help me. Because it’s a real head-scratcher to me.
Were they trying to force turnovers? Were they trying to help Wenyen Gabriel and Derek Willis? Were they getting some double team practice in for Kansas? Did they enjoy watching Tennessee bust wide open three-pointers?
I ask because I don’t know and I want to move on with my life. Tennessee doesn’t have anyone resembling Hakeem Olajuwon, yet Kentucky doubled the post and was late to do it each time, resulting in free points for the Vols.