Originally Posted by Redlegs23
Hmm, you don't watch much UC basketball do you. Kennedy actually has a very different approach to the game than Huggins did. Kennedy's team is running a lot more of a set offense and scoring more points than Huggins teams did. They also let up more points and don't rebound as well. Two different styles really.
Kennedy has played on every level there is to play on. He's seen a ton of different coaches in his day. I think he knows a bit more than what he saw from Huggins the past few years.
Kennedy coached at UAB and South Alabama - his coaching experience the last 4 seasons has been solely influenced by Huggins'. His playing days don't mean anything to me as a coach - Huggins' just didn't play pro ball for a brief period of time like Kennedy did.
UC gives up more points because they are under-sized and play in the Big East - this is obvious. That is also the same reason they don't rebound as much - they are under-sized and under-manned, playing 3 small guards quite a bit at times.
Huggins was also fond of bringing in a banger from the football team when necessary.
Kennedy's team traps and employs a full court press, more often before Armein went down. And are you trying to tell me Huggins' never had a set offense? Cmon.
Kennedy has his players playing relaxed and confident - due to his less volatile style - they are more precise, relaxed, smooth and disciplined on the court - I think a lot of that is that they don't have a guy storming up and down the court more interested in screaming at the refs than paying attention to the nuances of what's going on with his team. (among other things)
The end game shot last night was a perfect example of Huggins' influence - give the ball to the best scorer and let him take the ball all the way up the court and shoot it- no passes - no screens - no set or planned plays - very Hugginsesque.
The last time I saw an end-game set play was in the Alaska Shootout versus Duke with Huggs.
I have watched UC basketball since the late 80's.