VCU advanced to the Elite 8 last night, beating Florida State on this late game baseline inbounds play. Coach Shaka Smart used a box formation and a two screen the screener actions to setup a ball side back cut for the game winner by Bradford Burgess.
Not for the feint of heart, this play took 4.5 seconds to develop, and last I checked, you only get 5 seconds. No problem for VCU guard Joey Rodriguez, the inbounder, who was keeping count in his head.
As diagramed below, Burgess begins on the ball side elbow, uses a screen from to fade to the wing. The original screener (the 4) in the diagram, gets a screen himself from the 5. In many cases, 5 will be open rolling to the basket. In fact the Florida State defenders, for a moment, all went with the 4. In fact, three defenders collapsed on him. Instead, the 4 floated out to the elbow area and the defenders all scrambled back to their men. Meanwhile, Burgess, moved into place to set another screen, but instead slipped the screen and was wide open for an easy deuce.
To Jay Bilas and the rest of the chirping commentators, I ask them now, “Does VCU pass the Laugh Test Now?”.
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