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Shorter Shot Clock May Not Boost Scoring

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Butler coach Brad Stevens is known for his attention-to-detail. During Butler’s two-year run to the championship game, Stevens’ ability to diagram late-game sets, predicting the movement and placement of every player on the court, made him a coaching savant.

So it may come as a surprise that there is one area of the game that Stevens ignored: tempo.

“Never talked about it one time,” he said. “No influence on how we prepared or what we talked about in a game.”

That somewhat crushes what has become an accepted belief in the eyes of college hoops’ fans. The assumption is that the way for a mid-major to knock off a Goliath is to slow the game down. By...

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