Creighton had their own media day yesterday. The Omaha World-Herald again did a nice article today on Booker Woodfox. The Senior will be a sparkplug for this team and I think will benefit the most from the moving back of the 3-point line.
But the AP story going around the different news outlets today is about Creighton reviving the pressure defense:
Creighton basketball coach Dana Altman hopes to resuscitate the Bluejays’ pressure defense this season.
The Bluejays return 10 experienced players, including three starters, from last season’s 22-11 team.
Altman likes to create turnovers with the press — something that hasn’t happened as much as he would have liked the past couple years.
Altman said the press “lost some of its pop” because of injury or depth problems.
He says it might take some time, but he believes the press will be back as a key component in the Bluejays’ game.
I think this is great and I have always been excited to see this type of defense come back and this team has the athleticism to make this happen. When Kyle Korver was a senior, the full court press and pressure defense created such dividends that made the game really exciting and really got the crowd pumping at the old Civic Auditorium. There have been some times of pandamonium at the Qwest Center, but not to the level that was attained for the full season in 2002-2003. The pressure/full court defense helped create that excitement. If the Jays are able to sustain a similar scheme this year, teams better look out.