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KILLING THEM SOFTLY
Grant Wahl
February 17, 2003
Here's how, in its 78-56 win on Feb. 2, North Carolina State employed the Princeton offense to lull and gull Clemson-and end up with an easy two
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February 17, 2003

Killing Them Softly

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Here's how, in its 78-56 win on Feb. 2, North Carolina State employed the Princeton offense to lull and gull Clemson-and end up with an easy two

THE SETUP
At this point, the Wolf pack has run 25 seconds off the shot clock using the Princeton's hypnotizing ballet. Note the maximum spacing of the offense: Four attackers are arrayed above the free-throw line extended.

THE MOVE
Defender Edward Scott (on ACC logo) has been warily watching the Wolf pack's Clifford Crawford (30) while also trying to keep an eye on ball handler Julius Hodge. As Hodge makes his pass, Crawford sneaks behind Scott.

THE BACKDOOR
Scott has hesitated-and lost. Because the rest of the Tigers are stationed outside the lane attempting to occupy other attackers, Crawford has an open path to the hoop and Hodge an unblocked lane to deliver a pass.

THE PAYOFF

Before Clemson's Sharrod Ford can arrive from the weak side to stop him, Crawford snags a perfectly timed pass from Hodge and scores two points-just the way it was drawn up—on the most basic shot in basketball, a layup.

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