By Paul Newberry
AP National Writer
ATLANTA — There is dribbling, lots of dribbling, in college basketball these days. There is bumping and banging, lots of bumping and banging. Not to mention all the grabbing and tripping and colliding.
If this was roller derby, it would be OK.
But this is NCAA hoops, and it’s downright ugly.
There is little running the court, or soaring through the air, or crisscrossing through the lane, all the things that make this such a beautiful game. No, more often than not it’s just organized mayhem, with plenty of stalling thrown in for good measure, which not surprisingly makes everyone look like the Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight.
The college game, quite frankly, is in need of a major overhaul.
“Our game is brutal to watch right now,” said Jay Bilas, an analyst for ESPN.
In case you haven’t noticed — and how could you not? — scoring hasn’t been this low since at least 1982, and one has to go all the way back to the early 1950s to find another season that beats this one for offensive ineptitude. Field-goal percentages are at 1960s levels. Three-point shooting has never been this bad since the long-range line was added in the 1980s.
Some people want to blame the players, saying they’re not as good as they once were, not as fundamentally sound, that the good ones don’t stick around long enough to make an impact on the game.
Hogwash. Continue reading