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Alex Len's handling of being double-teamed

I think that, being lost in the win over Duke and Alex Len's performance, is that Len has had his best games (Duke & Kentucky) while not being double-teamed. From watching Len over the course of the season, he has a lot of issues with his decision making process when this happens. First off, he is not a good passer out of the post. Most of the time he tries to dribble away from the basket in those situations, looking for someone to pass to. This causes a trickle-down effect, in my opinion, where he ends up passing the ball farther in distance than he has to or to a guard in a bad position, which limits the opportunity to swing the ball for an open shot. He also is then unable to get the ball right back in post-position. If he learns to move the ball while still in the post, it creates an opening for a wing three-pointer for someone on the other side of the court if the ball moves as it should, as well as an opportunity for a drive and/or kick play. If he learns to do that, and we make our three pointers, Len would not have to deal with the double-team as frequently.

So before we get too caught up in how well he played against Duke, I think it is important to remember that we have to see how he does when someone doubles him and how he reacts. Does he cause the offense to slow down or does he facilitate movement for an open shot? I just don't think all of the blame goes on the point guards for why he doesn't get shots.

To finish, I am a huge Terps fan and am excited about what this team can do, but I still want to see how Len does outside of his comfort zone.

Here is a link to a piece that echoes my thoughts to some degree and motivated me to write this post.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1532990-maryland-basketball-alex-len-is-key-for-terrapins-run-to-the-ncaa-tournament

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