Dean Smith vs. Marvin Wood

first_imgMy good friend, Glen Butte, shared with me a Sports Illustrated article on Dean Smith and his famous 4-corners offense.  Evidently, Marcus Paige was a point guard for Dean Smith and he ran the 4 corners that was born in a 1962 practice session of the North Carolina Tar Heels.  They used it for the first time in the game when they beat Georgia Tech 89-60.The NCAA would finally counter in 1985 with a shot clock to stop this so-called stall.  Today, of course, you have no chance to hold the ball with the 35-second clock which many feel is still too much time to give a team to shoot.In 1954 Marvin Wood of Milan introduced his “cat and mouse” game.  He used it to beat Terre Haute Gerstmeyer, Crispus Attucks, and Muncie Central in the state tourney run.  It was the same basic offense used by the Tar Heels in 1962, just using a different name.  Marvin Wood also used a match-up zone and a zone defense which were basically unheard of in that era.last_img read more