Loyola (MD) had this neat little gameplan they decided to try against Davidson. They wanted to double team Stephen Curry.
Not just when Curry was in position to shoot. Not when Curry had the ball. No. Loyola-MD decided to double-team Curry everywhere on the court no matter what. I'm not kidding.
That meant that Loyola was guarding the other four Davidson players with three guys in a triangle zone. Once Curry figured out what they were doing, he just stood in the corner and let his teammates pile up the points. It worked: Davidson won 78-48.
"Every dead ball I asked them how long they were going to do this," Curry said he asked his shadowing defenders. "They really didn't say anything. They weren't very conversational about it."Both, actually. I will remember it as the game where Loyola was so bad that they held Curry scoreless and still lost by 30 points.This put a bit of strain on both Patsos and Davidson coach Bob McKillop. Loyola kept doubling Curry even though they were getting blown out. McKillop, obviously bent, decided to keep Curry in during garbage time to pile on the points.
"We had to play against an NBA player tonight," Loyola head coach Jimmy Patsos explained. "Anybody else ever hold him scoreless? I'm a history major. They're going to remember that we held him scoreless or we lost by 30?"
Fans who attended the game also piled on with insults, catcalls and boos. McKillop even wondered aloud about Patsos' motives. Did he sacrafice winning a game just so he can say his team held Curry scoreless?
I'm all for thinking outside the box. I know that Hack-a-Shaq sucks to watch, but it is effective. This wasn't. When Loyola was getting their hinds handed to them, it was time to think of a new strategy.