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Four corners

I had lunch Saturday with my  old friends Mark and Sheila  from graduate school (the ones I mentioned in this entry). Their daughter Lisa was also there. We spent a lot of time talking about Chapel Hill (where we went to graduate school) and reminiscing.

Sheila mentioned something about the Four Corners restaurant in Chapel Hill. I wondered aloud how many people even know what the restaurant's name originally referred to. Dean Smith's famous four corners offense was well known at the time the restaurant opened. This is basically a strategy  where four players pass the ball back and forth to retain possession of the ball . Now that strategy  is obsolete  because the NCAA shot clock makes it impossible to pass the ball back and forth long enough. I pointed out that whatever else you say about Dean Smith's legacy, he can take credit for being the reason the NCAA has a shot clock.

The four corners offense was usually used at the end of the game when the Tar Heels were ahead, but Mark spoke of a Duke game where UNC started playing four corners from the beginning. It didn't work that well. Duke was ahead by 7 points at half-time. But what was really interesting is that the score was 7-0. That has to be a record low half-time score.

Lisa listened very patiently as we discussed this.  The four corners died in 1986 with the introduction of the shot clock, and I'm quite sure this was before she was born. It must have sounded to her like we were talking about horse-drawn carriages or land line phones.

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