European basketball uses a 24-second shot clock and the NCAA uses a 30-second shot clock. You might expect that international basketball is played at a faster pace.
That doesn't seem to be the case. According to Mike Miller, "In the NBA and college, the focus is on early scoring and transition... Taking a 3 just 8 seconds into the clock is a great shot in the NBA and college if it's the right shooter."
"Euros don't play that way. They are used to both sides walking the ball up the floor and initiating their offense."
"So the tempo, urgency, and level of athleticism and defensive intensity is something Euros almost never see, unless they play American teams."
I would add that UCLA was one of the slower teams in tempo at #234 out of #383. Cronin keeps saying he want to play faster, but with out personnel, that doesn't seem to have worked out. If we continue our slow pace, I don't think the foreign legion will have much trouble transitioning.
I imagine the transition would be harder for a Euro coming to Alabama, Arizona, or Gonzaga, who like to play a lightning pace.
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