Brownell says physical game taking rhythm from offenses

Clemson Basketball - Brad Brownell meets with Virginia's Tony Bennett

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Clemson Basketball - Brad Brownell meets with Virginia's Tony Bennett

Clemson coach Brad Brownell went on ESPN's Katz Korner this week with Virginia coach Tony Bennett and Notre Dame coach Mike Brey to talk ACC and college basketball topics. Here's what he had to say:

ACC expansion effect on conference strength, NCAA Tourney resume: It’s going to be great basketball. We’re really excited to have (Notre Dame) join us. Syracuse, Pitt and Louisville in another year, it’s going to be great for the ACC.

Night-in, night-out you’re going to be playing five-six-seven-eight-nine top-25 teams in your league so it will certainly help with that. We’ve talked a lot about non-conference scheduling and continuing to push the envelope. That is what we want. For coaches, to be successful we need to be getting eight-nine-ten teams in the NCAA tournament. Certainly adding those kinds of teams will help.

College basketball's rash of transfers: It’s a societal issue. Very rarely do you recruit kids that go all four years to their high school. Better than 50 percent of kids transfer high schools now. The difficulty in all of it is consistency. I don’t think there is any consistency in the transfer rule right now. I do think we need something done instead of all the waivers.

More instant replay this season approved, including video reviews for shot-clock violations and out of bounds plays in the final two minutes: We’re all worried about flow and stoppage and sometimes it takes a little while to go to the monitor, but I think at the end of the game when you’re trying to get it right – an out of bounds call could be crucial so I’m glad for that.

Is increased pace the future of the game?: Looking forward, one of the bigger things is freedom of moving. Players on offense having a little more freedom to move and cut without all of the physicality and bumping. I think that’s a big part of the struggles offensively to get any kind of flow and rhythm to your offense. Offense is about rhythm. When you don’t have rhythm, it’s difficult. I think the continued emphasis on freedom of movement will help the scoring a little bit as well.

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