Shaw said the NCAA and the conferences know this, but that they're willing to push through it until it begins to make a difference.
"One of the unintended consequences early may be more fouls," Shaw said. "But we have the greatest athletes we've ever had in college basketball. We've got the smartest coaches we've ever had in college basketball, and they'll adjust."
While Huggins wonders whether officials will consistently call the fouls, his team would surely benefit if they do. Huggins admits that right now his seventh WVU team doesn't have a player who can score in the low post.
He's always been in favor of driving to the basket and getting easy scores, even if he's lacked players at WVU who could do that consistently. After leading them through preseason workouts and then practice, Huggins is at least hopeful point guards Juwan Staten and Gary Brown can do that more this season than last season.
WVU also plays a motion offense, which moves players all over the floor on cuts and screens. Opponents like to bump and hold WVU to stop the motion, but that would be punished if conventional defenses can't stay out of the way.
"Is this is going to force people to play zone all the time?" Huggins said. "Is everyone going to play Pack-Line?"
Zone defenses guard against drives and force teams to make jump shots. The Pack-Line, popularized by former Wisconsin Coach Dick Bennett when he was at Wisconsin-Green Bay, sees one defender pressure the ball while the others form an arch around the paint. When the ball is passed, a new defender jumps out to pressure the ball while the other defender drops back into the pack.
Both defenses protect players against fouls and invite jump shots.
"If this is what we're going to do with officiating, then this is what's going to happen," Huggins said.
Huggins thinks WVU has shooters, though. He returns Eron Harris and Terry Henderson and welcomes freshman Nathan Adrian and junior college transfer Remi Dibo, forwards who can step outside to make jump shots, but also draw defenders away from the basket and create room for teammates to drive with the ball or cut or a pass.
"It's not about creating more offense, it's not about keeping teams from playing defense," Shaw said. "It's about allowing basketball to be the free-flowing athletic game it was always intended to be.
"I think these are for the betterment of the game. Like I said, maybe an unintended consequence early will be more fouls, but the players are really good. Our coaches are really smart, and they're going to adjust and change rapidly, and it's going to help the game."
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