NORMAN — So the name of the game is pressure. Oklahoma wants to handle Miami’s and exert its own. But what does Miami’s pressure look and feel like?
Sooner coach Sherri Coale did a pretty good job explaining it.
Off the defensive glass, most teams grab a rebound, find their point guard, hand it off and head up court. Most teams that rely on transition try to find their point guard with a quick outlet pass and hustle it up the court. Miami is in a third category.
“The biggest issue is whoever gets the rebound, goes,” Coale said. “If their four-man gets the rebound, she’s going. They just go. There could be a number of people (defensively) having to stop the ball and protect the boundary.”
The Hurricanes defensive pressure is different. Relentless, like Texas A&M’s, it’s in its own category, too.
“Their defensive tenacity is a little less predictable than, say, Texas A&M … (Miami) is chaotic in its defensive pressure. You don’t necessarily know where it’s coming from, and in that vein it reminds me a little of Ole Miss from a few years ago when we played in Dayton, just the random nature of the chaotic trap.”
Statistically, Miami’s numbers back up the pressure Coale was talking about. Opponents are averaging 24.8 turnovers a game against the Hurricanes, while ACC conference opponents averaged a flat 25 giveaways. Offensively, Miami averages 79.8 points per game and 75.5 against the ACC.
OU averages 76.1 points per game, 71.9 against the Big 12 Conference and 16.3 turnovers per game, 14.6 against the conference.
Miami has lost four games this season: at Nebraska (99-85), at Florida State (66-59), at Duke (82-58) and to North Carolina at the ACC tournament (83-57).
OU has lost 11 games, but Miami coach Katie Meier didn’t want to hear about them.