Video: Oakland University Runs Genius Inbounds Play
With a mere six-tenths of a second remaining and trailing Youngstown State by two in the opening round of the Horizon League tournament on Tuesday, things seemed bleak for Oakland University. However, Golden Grizzlies head coach Greg Kampe had one hell of an ace up his sleeve.
Kampe had his inbounds passer run the baseline, knowing that the Youngstown defender would shadow him the whole time. Meanwhile, Oakland’s Travis Bader stood stationary along the same baseline. The Youngstown player was whistled for a foul after colliding with Bader, sending Bader to the charity stripe for the game-tying free throws en route to the Grizzlies’ 96-92 overtime win.
“We were trying to draw the guy guarding the inbounds pass to foul,” Bader told reporters afterward. “A circumstance like that, there’s a lot going on and you think he’s trying to heave it down court, so it was a really nice drawn-up play by coach Kampe.”
Some might consider it a cheap play, but to his credit Kampe conferred with officials ahead of time to let them know that he was running the play and confirm that they would call the foul if Bader got run over.
“I go, ‘You got to call it now if he runs him over,’” Kampe told reporters. “He goes, ‘If he runs him over, Bader goes down and he goes down on top of him, I’ll call it.’ “