Arkansas-Pine Bluff men’s basketball head coach Solomon Bozeman called a timeout during his team’s game against Iowa State not to give his players a break, but instead make them run sprints.
It’s an interesting new tactic for the first-year coach, that’s for sure.
Even though Pine Bluff was playing the 19th-ranked Iowa State on Wednesday, Bozeman was frustrated that his team didn’t seem to be playing their best. So, with 18:20 left in the second half, Bozeman called timeout to try to regroup his team. This is when he made the team run baseline to baseline.
I’ve never seen this before. Arkansas Pine Bluff’s head coach called a timeout last night just for his players to run baseline to baseline. You might see that in AAU, but not college basketball. pic.twitter.com/B3sy2lhtio
— Michael Swain (@MSwain247) December 2, 2021
At the time of the timeout, the Golden Lions trailed 44-24. Although looking at the box score makes it seem like these sprints didn’t help the team improve, they did end up shooting 42 points in the second half compared to Iowa State’s 45 points. In the first half, for comparison, Pine Bluff scored 22 points while Iowa State scored 38. So, they did almost double the amount of points in the second half.
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Bozeman’s coaching strategy has received some praise and some criticism on social media, some calling it excellent while others are calling it unnecessary. Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s basketball Twitter account, though, has been retweeting some of the praise Bozeman’s received.
— Kevin Kindall (@Coach_Kevin501) December 2, 2021
Bozeman’s Golden Lions are only 1-8 this season after their 83-64 loss to Iowa State on Wednedsay. Their one and only win came from the previous game against Arkansas Baptist College. So, the team originally started out 0-7.
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Unfortunately for Bozeman and his squad, they are facing the No. 4 Baylor Bears next on Saturday. They also play No. 7 Texas on Dec. 14. Otherwise, their schedule consists of smaller unranked schools like themselves, so this gives them a chance to try to improve their record.
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Coach Bozeman has not spoken about the sprint situation yet, including what could have sparked his coaching decision.