Jimmy Patsos Continues to Lose His Mind
So last night was very good for ex-Gary Williams assistant Ed Tapscott, but it was even more awesome for ex-Gary Williams assistant Jimmy Patsos. Any time the head coach at Loyola can make national news twice in two weeks, he's doing something right.
Turns out his self-imposed exile on the end of the bench and then in the stands was only Patsos's opening act this year. Yesterday, he decided to double team the nation's leading scorer, Stephen Curry, all night, allowing Davidson to play four on three against Loyola on the rest of the floor. It didn't necessarily work; Loyola lost by 30. But the strategy was deemed such an awesome success that the Greyhounds kept it up even in the final awesome minutes.
The quotes were, predictably, even more awesome than the awesome strategy.
* "We had to play against an NBA player tonight," Patsos explained. "Anybody else ever hold him scoreless? I'm a history major. They're going to remember that we held him scoreless or we lost by 30?"
* "It seemed to me they were willing to risk the game at the expense of locking Steph up," Davidson's Bob McKillop said. "When you put two people on somebody and you do it for 30 minutes and at the end of the game, you have to wonder what the reasons for that are."
* "Every dead ball I asked them how long they were going to do this," Curry said he asked his shadowing defenders. "They really didn't say anything. They weren't very conversational about it."
* "I know the fans are mad at me, but I had to roll the dice as far as a coach goes. I'm not some rookie coach," said Patsos, a former longtime assistant at Maryland. "I won a national title as a top assistant coach to Gary Williams. For 13 years I spent on Tobacco Road. I coached a couple of No. 1 picks in the draft. And we scored 48 points. That's the problem that Loyola basketball had today."
Oh, and one more.
"Our goal is to win," Patsos said. "We weren't going to win with Curry scoring 35 and making nine assists. Those nine assists are at least 18 more points - that's 53 points. That's a pretty big number."
Tune in next week, where Patsos dons a Gorilla suit and rides a unicycle down the staircase leading to Reitz Arena. And I believe he's actually right about the long reach of history. Assuming people are still talking about mid-major basketball 40 years from now, and that we're not all living in cardboard boxes after a crippling depression, and Stephen Curry goes on to a fabulous Hall of Fame NBA career, the will certainly remember the time a coach sacrificed a win in order to pursue his goal of a win.
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