Sports Illustrated Again Cites Brad Stevens '99, Bill Fenlon & When to Foul

Sports Illustrated Again Cites Brad Stevens '99, Bill Fenlon & When to Foul

March 21, 2011

92428March 21, 2011, Greencastle, Ind. — "The Venoy Overton Ploy -- [the University of Washington player's] attempt to counter North Carolina's up-three, intentional foul by attempting a shot from halfcourt -- warrants further discussion," writes Sports Illustrated's Luke Winn. "This is of particular interest to me because of a story I did on up-three, under-seven strategy in September; Overton's shot reminded me of part of a conversation with Butler coach Brad Stevens that didn’t make it into the article. Stevens, despite the prodding of his former coach at DePauw, Bill Fenlon, who's a huge proponent of the up-three fouling odds, was hesitant to commit to fouling every time in that situation." (top photo:Rob Goebel/Indianapolis Star)

Winn continues, "Stevens made the point to me that if a coach became too predictable in those scenarios -- if everyone knew he was going to foul -- then opponents' reactions to those situations would inevitably evolve, with players anticipating contact and attempting threes from anywhere on the court to draw three free throws, rather than two."79866

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Brad Stevens, a 1999 graduate of DePauw, led his Bulldogs to the NCAA tournament's "Sweet 16" with a breathtaking victory over Pittsburgh Saturday. 

In June, a half-hour program on FOX Sports Midwest focused on Stevens' success at Butler University and included comments from Fenlon, his coach at DePauw.

Fenlon's paper, 'Up Three: To Foul Or Not To Foul,' included contributions from Mark Kannowski, professor of mathematics; Tom Chiarella, visiting professor of creative writing; and Underwood "Woody" Dudley, professor emeritus of mathematics at DePauw.