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In Ryan Odom's second year at UMBC, great expectations — and a good sweat, too

In Ryan Odom's second year at UMBC, great expectations — and a good sweat, too

At UMBC men’s basketball practices, the toughest drill is a layup drill. Specifically, the Lakers drill, so named for Los Angeles’ freewheeling “Showtime” fast breaks of the 1980s, the era of Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Pat Riley.

“Literally, just nonstop sprinting,” is how Retrievers senior guard Jourdan Grant described the exercise last week, and he seemed to wince as he explained the particulars. The goal: In a group of three, run from one end of the court to the other in three passes and no dribbles, a layup punctuating each trip. Then come back just as fast, rotating positions in the group, calling out a teammate’s name with every pass, so that each stride is more...

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