Over the summer, Pat Skerry devised a two-question survey for his Towson men’s basketball team. A psychology major at Tufts, he knew that if he quizzed the players himself, they’d tell him what he wanted to hear. So an assistant coach did the asking:
How many minutes per game do you expect to play this season?
How many shots per game do you expect to take this season?
The results reflected his Tigers’ confidence, and maybe Skerry’s biggest problem ahead of this much-anticipated season. In all, he told his team, there were twice as many expected shots and nearly twice as many expected minutes as in a normal Towson game.
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