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Monday, April 6, 2020

Ohio State player does floor slap on defense, gets driven past


The floor slap is an oft-used motivational tactic, so to speak. The defender has the floor locked down. Come at us, we dare you.

On Saturday, one Ohio State player found out the hard way that that doesn’t always work.

This is Jae’Sean Tate facing up Nebraska’s Jai Webster in overtime, clearly looking for a stop:

That is not how you defend.

Tate actually had a good night – 15 points and 12 rebounds – and the Buckeyes won, so no harm, no foul, and he seemed to take the embarrassment well:

Perhaps this is how Duke should handle floor slap disrespect going forward.

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