Basketball: The Icemen

The "freeze" or "stall" is one of the oldest tactics in basketball—although it is clearly a violation of the spirit, if not the substance, of modern rules. Any college coach with a late lead to protect will order his boys to keep the ball away from the other team by holding it, passing it back and forth, refusing to shoot for the basket. Now a new fad is sweeping the courts: the game-long stall. Within a week, three of the nation's top teams have been bedeviled by opponents who set out to win...

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