Ranking the 10 Best Small-Ball Teams of the Past Decade

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Ranking the 10 Best Small-Ball Teams of the Past Decade
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There's an old saying in basketball that you can't teach height, but teams have figured out how to beat height by taking a small-ball approach to the game.

It's not a specific scheme like Syracuse's 2-3 zone or Princeton's offense, but rather it's an effort to let speed, athleticism and three-point shooting make up for the fact that teams don't have Shaquille O'Neal in the paint.

Basically, you know it's small ball when you see it.

Often, teams will be unwillingly forced to play small ball for brief stretches of games or seasons due to foul trouble or injuries, but some teamssuch as Oregon in 2006-07 and Butler in 2009-10make it their approach from day one.

These are the 10 teams who were best at small ball throughout the past decade.

If Oklahoma State keeps winning games by an average of 40.8 points per game while rarely playing anyone taller than 6'8", it's a safe bet that the Cowboys will have the top spot in next year's ranking.

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