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The Ducks lost Malcolm Armstead, who led the Ducks and set a UO record with 89 steals, but a more aggressive overall approach in man-to-man defense, and an increase in full-court pressure, could more than offset the steals that went with Armstead’s transfer to Wichita State.
"We'd like to press the whole game," Altman said.
"Last year, we were in a soft press most of the time."
Altman said he was excited to follow in the footsteps of Eddie Sutton and Nolan Richardson. Sutton, also a former Creighton coach, took Arkansas to the Final Four in 1978. Richardson's teams reached the Final Four in 1990, 1994 and 1995 and won the national title in 1994 with a style of play dubbed "40 Minutes of Hell."
The soft-spoken Altman described himself as "boring" -- but he was only talking about his personality.
"We press 40 minutes a game," he said. "It's not quite the old Nolan press. We change it up a little bit. We'll back it up to three-quarter and we trap in different spots. But we do press all the time."