Year: 1941

The abomination known as the four corners offense came into vogue thanks to John McClendon. With no shot clock and looking for a way to stall, McLendon would simply set one of his players up in each corner the offensive half court and let his point guard dribble around aimlessly. Dean Smith took this to the next level, culminating with a nationally televised game in 1982 in which North Carolina held the ball against Virginia for the final 12 minutes of the game.

That offseason, the power conferences all adopted a shot clock and three-point line, which mercifully ended this horrifically boring strategy.