Friday, May 28, 2010


There is a difference between teams that do not run - that is, they do not use that as their first option. It doesn't mean they are opposed to it, they just don't do it frequently as a part of their scheme.

Other team's won't run. Their coaches won't let them.

There is a difference.

Cautiously optimistic

Again, I definitely think we will be considerably improved next season. Now, considerably improved from a lousy season may not be great. However, I think the tools are there for a pretty good season. It appears our front line is staying intact, and that could work out to be huge. Our top three perimeter players are experienced and capable. How the point position works out could be the main key for how the season goes.

Friday, May 21, 2010

calm demeanor

Good quote about the young Butler coach's calm sideline deameanor: "Most coaches mellow with age, but if that happens to him, they may have to check for a pulse."

Monday, May 17, 2010

new faces?

We may be seeing some new faces among the top tier of the SBC next season. Both Florida schools could be making a move, and Denver looks to be strong again. Will there be others as candidates?


D'Andre Williams may be a key to whether we have even a decent season this year. If he is the real deal at point, good things could happen.

Friday, May 14, 2010


I might have to make a caveat on my prediction that Shields will not be back next year. If we have a reasonably strong season and if we sign Will Neighbour, then he definitely returns. That combination of events is quite a long shot, however.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

one person?

Sometimes one player can make all the difference in the chemistry of a team, and you always hope that person is in the incoming class. Something was wrong last year, that is for sure.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

important, but not everything

Talent is important, but it isn't everything. If a team plays hard, plays focused, plays together - good things usually happen.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

hot shooting

Ricky Davison didn't just set the school single-season 3PT% record this year; he demolished it.

He shot 51.4%, way past the old record of 46.6% held by Nick Zachery. That is a differential of 4.8 percentage points.

By comparison, slots 2-10 have an average differential of 0.5% points, and the next largest was 1.1% points between David Hall, now in 4th, and Barky, now in 5th.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010


It is just a guess, but I am thinking that our getting back into the top tier of the SBC next season will be more an issue of chemistry than talent. It takes very good talent to win it all, and we may not have that, but we did not get the best of what we had last season. We have to do that this year.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

last year

I will go on record as saying that I think this will be Shields' last year regardless of what happens. Now, stick around and see if I am right.

Monday, May 3, 2010

half full department

Maybe the reason we haven't recruited hard this spring for post players is that the staff is confident of what they have. Could it be? Oh, well.