Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Monday, October 24, 2011
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Who starts a game means absolutely nothing to me. In fact, when I track starters from a stat sheet, I always do so in terms of minutes played, not who was in the line-up at the tip-off. However, because of the hype that accompanies the introduction of the starters, I can see why it is important to the players. A moment in the spotlight.
Monday, October 17, 2011
I expect the SBC to move upward in the conference rankings this year, but next season I expect us to take a giant step forward. There is a LOT of talent coming into the league this year that will need a year to get D1 acclimated, and a more-than-usual percentage of that talent is made up of big men. When lower-ranked conferences get several talented big men coming in, usually the difference is easy to see.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Friday, October 7, 2011
The Sun Belt will struggle again this year, but I expect us to take a big step upward a year from now. There is a lot of talent coming into the league this season, and when they have a year of experience under their belts (no pun intended), I expect a lot of good things to happen. Stand by.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
There are a lot of factors that go into the discussion of what constitutes adequate height for a basketball roster. Bulk and reach and foot speed to go along with the height are probably more important than what is shown on the roster. After all, the player does nothing with the top of his head during a game. Still, when we scan a roster, there are rules of thumb that we go by to see if this team is undersized or not. What is my yardstick? Generally, I look for two players 6-9 or taller on the roster, especially at our level. That usually will not get the job done at the Big Six level, but Sun Belt teams do well to maintain that standard year in and year out.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
I think it is inevitable that this team will run more next season than we have in the past. The talent will demand it. We do not have a big man whose strength is the post-up game, and the bulk of the team is down considerable. We are built to run. Eric Lawton is one of our best incoming players, and his strength is in the open court.