Friday, April 27, 2012
Northwestern's problem winning big under Carmody is that they play half a game. They are superb shooters and ball handlers, but they just ignore the down-and-dirty parts of the game - rebounding and physical defense. They are like Wall Street bankers trying to play against tough kids from the neighborhood. When you only use half the game in trying to win, you leave yourself very little room for error.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Monday, April 16, 2012
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Wisconsin' defense was just ridiculously good this year. Opponents shot just 38.9% overall and 29.4% from the arc. Add to that the fact that they had only 9 turnovers per game and play at a slow pace, and the other teams really had to make the best of the few opportunities they got against them.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
It appears to me that Steve Shields is continuing to grow as a coach. The last couple of seasons he has displayed much more flexibility with his teams, while preserving the core principles of his basic game. Will Neighbour is going to provide some very interesting opportunities for him as a coach, given his unusual package of skills. With Michael Javes as a bona fide defensive enforcer in the middle for the first time in years, the same will be true on the defensive end.
Thursday, April 5, 2012
Remember Savannah State, who back in 04-05 did not win a single game - the whole season? Well, keep an eye on them next season. They were 21-12 this past season and won the MEAC regular season title. They should return their entire roster next year, including five starters that will be seniors.