Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
With the overtime loss last night, it looks like Northwestern will not make it to the NCAA once again, barring heroics in the Big Ten tournament. I think it is time for Carmody to go. His teams are just soft, and can't/won't rebound and play hard-nosed ball.
Monday, February 20, 2012
Middle Tennessee should return four starters next season with some awfully impressive stats, but I will go on record now as saying that they will not be nearly as scary without LaRon Dendy at the top of the stat sheet. He just is a huge difference maker at the Sun Belt level, and they will not be the same team without him.
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Some people argue in favor of the 3-point shot because it helps the little guys, who generally are unable to get top-level post talent, but can sometimes get shooters. That argument does not hold water with me. Sure, it helps the little guy, but if you have to invent a gimmick to level the playing field, what does it matter? If you can't do it legitimately, it does not count.
Thursday, February 9, 2012
This team really has over-achieved this year. Their surprising record in conference play may have lifted our expectations some, but I still have my doubts. We are absolutely terrible shooters, and with Neighbour hurting, we are woefully short-handed in the post. I love defense, but it can only carry you so far. For the season as a whole we are mediocre at rebounding, fair at FT shooting, and only OK at taking care of the ball. That is not much of a resume to make up for not being able to throw the ball in the ocean.
One thing the NCAA badly needs to do is something to make relevant the regular season in college basketball. The tournament is their big draw, but they seemingly have put all their chips in that one basket. Drawing fans to regular season games is getting harder and harder - and no wonder, since those games mean very little. Hey, NCAA - give this some attention. It is not brain surgery. But probably they are so focused on football that nothing else matters.
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
3-point shooting totally dominates college basketball because it rewards bad shots. However, it is a fact of life. So, I would submit that the single most important statistic a coach can look at is 3-point percentage defense, or in other words, a team's opponents shooting percentage from the arc.