As a coach, I love to scout the opponents on our schedule.
If we happen to have the night off, I check the schedule to see if any of our future opponents are in action that night.
We practice after school, I head home for a quick bite then it’s off to my destination.
I get to the gym, find an empty spot and go to work for the next 2 hours.
You have to see some of the funny looks I get from the fans when I enter the building.
It’s like, “what is he doing here?”
Getting the teams offensive sets are key. As is getting their players tendencies.
What they like to play on defense is also very important.
Late game plays, what they like to do out of time-outs and of course the stats; I like to keep assists, rebounds and turnovers.
Also, when out scouting, you can pick up a play or two from the team you’re not scouting.
Last night I went out and watched a future opponent. Their opponent, ran some good stuff which I quickly copied down.
Scouting doesn’t guarantee a win when you face the opponent down the road, players still have to execute, but as a coach you prepare best as possible.
Lynn Zinser of the New York Times on athletes who quit while on the playing field. Seems like a New York Jets football player was accused of giving up during their last game of the season.
“Professional athletes always talk about the importance of winning championships and how it’s the biggest thing, but you sort of have to wonder if that’s really the case,” saidChris Stankovich, a sports psychologist in Columbus, Ohio, who works with a range of athletes. “You put a ring on one side and a $100 million contract on the other, and which is more important? We’d all like to believe the players would die for their team, but in reality, they’re not all like that.”
Diane Pucin of the LA Times on the death of former college basketball coach Gene Bartow.
“He was a sensitive person,” Johnson said Tuesday. “He was used to being totally embraced as a coach and a person and he was just not ready for the kind of vitriol thrown at him when he took Coach Wooden’s place. He never came to grips with it, and it bothered him more than anything.
“After two years, he was gaunt and pale and he refused to read the Los Angeles newspapers or listen to the radio because there was so much negativity.
“But he was a wonderful human being, a super nice guy and a great coach.”
Johnson said he still has a vivid memory of the end of Bartow’s UCLA career.
“He was under an enormous amount of pressure when my father and I and Coach Bartow were in New York City for a player-of-the-year award,” Johnson said, recalling his honor as 1977 college basketball player of the year.
“Coach Bartow knocked on our door at the Plaza Hotel about midnight and said he had the opportunity to start a program at UAB. My dad told him his health and family were No. 1 and if this UCLA thing was too much grief, he should do it.
“He was 52-9 at UCLA, won two league championships and that looks pretty good right now. I had a chance to talk to him about three weeks ago when it was apparent he wasn’t doing well and it still was apparent he never came to grips totally with what happened at UCLA and that bothered him. No one appreciated at the time the pressure he was under.”
C.L.Brown of the Courier-Journal on Louisville’s win over St. John’s. I heard Seth Davis of CBS mention that the Cards are not talented, that they are tough.
U of L (13-2, 1-1 Big East Conference) held the Red Storm (7-7, 1-2) to 14 percent shooting and a season-low 18 points in the first half and 28.1 percent shooting for the game. St. John’s, which has five freshmen in its seven-man rotation, went nearly 10 minutes without making a shot. The Johnnies were mired in shot-clock violations and several times took bad shots right before the 35-second clock expired.
Mike Baldwin of News-OK on Missouri’s victory over Oklahoma, 87-49. Frank Haith is doing an unbelievable job.
SHU Pirates.com on Seton Hall’s victory over UConn, 75-63. Great win for Kevin Willard.
John Mitchell of isportsweb.com on Alabama’s victory over Georgia Tech, 73-48. Anthony Grant with another nice win.
Couple of writers, Sam Khan and Joe Duarte from the Houston Chronicle with their capsule of Conference USA.
Graham Couch of M-Live on MSU’s victory in Madison. Their first in a long time.
“I keep telling people we’re 13-0 (since a Nov. 15 loss at Duke) but we’re a good team not a great team,” Izzo said after the Spartans’ 68-55 win at Nebraska. “You get to be a great team by winning on the road.”
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