“Individuals play the game, (but) teams do special things.”
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“We want to find ways to get better every single day. Even if you’re on the right track if you just sit there, you’ll get run over.”
Mark Tupper of the Herald & Review on John Groce and his passion for numbers.
Groce is a numbers freak. He has managers and assistant coaches charting everything from shots attempted and made to screens properly and improperly set. And those statistics are compiled and posted daily for every player to see.
“They’ll be posted on the locker room door each day and every player will know exactly where they stand,” Groce said. “I think players want that.”
Groce’s obsession with statistical data will please the sabermetricians who have rewritten the way we analyze Major League Baseball, but there’s an old school aspect to Groce’s approach that will please the old-schoolers.
“We chart everything,” he said. “But there are two parts to it. One is statistics. The other side is the coach’s feel for how tough you are, how together you are, body language, all of the things that don’t show up on the state sheet.”
First there was Norfolk State beating Missouri.
Then it was Lehigh over Duke.
How about Ohio University beating Michigan.
Those were the 3 biggest surprises thus far in the NCAA tournament.
The similar mantra for all three teams?
Ya Gotta Believe!
The Bobcats of OU got it done and here’s a great quote from head coach John Groce.
The game is 30 percent smooth and 70 percent stormy, and you must be able to handle stormy to win basketball games.
Michael LoRe of Lehigh Valley Live on Lehigh’s win over Duke. CJ McCollum went off for 30 points.
CBS Sportsline.com with a great piece on McCollum.
Dave Skretta of the NY Post on Norfolk State’s big man Kyle O’Quinn.
I watched a ton of college basketball on Saturday; 12 hours worth. Not to mention highlights from many other games not included in my cable subscription.
Yes, I’m a junkie.
I need my fix.
I love this game.
This is a great time of year if you’re a basketball fan.
The first game started in the morning, 11:30 to be exact; how great is that? Memphis and Marshall in the Conference USA finals. The Tigers ran away with this one 83-57; their second straight Conference USA tournament championship.
Geoff Calkins of the Commercial Appeal on Josh Pastner’s crew that have really come together this season. They have won 20 of their last 23 games.
CBS went a little “ESPN-ish” on us yesterday during the game. They tracked ‘Demonstrative Reactions’ between Pastner and Marshall head coach Tommy Herrion. Come on CBS, no reason for this nonsense. Every coach has their own personality.
With the way the Tigers were running the lanes yesterday and all the breakaway dunks they threw down, Memphis reminded me of the University of Houston from back in the early 80′s when they squared off with Louisville in the NCAA tournament.
Second game was Michigan State and Wisconsin in a Big Ten semi-final game in Indy.
Joe Rexrode of the Lansing State Journal on the Spartans third straight win this year over the Badgers.
Third game of the day was the other Big Ten semi-final, Ohio State and Michigan.
Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press on OSU’s 77-55 win over the Wolverines.
There was an official in the game who is also an NFL referee, Gene Steratore. Steve Kerr, CBS analyst made it a point to note Gene’s impressive physique. Dude’s in great shape.
Spartans and Buckeyes for the Big Ten conference tournament championship today. The teams split this season; both winning on the road.
Jeff Mills of the News and Record on Florida State’s win over Duke yesterday to advance to the ACC finals today against North Carolina.
The Columbia Missourian on Missouri and Baylor; which was an all-out up and down game. These cats were flying downhill making plays all night. Bob Knight was on the call for ESPN He came up with some great stuff. Loved the shot of him licking an ice cream cone during the game. Knight had some solid defensive nuggets too for all the young players out there; ”The brain can’t handle the mistakes the hands make on defense.”
Howie Stalwick of the Olympian.com on the Colorado Buffalos, who the media picked to finish tied for 10th in the pre-season. Tad Boyle’s team beat Arizona yesterday in the Pac 12 conference tournament. The Buffalos won 4 games in 4 days to reserve their spot in the big dance for the first time since 2003.
Tom Withers of the AP on Ohio U and Akron; they squared off in Cleveland last night in the MAC Championship. John Groce, head coach at OU is a good guy. The Bobcats pulled it out. Groce, a math major from Taylor University went with the numbers in this one at the end of the game; up 3 he decided to foul while on defense, it worked. Bob Wischusen play-by-play guy for ESPN worked the game…dude does a solid job but he needs to brush up on his CAA and America East member schools.
USA Today on Pat Knight at Lamar; they won their 1st Southland title since 2000; Knight’s team finished 6-0 after his press conference rant.
Cesar Davilla of the New Mexico Daily Lobo on Steve Alford and his Lobo’s. – Alford’s team beat San Diego State yesterday to capture the Mountain West Conference tournament.
Then we had Louisville and Cincinnati from Madison Square Garden.
Jim O’Connoll of the AP on the game and a classic line I heard last night from Jay Bilas of ESPN who was working the game, ”Move the ball from one side of the floor to the other, you have a better chance to score…”
Patch.com on the Nightcap; UCSB and Long Beach State. Dan Monson has done a great job in Snoop’s old stomping grounds. At one point the game was wild…on one sequence guys were not getting back on defense, barely making it past half-court. But an entertaining game no less. Kudos to Jeff Goodman. In his pre-season preview for the Sporting News he had Long Beach and UCSB 1-2 in the conference.
Great move by ESPN having Fran Fraschilla in-studio breaking down games. Speaking of in-studio guys, Dan Dakich said Baylor is the most talented team in the country. Has he not seen Kentucky this year?
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Here’s the situation.
Up 3, you’re on defense, less than 5 seconds to play.
You’re the coach. What would you do?
Oftentimes I have had this conversation on Twitter and in the coffee shop.
Many people say they would foul, some say they defend.
Last night I went to a high school game and Team A was up 3 with 5.5 seconds to play and on defense.
They defended Team B very tough and got the stop, Team B missed the long three-point shot. Team B got the offensive rebound and made a lay-up as time expired.
What would you do in this situation?
Todd Milles of the Olympian on Virginia head coach Tony Bennett. The Cavs are 9-1.
It is Bennett’s third season with the Cavaliers. Things appear to be trended upward once again for the program. Virginia is 9-1, ranked in the national polls for the first time since 2007 (at No. 24) and is in town today to take on Seattle University at KeyArena. A Bennett trademark has resurfaced with this team: tough defense. The Cavaliers are second in the country in points allowed at 48.5 points per game, and they have held all 10 of their opponents under 60 points this season. Personnel-wise, they now have the blend Bennett likes – three seniors, a junior and a wave of talented underclassmen all coming together on the same page. No longer do they appear to be down in the dumps in the ACC. “There’s no substitute for experience. It was that way with those guys at Washington State – (Virginia players) took their lumps their first two years. And the previous group before that just had to scrap and claw for any bit of respectability,” said Bennett from the lobby of his downtown Seattle hotel, meeting with a couple of reporters Tuesday. “Hopefully there is time to make that transition.”
Brit Robson of SI.com with his NBA Power Rankings.
New York Daily News on two high school students in gym class getting into a fight over ‘stealing the ball’.
A 15-year-old at Brooklyn’s Erasmus Hall High School was in critical condition Tuesday after a fellow student stabbed him repeatedly in the head with a pair of scissors.
Students said it started with a penny ante basketball beef: Chevoy Nelson, 16, was mad because victim Alfredo Allen stole the ball from him during a lunchtime pickup game at the Prospect Park South school.
Nelson – described by a school source as a special ed student who is emotionally disturbed – was arrested for assault with a weapon, the Education Department confirmed.
Rich Rezler of Ann Arbor.com on Eastern Michigan men’s basketball with a Syracuse transfer that will help. DaShonte Riley played 31 minutes last night to help the Eagles beat Radford 52-48.
DC Bruins of Bruins Nation on UCLA. Are they better without their best player? Ben Howland’s team has won 4 straight.
My former school, Saint Peter’s of Jersey City play 3 games in 3 nights.
Providence is 10-2.
How about Ohio U? Another big road win for John Groce’s team over Northern Iowa 76-59. Bobcats are 10-1.
Gonzaga beat Butler last night 71-55. The Bulldogs are 5-7.
Games of Interest tonight:
North Carolina and Texas.
Murray State looks to start the season 13-0.
Seton Hall and Dayton.
Hartford is 0-10 on the season, look for their first win tonight vs Marist.
Chicago State is another team that is winless (0-11). They take on Oregon State.
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As a high school, college or professional basketball coach, do you enjoy scouting?
If you are a college coach, you scout the opponent and you scout high school players.
At the high school level you probably get out and observe your opponent and watch a lot of film.
At the pro level, well you probably have been scouting for a long time so you have your procedure down.
In the State of Michigan, we usually play Tuesday and Friday nights. Last night we were not on the schedule so I took off after practice and watched our next opponent. (A part of a high school coach’s job that the average fan has no clue about)
Someone asked me on Twitter what I look for when out scouting the opposition?
2-Set plays the team runs.
3-What kind of defense the team plays.
4-Their baseline and sideline out-of-bounds plays.
Now keep in mind scouting the opponent doesn’t guarantee victory but at least your team will be prepared. Always keep files on teams too. And of course, everyone has their own way of doing things.
Last but not least, seating is key. Your location is vital. Plus, conversation needs to be kept in check. Talking only before, at half-time and after games. Always sit alone too.
That’s Very Interesting…Basketball-Related:
Jackson Sun.com on the basketball being played in the OVC, led by Murray State who is 10-0 on the season.
“I don’t know if you can put any numbers on how much interest the conference is getting nationally,” said Kyle Schwartz, assistant OVC commissioner in charge of media relations. “But put it this way, (ESPNcollege basketball reporter) Andy Katz does a ’3-point shot’ shot where he highlights three teams, and Murray and Austin Peay were two of them today.”
“It had nothing to do with Doc,” Rondo said of the outburst. “Doc said something to me because nobody else said something to me. But it wasn’t directed toward Doc. I was frustrated about the loss. I think we were 0-2, I was on film a lot and I was frustrated. Doc wasn’t even running the clips. I was just venting. Lawrence Frank and coach (Armond) Hill were running the film session. Doc was just sitting on the floor. I was just frustrated, and I wanted things to be addressed that weren’t being addressed. It’s as simple as that. I stood up and I did what I did. Doc stood up and said something, and that was it. I stormed out and left. That was it.
“I went home that night and thought about my actions. I talked to KG (Kevin Garnett), and I came back the next day and apologized to the team.”
The Star-Tribune on a father who punched his 8th grade son in the face after the boy’s team lost a basketball game. What’s this world coming to?
According to police, officers were sent to Lakeville South High School shortly after noon Saturday. Witnesses said that in a hallway outside the gym, Wilson used one arm to hold his son and the other to punch him in the face. Other parents intervened to stop the assault before officers arrived, Police Chief Tom Vonhof said. The boy’s injuries did not require medical attention.
Lakeville eighth-grade coach Mark Kempton said he did not see the beating but heard about it from parents and saw Wilson’s son afterward.
“I was shaken,” he said. “It was pretty ugly. I felt terrible for him. It was obvious he took a couple of shots.
“Certainly it was disturbing because we’re there for the kids. If this kind of thing happens publicly, you kind of wonder what happens privately,” said Kempton, who has coached for about 12 years.
The Arizona Daily Star on Sean Miller who had some comments about the Xavier-Cincinnati fight that took place Sunday. Miller coached at Xavier. Sean is a good dude. Great coach, very intense and focused.
Arizona coach Sean Miller said Monday he was not condoning a fight when he said Saturday that he was “proud” of Xavier following a late-game brawl between the Musketeers and rival Cincinnati.
“My comments were directed toward my admiration of their on-the-court toughness and their respective approach to giving great effort as a team,” Miller said in a statement.
“In no way was I condoning a fight. At the time of my press conference, I was only responding to my belief in several players that I once coached and a head coach, Chris Mack, that I have great respect for.”
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Congratulations to the John Groce, head coach at Ohio University. Wednesday night his Bobcats beat the Oakland Grizzlies 84-82 in Rochester, Michigan. It’s the second big road win for the Bobcats this season.
Detroit Free Press on Ohio U-Oakland. The Bobcats were on fire from distance last night making 12-27.
I have known Groce for 10 years. We first met when he was an assistant coach at Butler under Thad Matta. I knew from that day on he’d make an outstanding coach because he worked hard, he was passionate about recruiting and he cared about people. Groce also was an assistant coach at Taylor University, Xavier, Ohio State and NC State.
During the 2009-10 season at Ohio U Groce led the Bobcats to the 2nd round of the NCAA tournament. Keep an eye on the MAC team from Athens, Ohio. At 6-1 thus far (their only loss coming at Louisville by 5 points) they are going to do very well this season.
Chris Morrman of the FlyerNews.com on Dayton’s big win Wednesday night 74-62 over Alabama. The Flyers had lost 2 games in a row before knocking off the #16 ranked Crimson Tide.
“It was a great team win,” UD first-year head coach Archie Miller said. “Sometimes you learn the hard way through the course of a season. You can really test the character level of your kids sometimes when you’re down and out and the biggest challenge you’ve faced is in front of you and you respond.”
The Daily Princetonian on Princeton’s win over Rutgers Wednesday night 59-57. It’s the second year in a row the Tigers have beaten Phil Sellers alma mater.
Entering Wednesday night, the men’s basketball team had not won at Rutgers since 1999. After Princeton blew a 17-point lead late in the second half, it seemed that the streak would continue. But despite a strong push from the Scarlet Knights, the Tigers held off the hosts when junior forward Ian Hummer floated in a game-winning layup with 2.7 seconds left to go, giving Princeton a 59-57 victory.
“We said we wanted to get the ball to him in that post on the last play, and everybody committed to it,” head coach Mitch Henderson ’98 said of Hummer’s layup in the post-game press conference. “He made a heck of a play. That’s a good Rutgers team, so we’re happy to get a win.”
Xavier beat Butler Wednesday night 73-61. The Bulldogs are now 4-5 on the season.
Iona beat Denver in overtime Wednesday night 80-78. MoMo Jones led Iona (7-1) with 21 points. Scott Machado had 19 points and Mike Glover added 13.
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Rick Majerus has the St. Louis Billikins off to a great start. Following the St. Louis Cardinals success, the Billikins beat Oklahoma last night 83-63 to capture the 76 Classic Championship. St. Louis is 5-0.
Does the coach still live in a hotel?
Congrats to Santa Clara with their win over Villanova. Steve Nash has an extra bounce in his step this morning.
How about Northern Iowa topping Providence 79-62? Head coach Ben Jacobson has done a great job.
Louie Orr and Bowling Green beat Temple.
Keep an eye on Ohio U and DJ Cooper. The Bobcats lost to Louisville 59-54 over the weekend. Head coach John Groce has done a great job in Athens.
Another top college player goes down due to an injury. This time it is Trevor Mbakwe of Minnesota. We’ll wait on the MRI.
Trevor Kapp of the New York Daily News on the fans with their opinion of the NBA Lockout.
South Bend Tribune on Tommy Abernathy and Bobby Wilkerson being elected to the Indiana basketball Hall of Fame. Abernathy and Wilkerson were part of Bob Knight’s 1976 undefeated Hoosier team.
Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe on the Celtics bench.
When Celtics coach Doc Rivers walked past Ray Allen at an Orlando-area celebrity golf tournament in October, he might have wanted to use mental telepathy to tell his shooting guard to stay in shape in case the NBA lockout ended.
Such a message was unnecessary with Allen, who said he increased his running during the lockout to maintain his wind and stay lean. But with the lockout now over, his physical skills could be tested when the Celtics squeeze 66 games into roughly four months.
Great, so now Bernie Fine’s wife knew about her husband’s desire for boys. After a recorded phone conversation between Miss Fine and one of the accuser’s was played on ESPN, Syracuse fired the coach.
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