“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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