We had a Foul or Defend last night in the Sweet 16.
We had a Foul or Defend last night in the Sweet 16.
Last week Nate Oates, head coach at Romulus high school here in Michigan found himself in a Foul or Defend situation. It was the state quarterfinals against arch-rival Detroit Pershing. Oates, who has fouled in the past stuck to his belief; he fouled. It worked!
Most people I talk to about Foul or Defend lean towards relying on their defense. (Some are still wet behind the ears, not really understanding the situation).
But make no mistake, some people, like a D-2 coach I sat with last night during a HS basketball game say right away, “OH I FOUL EVERY TIME!”
For some, it usually takes giving up a three to tie like myself and my guy Ray Lokar. It’s happened to me twice! I thought my defense could come up with the stop but nope, we gave up a three at the buzzer.
Yeah that’s right, we “see the light.”
Or, the light goes on.
Seven days ago in the Pac-12 tournament the Cal Bears were up three on Utah. They relied on their defense and gave up a game tying three. In the extra session the Utes pulled out the win.
Last night the Bears found themselves up three vs UNLV in the NCAA tournament and wouldn’t you know it; they fouled. Not once, but twice!
“I think that was on everyone’s mind,” David Kravish of California said. “I overheard the coaches talking, and they were like, ‘This time we have to foul. We have to foul.’ It worked out for us.”
Like my friend Bobby Walsh said on Twitter last night, “Old dog meet a new trick.”
Thus far in men’s division one college basketball there have been 43 “foul” situations and 40 have had the strategy work for them.
Cal fouling was the first time we have had a Foul or Defend in the 2013 post-season.
It was cool to hear the CBS guys Greg Anthony, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Greg Gumble talk about it in studio last night.
Since the beginning of the 2012-2013 basketball season I have been tracking the foul or defend situation at the NBA, college and high school levels.
301 late game situations have been analyzed since Nov. 1 where a team is up by three points, on defense with less than :07 to play.
Having talked to many coaches at all levels and watching a ton of games/highlights, and scanning websites for play-by-play, I have come away with some interesting and rather surprising numbers.
I have decided to use a “time out” and take a break from the study. I was thinking of picking it back up later in the season when we come down the stretch. Quite possibly for the conference tournaments and of course the NCAA tournament and the NBA playoffs. Just to see if anything changes in terms of numbers.
Here are the final numbers as of Jan. 12, 2013
301 total situations
On 30 possessions a team has fouled – 29 of those 30 have won the game without going to overtime. The only team that lost was Kent State. And that’s a story everyone needs to know. I’ll get to that later.
That leaves 271 defend situations: 48 times the team on offense made a three-point shot to tie the game and force overtime (17%).
I will have the results from overtime very soon. But as my guy Coach Lok likes to say, “results in OT are irrelevant, the decision was made…”
NBA Updated: (As of Jan. 12, 2013)
57 total situations
7 have fouled all 7 won the game (Celtics 3 x’s, Warriors 3 x’s and Blazers)
10 gave up a three point make.
201 total situations
13 fouled – 12 won the game
28 gave up a three point make.
43 total situations
10 fouled – all 10 won the game
10 gave up a three point make
Quote of the Day
“Think about everything you do or say because it will have an effect on you or someone you know.” -Frank Layden
1-TH Online.com on Fred Hoiberg, Iowa State and a couple of new players. Iowa State rode a pair of one-and-done transfers to its first NCAA tournament appearance in seven years. The formula worked so well that the Cyclones will give it another go in 2012-13.
2-Jeff Goodman of CBS Sportslinechecks in a situation with Texas and the NCAA. The NCAA is investigating whether Texas sophomore point guard Myck Kabongo has accepted impermissible benefits while working out in Ohio this past summer, Texas spokesman Scott McConnell confirmed to CBSSports.com. ”We’re aware of the situation,” McConnell told CBSSports.com. “But no judgment has been rendered by the NCAA.” The 6-foot-1 Kabongo is a Canadian who averaged 9.6 points per game last season and was in Ohio working out with Cleveland Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson — a long-time friend and fellow Canadian who also played at Texas.
3-Eric Prisbell of USA Today on Larry Brown, now at SMU.
4-Marc Berman of the NY Post on J.R. Smith of the Knicks, he’s upset that he will not be starting. “I think disappointed is an understatement,’’ Smith said of his status made clear by Woodson on Tuesday. “My whole process of getting better this summer and everything I went through was to be in that starting role.”
Another great pass from Camp Darryl leading to basket; On today’s date in 1955, Norm Nixon was born. In 1980, the Dallas Mavericks played their 1st NBA game.
Bernard King’s Journey to Springfield: During his freshman season at Tennessee, Bernard scored 34 points against the Wolverines of Michigan. Johnny Orr, the Michigan head coach, said: “He is probably the best offensive freshman I’ve ever seen. He’s a demon. If you front him, it’s difficult because he’ll get to the boards quickly. And he follows his shots. He forces a few – hell anybody that shoots that much has to – but he’s not a crazy shooter.”
1-Dan Klores of the New York Times gives us a history lesson on “Basketball in Brooklyn.” Klores takes us back to what it was like playing basketball in Brooklyn. Nice read…
2-Jeff Goodman of CBS Sportsline.com on Sam Cassel, former NBA point guard who has a few words for the NCAA. He’s not happy.
3-David Friedman of 20 Second Timeout is an outstanding basketball writer. I highly recommend you visit his site and bookmark it. Love when he writes about the old school players.
4-Detroit Free Press on the Idaho Stampede of the D-League hiring a high school coach as their new head coach. Michael Peck comes from Findlay Prep but he does have some experience at the college level. Nice hire. Good luck to him. Hope he does well. It’s great to see a high school guy get a shot.
5-Can we please put an end to all this “basketball wives” nonsense. Everywhere I turn there is a story about it. Do people really enjoy watching this stuff?
When you write about a topic or discuss one you’ll get two sides; It’s America, it’s what we do. There will always be someone out there with an opinion; whether they are well-versed in the subject or not.
I have been tweeting for a little over three years now. Some people like it, some don’t care for it at all. At first I was skeptical, but over time it has been a lot of fun. One thing about Twitter, it can backfire and bite you in the ass. I feel I have spent enough time on Twitter, have read many stories about it and have talked to others about to write a blog entry on it.
Responsibility, like in most other parts of our lives is important when it comes to tweeting. I feel my 50, 000 plus tweets have been for the most part decent. I had a member of the local media tell me I was too negative; I didn’t agree with her. A colleague of hers also told her I am the most negative person on Twitter; again, I don’t agree.
I tweet basketball nuggets, observations on baseball and football, motivational material, I tweet encouragement, I disagree with fans and analysts and I post cool pictures.
Far from being negative.
A few nights ago, a couple of Michigan State University football players threw some tweets out there aimed at University of Michigan football player Denard Robinson. Let’s put it this way, they weren’t positive.
MSU head football coach Mark Dantonio got wind of it and told them to put a stop to it…NOW!
Kudos to Coach Dantonio.
Joe Rexrode of the Detroit Free Press wrote about it on Wednesday. Here’s the coach.
It’s America,” he said. “But there are consequences that go along with that. I’m not going to say there’s not free speech in our program, but I think that I’ll say what I’ve said all along. You can’t be prideful. You need to approach this game with humility. When it becomes personal, that crosses the line.”
The story blew up on the national scene. ESPN and Jim Rome picked up on it. When Rome talks about it in the Jungle, you know it’s big! Around here (Mid-Michigan) people on sports talk radio seem to think it’s not that big of a deal. I have news for you, it is a big deal.
When do tweets cross the line? As coaches and administrators we’re smart enough to know that something an 18 year-old puts out there for all to read can hurt an athletic program or the athlete himself. A coach has to protect the reputation of the team and school.
Last season a member of my basketball team got into it with an opponent on Facebook; I’m sure you are well aware of the popular social media site, well Twitter is similar; you get to “express yourself.”
To be honest, I don’t see any reason for a college athlete to be on Twitter.
Facebook is different because it’s private; you can monitor who sees your information; Twitter on the other hand is not. You “tweet” something, it stays out there because someone will “retweet” it and so on and so forth. Even if you delete it, the minute it gets re-tweeted or printed out by someone, the damage is done.
Next thing you know, your 140 characters has picked up legs and the national media gets a hold of it.
Now you’re screwed.
Twitter is a communication tool. It’s a public forum for you to tell the world how you feel. High school, college and pro athletes use it as a vehicle to convey their thoughts both good and bad — they also tweet about issues going on in their lives. They tweet about their breakfast, lunch, dinner and what was going down at the club last night.
They also post pictures of themselves. And what is up with standing in a bathroom, shirtless and snapping a picture in the mirror of yourself?
A negative tweet or an inappropriate picture can embarrass the athlete or the program. And maybe even violate NCAA rules.
I’m all for athletic departments monitoring their athletes tweets; especially comments about the opponents, officials, fans of the opponents and the media. Most tweets that land in those categories are negative.
Last year a high school football player tweeted some awful things and when the University of Michigan found out, they stopped recruiting him.
I’ve seen racial slurs, negative tweets about fans, someone’s sexual preference and bashing of one’s own coach. If you have a problem with your playing time, go see the coach, don’t throw it out on Twitter for everyone to see.
I can hear people now, “but what about the First Amendment?”
Look I understand all that, but let’s have some common sense here. Bashing someone on Twitter is ridicules. And don’t give me the “well we monitor our athletes tweets,” that’s fine, but what happens if it happens again?
Some schools have had their athletes sign a release form stating the coaching staff can take away Twitter for anything that will bring negative publicity to the program. Someone on the coaching staff follows the players and observes the tweets posted. Is this necessary? Coaches already have a difficult job; they have to waste valuable time tracking athletes’ tweets?
There’s no getting around it, Twitter is growing. It’s becoming very popular and a coach has every right to ban Twitter if his players misuse it.
Believe me, Twitter doesn’t bring any value to a college athlete. Sure it can help the actual school for recruiting purposes, marketing and sports news but with a heavy class load, involved in their particular sport, athletes can do without it.
I had a college coach tell me, “A college athlete needs to be a champ in the classroom and on the field; not in the social area.”
That’s music to my ears.
School’s need to revise their athletic handbook and I’m sure some have already. The problems Twitter can bring to a school needs to be addressed in Freshmen Student Orientation. Examples need to be explained to these young men and women.
You often hear people say, “It’s the new generation of kids,” when referring to high school and college students. You hear about their time playing video games, spending a lot of time on their cell phones and of course, social media. Sure the kids are different, we all know that, but common sense is the one timeless trait that will never leave us.
Before you send your next Tweet, read it back out loud; would you say it to your parent, teacher or to your coach?
Be smart. Be responsible. Your reputation and future could be in jeopardy.
Interesting USA basketball note: Greg Monroe of the Detroit Pistons was not invited to try out for the USA Select Team.
Monroe is going to be a star in this league. He is all about playing the right way. Plus, he seems like a great kid.
Jerry Colangelo on Sacramento big man DeMarcus Cousins:
“He needs to be more mature as a person, as a player, if he’s going to have an outstanding NBA career,” Colangelo said in a conference call. “Before there’s discussion about him being part of our program, he has a lot of building to do….He has a lot of growing up to do.”
But hey wait, didn’t Kevin Durant get cut from the 2008 team?
You will get a chance to see Team USA before they head to the Olympics. ESPN will bring basketball fans seven exhibition games leading up to their quest for Gold. Mark Jones and Fran Fraschilla will be on the sidelines working the games.
By the way, it’s a joke to try to compare USA Olympic teams.
Christian Laettner is the only ‘Dream-Teamer’ not to be in the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Isaac Eger of the NY Times on “pick-up” basketball in and around the Big Apple.
Adam Biggers of Yahoo Sports on the Michigan State Spartans, National Champions from 2000; a few former teammates hooked up recently and their bond is as strong as ever.
Mitch Abramson of The New York Daily News on Nazareth high school boys basketball coach Todd Jamison. Seems like the coach had a physical confrontation with his athletic director.
Cameron Smith of Yahoo Sports on a basketball coach who punched a player…his own! The man was arrested.
UPDATE: The JS Online.com informs us that no charges have been filed against the coach.
CBS News on a three-time UCLA Bruin champion basketball player who passed away just a couple of days ago.
Kudos to the NCAA for allowing coaches to work out with their teams this summer. Athletes are in class, why not allow a coach to work with their team?
The last game of a 10 hour day yesterday saw a player from Camp Darryl score 52 points. Most incredible thing was he shot 23-24 from the FT line. Early on he missed his first attempt and then made 23 straight. This player was totally in the zone. Enjoyed watching his performance.
Filip Bondy of the New York Daily News with a brief history lesson of the New Jersey Nets.
One day in the locker room, Super John Williamson was unpleasantly surprised to read in The Star-Ledger (a scoop by the late sportswriter Mike Weber) that he was one of the lowest-paid Nets. Sitting on a stool, growing angrier by the moment, Supe threw down the broadsheet and suddenly hurled an ice pack at the unsuspecting general manager, Charlie Theokas. Months later, Williamson grew too large in girth and was shipped to a fat farm under the care of a trainer named Jack Sprat.
Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports on the hiring of Larry Brown at SMU
Mike DeCourcy of the Sporting News on Bo Ryan and the transfer rule.
“Nobody’s trying to hurt anybody. If the kid doesn’t want to talk to you about a transfer, just do us a favor and go tell the administrator,” Ryan said Thursday. “All we were saying is, ‘If you want to go to one of these schools, come in and talk.’ He doesn’t have to talk to me, but you can talk to a representative of our school.”
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports on Derek Fisher firing back.
The NCAA semi-finals take place tonight in New Orleans. First game is Louisville-Kentucky followed by Ohio State-Kansas.
On the last weekend of the three greatest weeks in sports here in America, I came across a couple of articles written on what else? Student-Athletes in college sports.
Joe Nocera of the NY Times has a bone to pick with the commercial we have seen over and over where the female athlete at the conclusion says, “Still think we’re just a bunch of dumb jocks?”
Rick Telander of the Chicao Sun-Times on Northwestern men’s basketball and the “one and done” in college hoops.
Ira Boudway of the Bloomberg Business Week on Louisville basketball…which raked in $40 million dollars, more than any other school.
Danny Wetzel of Yahoo Sports on the ‘other side’ of John Calipari.
“The perception of him is so far from the truth it’s a joke,” said Auburn coach Tony Barbee, who played for Calipari at Massachusetts and worked as an assistant under him at Memphis. “He loves basketball and that’s what he does, but this is the human element that is most important to him. Everyone who has played or worked for him knows it’s more than business.”
Yesterday I blogged about Bernard King not being inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame for 2012. Well another basketball guy has been denied too. CBS Sportsline.com on Guy Lewis, former college basketball coach will have to wait which has his former players ticked off.
Elvin Hayes hasn’t visited the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame since his induction in 1990, and he even turns down invitations to attend special events affiliated with it.
The former University of Houston star will only end his boycott if his college coach is enshrined, but there’s no guarantee that day will ever come.
Guy V. Lewis will be passed over again when a new class of inductees is announced before Monday’s national championship game in New Orleans. Many of his former players, including Hayes, Clyde Drexler and Hakeem Olajuwon, have unsuccessfully campaigned for their coach for years, and their frustration builds with each passing year.
“It’s a sad situation,” Hayes said, “because when I look at the people they put in the hall, and then look at coach, and what he accomplished, it just doesn’t make any sense to me.”
Ian O’Connor of ESPN New York tells us the HOF has passed on Rick Pitino.
Listening to sports talk radio out of New York City on Saturday morning (660 WFAN), the host hit the nail on the head, “you don’t hear about the basketball Hall of Fame like you do the football or baseball hall.”
He has a good point.
Quote of the Day: “As a player, control what you can control” -Joakim Noah
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The three greatest weeks of sports in America is coming to an end.
Three weeks ago I filled out a bracket for the men’s NCAA basketball tournament. I was able to pick 2 of the 4 Final Four participants.
Baylor and Missouri let me down.
I had Kansas and Missouri in the finals with the Jayhawks winning it all.
This weekend I think Kentucky will be playing Ohio State in the finals and I’ll go with Kentucky.
The Final Four is a great weekend. Coaches from all over the country meet up to have a ton of fun. There are coaching clinics, great food and of course 3 outstanding games.
I have been to a few Final Four’s over the years and have had a blast. I highly recommend attending in the future.
Pete Thamel of the New York Times on Thad Matta of Ohio State.
Howard Beck of the New York Times on Mike Woodson, the NY Knicks coach doing a great job.
Bob Raissman of the New York Daily News on John Calipari and Rick Pitino and the coverage they receive from the media.
Steve Kroner of the SF Gate on the 3-point shot.
Ted Lewis of Nola.com on college basketball one and done’s.
But nobody, it seems, can come up with a plan that might be an incentive for remaining in college, even though Emmert has labeled some of the one-and-doners “young men … who have little or no interest in going to college.”
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