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And count me as skeptical that UCLA really wasn't interested in Smart.
Celebrating before the buzzer is unclassy.
I must say, this has been some of the WORST basketball I've seen--the Marquette/Cuse game was unwatchable. Both Syracuse and WSU make the final 4 after shooting under 40% in their elite 8 games.
Defense is basketball too. Syracuse played fantastic defense, and playing fantastic defense is excellent basketball.
College basketball is becoming unwatchable. If this was the NBA, there would be a spate of articles about how the NBA is unwatchable, worrying about the future of the league, cherry-picking stats to make it seem like they're losing viewers.
This is, I think, the first time I've ever agreed with the 'x' sport is in (aesthetic) trouble crowd, but college basketball is getting ugly.
I'm not taking away anything from SU's defense, but Marquette has been an awful jump/3pt shooting team all season.
Call fouls on ######## defense, call the intentional foul at the end of the game when teams start hacking in an attempt to stall the inevitable.
I think coaches are to blame too, as they are doing way more 'coaching' on each and every possession than I can ever remember.
Loyola averaged over 100 possessions per game in 1990
the second won't do much
It would do a hell of a lot if implemented and called properly. Teams are very rarely making a play for the ball in that kind of situation -- and even if their hands are somewhere near it, that doesn't mean that the foul isn't intentional.
I did not see a lot of logistics out there
Florida is supposed to be one of the best defenses in the country? I'm going to chalk that up to playing in the SEC.
i wouldn't be too effusive in praise of Michigan. they were the definitive soft team that would pack it in at times.
Michigan was a very good team before their center played himself into shape. Now they have an above-average big, along with terrific guard play that had them in the top 10 most of the year.
I haven't followed Michigan closely this year and I was floored when I heard McGarry didn't even start much of the year. When I saw him in the second round I thought he might give KU some problems, and he went out and put up 25-14 against IMO the best defensive center in college basketball.
I like Michigan over Louisville in the championship.
I predict UM to beat SU, too much offense (and length on the perimeter) for Michigan and SU doesn't have the offensive minded bigs to get McGary in foul trouble.
Also Michigan doesn't like to foul so they play "soft" when teams drive to the basket.
Does Syracuse have big men who can score in the post? That's the big weakness. Robinson will guard the second biggest guy but is only 6'6" and wiry. He doesn't have the heft/strength of his dad. McGary is big and strong but is not as good as Morgan with positioning and post defense but compensates with his energy and better overall athleticism. He had a lot of issues with foul trouble but seems to have fixed that.
If Andrew Wiggins decides to attend Florida State next year, FSU could become another strong ACC team.
but the ACC is going to be an absolute monster in a few years
This assumes, and my guess is that the assumption will be incorrect, that the Big Ten won't begin the teardown of another conference.
I can't tell -- is it a point in favor of or against the Big 10's "big boy basketball" that only one of their 4 top-10-KenPom teams made the final 4?
Also, Kenpom seems to vastly over-rate teams that have strong rebounding, even if they can't throw the ball in the ocean. Whisky, GT and Pitt aren't top 15 teams, but by Kenpom you'd never know.
I love advanced metrics but comparing Kenpom to WAR is silly. WAR is both way more accurate and precise than Kenpom because it's what happened, not a predictor
Kenpom has gone from under-rated to over-rated this year. Everywhere I go online it's "kenpom this" and "kenpom that".
People start to use Kenpom as a predictor (which is how you install Florida as a favorite against Michigan) but fail to also consider that Florida was mop-water in every close game they played and that they got fat on a dreadful SEC slate.
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