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A Tempo-Free Look at the A-10 Championship

by - Published March 13, 2011 in Conference Notes

LYNDHURST, NJ – Richmond earned their first Atlantic Ten Tournament title with a 67-54 decision over Dayton. The final at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall featured an outstanding defensive effort. The numbers:

Possessions: Dayton 61 Richmond 58
Offensive Efficiency: Dayton 89 Richmond 116 … Continue Reading

Notre Dame Playing As Well As Anyone

by - Published March 11, 2011 in Conference Notes

NEW YORK – There isn’t anyone playing better than Notre Dame right now. If the fact that they had only lost once since mid-January doesn’t convince you, then perhaps their 89-51 dismantling of Cincinnati in the quarterfinals of the Big East Tournament will.

Notre Dame won’t leap out at you with big-time talent. There’s a reason many are surprised by how good this team has been, and it isn’t just that they lost the program’s all-time leading scorer in Luke Harangody and a key leader in point guard Tory Jackson. In the past, they’ve had plenty coming back, but this year that didn’t appear to be the case. But this team is much more than just the sum of its individual parts, and while it’s a cliché, it rings so true with this team that it bears mentioning. … Continue Reading

Big East Commissioner on End of Rutgers-St. John’s

by - Published March 9, 2011 in Conference Notes

NEW YORK – Following St. John’s 65-63 win over Rutgers in the second round of the Big East Tournament, Big East Commissioner John Marinatto released a statement regarding the end of the game. There was controversy over how it ended, with broadcasts showing that St. John’s forward Justin Brownlee stepped out of bounds with time still remaining on the clock. Below is the text of Marinatto’s statement:

“The BIG EAST Conference acknowledges that two separate officiating errors occurred at the conclusion of the St. John’s vs Rutgers game. Both missed violations should have caused the game clock to stop and a change of possession to occur prior to the end of the game. Neither error is reviewable or correctable under NCAA playing rules.”

Calhoun sees Big East Deserving of 11 Bids

by - Published March 9, 2011 in Conference Notes

NEW YORK – Should the Big east send eleven members to the Big Dance? In the estimation of UConn coach Jim Calhoun, why not ?

“First the field is 68, not 64 anymore,” Calhoun said following the Huskies’ first round win over DePaul. “Look what our teams have done (out of conference). We have beaten the Purdues and the Kentuckys out there.” In conference, the Big East schools just go at it relentlessly. Virtually every night games are one- or two-possession affairs. To Calhoun there is not a “weak sister” among them. … Continue Reading

George Mason and VCU: Now What?

by - Published March 9, 2011 in Conference Notes, Your Phil of Hoops

We know Old Dominion will be in the NCAA Tournament. The Monarchs claimed their second straight conference title on Monday night with a win over arch-rival VCU. With that out of the way, what happens for some of the other top teams in the conference? Specifically, will George Mason and VCU make the NCAA Tournament as well?

That question can’t be answered here, but examining both teams’ case is a worthwhile exercise.

Most pundits figure George Mason is in. The Patriots won the regular season in what may be the best year ever for the CAA. They entered Championship Week as the hottest team in the country with 15 straight wins before the CAA Tournament. Their RPI is 27, which historically bodes well, although Missouri State can attest to that not being a sure thing. And the Patriots’ case is perhaps a little more interesting than one might think. … Continue Reading

March “Sadness” – Bidding an Outstanding Senior Good Bye

by - Published March 6, 2011 in Conference Notes

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – This was one that hurt. Like salt on a fresh wound. Seventh-seeded Canisius dropped a quarterfinal heartbreaker to second seed Loyola on Friday in the MAAC women’s quarterfinal.

The pain was on the expression of Micayla Drysdale. The Canisius senior guard, as usual, did all she could. Drysdale canned two free throws with three seconds left to give her team a three-point lead. The joyous anticipation of a semifinal date was fleeting. Seconds later, Miriam McKenzie buried a game-tying trey for Loyola to force overtime. There were five minutes of overtime to play but the spirit was noticeably drained from Canisius. The extra session was dominated by Loyola, a 68-53 winner. … Continue Reading

CAA Tournament Quick Hitters – Quarterfinals

by - Published March 6, 2011 in Conference Notes

RICHMOND, Va. – Some quick hitters from Saturday’s quarterfinal games at the CAA Tournament:

  • A common theme thus far has revolved around the teams with byes into the quarterfinals starting slowly because they aren’t in the same rhythm as the teams who had to win on Friday to get to this point. It happened in every game on Saturday, and even the coaches felt it made a difference at first. Clearly, though, each team found their footing after a while as all four top seeds advanced to the semifinals.
  • A little related to that, all eight games thus far have either been tied or had a two-point margin at halftime. … Continue Reading

CAA Tournament Quick Hitters – First Round

by - Published March 5, 2011 in Conference Notes

RICHMOND, Va. – A few more quick hitters from the first round of the CAA Tournament:

  • Georgia State big man James Vincent didn’t have big numbers, but you couldn’t help but notice him. He scored six points on 3-3 shooting, but all came on nice post moves to get close shots. UNC Wilmington doesn’t have much size, but Vincent could have scored on a lot of post players with what he showed. It’s enough to make you wonder why he didn’t do it more often. … Continue Reading

Manley Formula Helps Highlight Great Game by Rutgers Women

by - Published March 5, 2011 in Conference Notes

LYNDHURST, N.J. — When it comes to measuring player performance, there are several methods and accompanying formulas. From the Tendex system, developed in the 1960s, to John Hollinger’s PER, the quest for an accurate player measurement has persisted through the decades.

One of the most widely used formulas is the Manley formula, named after its developer, Martin Manley. The author of “Basketball Heaven,” an NBA statistical analysis book published in the late 1980s, Manley devised a formula for player efficiency that is user-friendly and useful. … Continue Reading

The First Four Minutes: A look at URI-Fordham and WVU-Rutgers

by - Published February 28, 2011 in Conference Notes

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The first four minutes. Coaches constantly preach their importance and significance. Getting off to a good start is paramount. Getting out of the gate quickly, or poorly for that matter, is important but does not guarantee a victory, loss or what may transpire the duration of the contest.

At games covered I frequently chart the shots and possessions of both teams over the first four minutes of both halves. The “first four” can tell us a great deal. In this article we will look at two games from the past weekend and how their “first four” of the game played out. … Continue Reading

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