Teams are protecting their home court less and less these days. In conference games last season, home teams won 59.0 percent of the time. That continues a trend that has existed for at least the last 15 seasons. And I can only say ‘at least’ because I am unaware of a detailed study that goes back further. However, it’s highly likely that last season was the worst year for home teams in the history of the game.
Wichita State to the American Conference. Any one of four teams to the Missouri Valley. Someone to replace them. Another round of realignment musical chairs has been kicked into full gear. Continue reading →
The Final Four is set with Gonzaga vs. South Carolina and North Carolina vs. Oregon facing off in Phoenix on Saturday. During the NCAA Tournament I’ve been playing with network graphs showing player connections through assists. The networks for these four teams all show different patterns. Continue reading →
If you looked closely at Lee Amphitheater Saturday night, you could see into the future. And you didn’t even need a Delorean to do it.
Harvard ended Yale’s 22-game, two-year long home winning streak in impressive fashion, 75-67, before a sellout crowd that was into the game from the opening tip. The Crimson (14-7, 6-2, identical to Yale) were led by freshman Bryce Aiken with a career-high 27 points. Like most freshmen, Aiken has had some growing pains this season, but Saturday his full array of talent that ACC and Big East schools wanted was on display: shooting, getting to the rim, putting opponents on skates (as the kids say these days), even a four-point play from the corner that was huge in the Harvard victory.
Aiken, of course, is just one piece of a freshman class that includes Chris Lewis, Justin Bassey, and Seth Towns (who all started Saturday while Aiken did not). Sophomore Corey Johnson added 12 points for Harvard as well.
Throughout the offseason, I’ve been hearing a lot of chatter regarding several unknown players within the NEC. Because there’s plenty of opportunity given the graduations and transfers, coaches are desperate to prop up their guys in the preseason to see if they’ll rise to the challenge. Sometimes they will, sometimes they won’t. Continue reading →
If you’ve been in a deep, dark cave for the last few months without a television or Wi-Fi connection, why didn’t you invite us?
In all seriousness, Tuesday night marks one of the most important and polarizing Election Days in America’s recent history, and it is also the first Presidential election most college students can vote in, three days before most of the basketball players among them begin the 2016-17 season.