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I saw an article today from ESPN.com about the old/new Big East basketball conferences. The reason I am posting about it on this board is 1 little note in the article about style of play. Here are the paragraphs:
***The other interesting note had to do with officiating and the importance of finding the right lead as well as determining the style of play. This needs to be addressed at a joint AD/men's basketball coaches meeting.
"Should the physical style of play continue to be allowed in the Big East? That is contrary to the direction of the rest of the country and the tournament, and can hurt teams in nonconference play and the NCAAs," the email read.***
I think the style of play in the SEC is a huge problem as well and Bama was probably one of the main culprits. We were a very physical team that ran when we created turnovers but slowed it down in the halfcourt sets. Hopefully, with more depth next year we will get out and run more. I believe if we are scoring around 70 pts a game it might help us with the perception from the officials and maybe we will get a little better officiating on the road. Tennessee was also a team that did not score a lot of points and I think their style of play kept them out of the tournament.
Here is an excerpt from an interview done back in Feb with committe chair Mike Bobinski.
***Most of the smartest analysts of college basketball prefer metrics other than the RPI. If the committee considers the RPI one of the most reliable systems, why do so few others use it?
I think part of that is certain folks gravitate toward other ranking systems because of particular features they may prefer that may not be present in the RPI. Some people like margin of victory or different weighting on style of play.
I use a combination of different systems when I look at teams and also weigh that with my own observations. I want to see a team play and get a sense of who they are and how they look***
The SEC conference and more specifically Gerald Boudreux(SEC Coordinator of Officials) need to get with these coaches and let them know that they are going to clean things up. It will suck in the beginning as teams get used to it but the SEC has to do something to improve basketball.
Again, I think with more depth Alabama will play a more exciting brand of basketball. I have always agreed with Roy Williams, basketball is a sport that is much more enjoyable to watch when teams are running. You really have to go no further than Florida Gulf Coast this year. They have won over the entire country with their style of play.
I love uptempo basketball. To me their is nothing better.
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I think that we will have a good team next year. It seems to me we pushed the ball up the court a little more late in the year.
We still have some issues to work on offense, but I definitely saw that we have the talent to pick up the tempo when we want to.
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