Wednesday, November 26, 2008

News & Notes

The Chick-fil-A bowl has Maryland in the "down but not out" category after the FSU debacle. It sounds like the selection committee is looking to select either Georgia Tech or Florida State with Boston College and Virginia Tech trailing. The Terps are probably out of consideration for this bowl unless they soundly defeat BC this weekend.

There was an interesting article in the Washington Post about Michigan State and their new emphasis on transition basketball. Certainly Kalin Lucas has more quickness than Drew Neitzel and so far this season (through only two games) the Spartans are playing slightly more up tempo. According to Ken Pomeroy the 2008 Spartans played at an adjusted tempo of 64.9 while the 2009 Spartans are marginally higher at 69.4, which would place them 9th in the ACC. While their offensive efficiency is currently #1 in the nation the increase in tempo has hurt their defense from the 2008 levels. They have been particularly susceptible to the 3-point shot so perhaps we can look for Eric Hayes, Landon Milbourne and Jin Soo Kim to so some damage on Thursday. This will be a very tough matchup for the Terps and they'll probably need to be effective from the perimeter to stay in the game. Maryland has been adept at getting to the free throw line so how the game is officiated may also be a big factor.

I think Tom Izzo is one of the finest coaches in college basketball and might be my top choice if I was given my pick of coaches. It is interesting to note that even Izzo gets asked about his recent "disappointments" by clueless reporters. It is sad that fans get spoiled so quickly.

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