A Few Items to Eat Up Your Free Time…

It’s a holiday for most everyone else, which clears up some time for me. Usually I spend some time on Mondays perusing Basketball State and other boxscores and websites to unearth something a little different. But today, without paying customers demanding miniscule copy edits to vague strategy documents and no means of playing golf–the current temperature in Richmond is hovering near Antoine Agudio’s scoring average–I have extra time:

Great random basketball insight, because I happen to agree with the premise, from Brian Mull. Re: “guy confident in clutch” part. Probably not five games, but it makes a HUGE difference.

Both Georgia State (6’7″ Kevin Lott) and Hofstra (6’6″ Darren Townes) chose to guard VCUs Eric Maynor with bigger, athletic players. The result was two very pedestrian games from Maynor in which VCUs offense had little flow. I found it curious that Blaine Taylor didn’t follow suit on Saturday with maybe Jonathan Adams, and Maynor made them pay to the tune of 26 points and 10 assists.

Basketball State continues to be a ridiculously valuable research tool. Today’s nugget: a listing of all the games each official has called, and a ranking of the number of fouls called per game that each official works. Great stuff, because I know how much you love officiating.

Did the CAA Scheduling Lord know something the rest of us did not? I feel like every week we are seeing “games for first place.” Delaware played Mason, ODU, and VCU in the past 10 days as the Hens ascended the standings. James Madison was at the top before playing, and losing to, ODU and Mason. VCU had Delaware and ODU.

Coming in the next week: ODU at Mason, Delaware at JMU, ODU at W&M, and the game nobody wants to talk about just yet: VCU at Mason.

Ah, we’ve reached Standings Symmetry again.

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~ by mglitos on January 21, 2008.

2 Responses to “A Few Items to Eat Up Your Free Time…”

  1. Agree 100% about BT’s strategy. I thought he might even start the game with a triangle and two which he did at the start of the second half, or at least have Finney or Adams guard Maynor from the get go. Still doesn’t make sense, and you also seem to be dead on about Johnson when you recently said you heard he had lost his edge. Strange karma in Monarch Nation.

  2. Yeah…too soon to chat VCU/Mason, but it’s gonna be a doozy. So, who guards Maynor in that game for my Patriots – Campbell at 6’4? I am curious to see how Mason handles the Rams’ defensive pressure. But, first…ODU and UNCW.

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