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|2011-04-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)||John, I think it's funny that you stats folk have taken some heat for not seeing VCU and Butler coming ... as if any of the more traditional media guys were saying "Oh yeah, those Rams, keep an eye out." Anyways, of VCU and Butler, which do you think is more likely to win on Monday? And which of UK or UConn do you see as the better matchup for the Mid-Major National Champion?|
(Jerry H from the rez)
|I can only speak for myself but really I haven't taken any undue heat. No matter where you plant your flag -- be it stats, or wins, or scouting of the players -- absolutely no one was available three weeks ago to stand up and say VCU is one of the four best teams in the country. This week Pat Forde said if we played the tournament again right now we'd get four different teams, and I think that could well be true. If that were the case every year it wouldn't be my choice, but I think once in a blue moon is cool.
The Rams have been superior to Butler as a tournament team to this point. And, to each their own, but if I were Shaka Smart or Brad Stevens I would prefer to see UConn rather than UK. But either way I'm a 30-something mid-major coach in the national championship game. I'm happy with either opponent. (John Gasaway (Basketball))
|2011-03-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Wisconsin/Butler: Leuer/Taylor + 3-pt shooting role players vs. Howard/Mack + 3-pt shooting role players. Who wins? A return trip to final 4 for Butler possible? If so, has anyone had a coaching career start like Brad Stevens?|
(paul from socal)
|The numbers say Butler will lose. The numbers always say that and the game always comes down to the last possession, and Butler always ends up either winning or coming within three inches of winning.
A coaching career start like Brad Stevens...Roy Williams? Bill Guthridge? Others? Part of the fascination with Stevens is his youth. And he's probably wondering where all these supporters were six weeks ago when he lost at Youngstown State. But, yeah, he's a FOP (friend of Prospectus). (John Gasaway (Basketball))
|2011-03-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)||We finally did it! We fired Paul Hewitt! Now the question becomes, do you think young, smart coaches like Brad Stevens and Shaka Smart are available? I seem to remember Stevens getting lots of offers last year and agreeing to stay put in Indy.|
(Patrick Bailey from NYC)
|No idea what Smart wants to do, though it's probably worth noting that, unlike Stevens, Smart's already hopped around a bit as an assistant and has had brushes with livin' major-conference large. Yes, Butler renegotiated Stevens' contract after last season. I don't suppose Stevens will still be at Butler when he retires in 2045, but would a guy who's been so throughly central-Indiana for his first 35 years choose to jump to...Atlanta and the ACC? Maybe. Stranger things have happened. (John Gasaway (Basketball))|
|2011-01-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Buzz Williams cites a ton of advanced statistics (or at least they sound advanced to me). What coach in your mind is most fluent with advanced statistics?|
(Securitizer from Milwaukee)
|Buzz is definitely on the short list. I know Bo Ryan's use of points per possession predates what impartial scholars call the Age of Gasaway. Coach K and staff, of course. Eric Reveno blurbed our book this year. Brad Stevens wrote the Foreword. I guess I would draw a distinction between coaches who use this stuff at the microphone (Buzz) and those who use this stuff period (Buzz plus a much larger group). (John Gasaway (Basketball))|
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