BC Jags Skinner; NITFEVER: UNC in Final Four…of NIT vs. Rhode Island

Posted by Brandon Rink on March 30, 2010 under ACC Basketball | Comments are off for this article

If you’re not in the know, BC head coach Al Skinner was fired. I don’t know enough to give a in-depth comment, but BC sure is curious with their hire/fires. Just weird.

This guy has NIT fever.

This guy has NIT fever.

I pledged on Twitter that I’d do an NIT preview if they made it to MSG–and here we are. UNC made a Final Four they weren’t expecting to make pre-season, and here’s how it goes down…

Predicting the NIT is a crap-shoot. You have motivation issues, especially under the bright lights of NYC. Who’s going to be happy to be there or who’s there to win it all? UNC, with all of its seniors, seems like a team that will be in category two. We’ll start the preview with a case study of how these teams did in the rough environment of the Cassell.

Here’s how the Rhode Island Rams did against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg…

## Player Name          FG-FGA 3P-FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
15 Ulmer, Lamonte...... f  5-11   1-1    2-3    3  5  8   2  13  1  1  0  2  28
21 James, Delroy....... f  7-18   1-6    3-5    2  4  6   2  18  2  3  4  1  31
32 Martell, Will....... c  3-4    0-0    2-3    0  3  3   3   8  1  2  2  2  30
05 Jones, Marquis...... g  2-4    0-2    1-2    0  0  0   5   5  2  0  0  1  14
22 Cothran, Keith...... g  3-9    1-4    0-2    1  3  4   0   7  1  2  0  1  29
01 Mejia, Stevie.......    0-0    0-0    7-8    0  1  1   3   7  6  0  0  0  25
10 Richmond, Akeem.....    5-8    3-6    0-0    1  1  2   1  13  2  0  0  0  24
 Totals..............     28-60   6-20  17-25   9 20 29  16  79 16 10  6  7 200

Here’s how UNC did at VT…

## Player Name          FG-FGA 3P-FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
21 Deon Thompson....... f  3-7    0-0    2-5    3  3  6   5   8  1  2  0  0  22
32 Ed Davis............ f  4-7    0-0    7-11   2  5  7   4  15  0  1  3  0  31
05 Dexter Strickland... g  0-2    0-0    1-2    1  6  7   1   1  1  3  0  0  15
11 Larry Drew II....... g  3-7    1-3    2-2    0  1  1   2   9  6  4  0  1  35
13 Will Graves......... g  1-7    0-4    2-2    1  4  5   0   4  0  3  0  1  23
01 Marcus Ginyard......    2-7    1-4    1-2    1  3  4   0   6  2  4  0  1  31
15 Leslie McDonald.....    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
31 John Henson.........    5-6    0-1    4-4    0  1  1   3  14  0  1  0  0  14
34 David Wear..........    5-7    2-3    0-0    2  2  4   3  12  1  1  0  0  16
Totals..............       23-53   4-15  20-30  13 27 40  19  70 12 19  3  3 200
(H/T UNC and Rhode Island official sites for box score)
  • First off, Rhode Island won and the Heels lost. The Heels leading scorer from that loss is gone in Ed Davis, but Tyler Zeller is back–not a complete wash, but little edge taken off there..
  • Neither team played much defense–UNC had 11 more rebounds in their loss which curious.
  • UNC’s 19 turnovers is troublesome.
  • Verdict: Rhode Island is better based off this case study.

Recent Performances…

UNC at UAB–60-55 Heels over Blazers

## Player Name          FG-FGA 3P-FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
21 Deon Thompson....... f  6-11   0-0    2-6    6  6 12   4  14  0  2  0  1  28
31 John Henson......... f  7-11   0-0    0-1    1  2  3   2  14  1  1  1  0  23
01 Marcus Ginyard...... g  2-3    1-2    4-4    3  0  3   1   9  3  2  1  0  35
11 Larry Drew II....... g  3-7    2-4    3-4    0  7  7   2  11  6  3  0  0  35
13 Will Graves......... g  0-5    0-4    0-0    0  3  3   2   0  0  1  0  0  23
05 Dexter Strickland...    3-6    0-1    2-3    0  2  2   2   8  3  2  0  1  17
15 Leslie McDonald.....    0-4    0-3    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  1  0  0  11
43 Travis Wear.........    1-2    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   2   2  0  0  0  0   7
44 Tyler Zeller........    0-4    0-0    2-2    3  4  7   3   2  0  3  5  1  21
   TEAM................                            3  3
   Totals..............   22-53   3-14  13-20  13 27 40  18  60 13 15  7  3 200
UAB Totals..............   15-52   6-19  19-26  14 24 38  15  55  8 12  2  7 200
  • Interestingly enough, UNC amassed the same amount of rebounds as the VT game so they’ve found a way to re-distribute the rebounds post-Davis.
  • UNC only had 3 turnovers, which means after only scoring 60–they missed a bunch of shots.
  • The defense improved immensely between the games as UAB shot 15 for 52.
  • A mix of youth and experience is doing the scoring as Deon Thompson shared the leading scorer category with John Henson–Larry Drew put a solid 11 points and 6 assists.
  • Overall, UNC’s NIT run has been impressive with a win over a feisty Bill/Mary in Carmichael, road win at Mississippi State, and at UAB–they are playing like a much better team than they did in the regular season and will butt heads with another impressive NIT team in the first round.

OTB’s Pick: Heels 66-64

The Tar Heels have played a number of games in environments like MSG where Rhode Island will be soaking up the atmosphere early–UNC will play loose and pull out a close one with similar performances to their other NIT victories–with youth and experience leading the way.

Does UNC pull it out? Do you care?

ACC in NCAA Tourney Breakdown: Elite 8

Posted by Brandon Rink on March 28, 2010 under ACC Basketball, Other ACC Coverage | 3 Comments to Read

Does Duke make it to Indy? Or do the Bears claw them? Here’s my view…

(1) Duke Blue Devils vs. (3) Baylor Bears, 5:15 (EST) on Sunday

Coaches Tourney Records: Duke-Coach K–74-21(10-1 in Elite 8); Baylor-Scott Drew–3-1(0-0 in Elite 8).
Devil That Has to Step up: F Jon Scheyer–Not  changing this one from the last game, Scheyer hitting a few shots got the Duke offense kick-started to the comfortable win over Purdue in the second half. Baylor has size and they will bother Singler which means Scheyer and Smith have to be on.
Devils Have to Stop: G LaceDarius Dunn(6′4 196; 19.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg)–Dunn has been on fire with 26 and 23 points in the Bears’ last two games and eight 3-pointers made combined in them. LaceDarius hits over 40% from the perimeter and can get the key rebound too–Duke allows another 20 point game from Dunn and they are back in Durham until next season.
What I’m Thinking…: If you skipped over it, take a look at Coach K’s Elite 8 record above. Pretty impressive, huh? Duke should be on upset alert though if Scheyer continues to struggle, but Duke is the better team in players and coaching. Duke has to hit shots with the more up-tempo game that will come against Baylor or the Bears will jump all over them early. Both teams will play tight early, but the 3s start falling for the big three for the Blue Devils and Duke pulls away to a Final Four appearance.
Pick: Devils 76-72

Should be an excellent game…any last minute picks?

ACC in NCAA Tourney Breakdown: Sweet 16

Posted by Brandon Rink on March 26, 2010 under ACC Basketball | Comments are off for this article

Matt Painter is a coach, not a painter, Im disappointed too.

Matt Painter is a coach, not a painter, I'm disappointed too.

The Blue Devils breezed through the first two, but the Sweet 16 brings new pressure for this squad against a quality team…

(1) Duke Blue Devils vs. (4) Purdue Boilermakers, 9:57 (EST) on Friday

Coaches Tourney Records: Duke-Coach K–73-21(11-7 in Sweet 16); Purdue-Matt Painter–4-4(0-1 in Sweet 16).
Devil That Has to Step up: F Jon Scheyer–okay, maybe he doesn’t have to step up, but Duke would like to see him play a bigger role before going much further in the tournament–he’s had two solid, but not great games so far.
Devils Have to Stop: G E’Twaun Moore(6′4 184; 16.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg)–If you have watched Purdue at any point this season or any news on the Boilermakers, you know that Robbie Hummel was a major player and he’s out for the season. Moore is the go-to scorer left for Purdue and shutting him down will easily keep Purdue under 70 points.
What I’m Thinking…: After Duke’s dominance in round two, the upset talk hasn’t been there for their matchup with Purdue–which is bit surprising with how the tournament has unfolded. The ACC and the Big East entered a number of teams into this tournament and only two remain with Duke and West Virginia–I’m not saying Purdue pulls it off, but if Butler can take down Syracuse, Duke isn’t safe either. But I do think Scheyer gets off the schnide and starts hitting some from the perimeter coupled with another good game from Singler to pull away to a comfortable margin. If Duke is a little shaky in Houston to start, the crowd will be pro-Purdue so watch out for the Boilermakers to seize momentum as they are overachieving right now without Hummel.
Pick: Devils 75-64

Can the Blue Devils surpass last season’s Sweet 16 run? Call your shot below…