Friday, March 18, 2005

Stop calling timeout!

This guy knows something
about ill-advised timeouts
We had a good round of games this morning and it looks like March Madness is finally heating up. Oklahoma State - one of the most dangerous teams in the field - fended off SE Louisiana, NC State climbed on Julius Hodge's back and raced past Charlotte, Iowa State used a ferocious press and great play from their big man, Jared Homan, to turn away a scrappy Minnesota team. And Florida dodged a bullet when they turned away Ohio's comeback for the ages.

And on that note, let me just say that I've identified my pet peeve of this year's tourney: coaches over-managing the game in the closing moments. When you think back on all the great finishes in early round games, it usually involves somebody taking the ball out of the net and racing down the court, getting the defense on their heels. This year, we've seen one timeout after another, which gives the defense the advantage by allowing them to set up and get into their matchups. We saw it again today when Ohio called a timeout down three, only to turn it over within about five seconds.

Let 'em play, coaches!


Adam Hoff said...

No new post for the pm games. They were just too crappy to receive any attention. Maybe tonight's action will FINALLY deliver something decent. And in case you think I'm being too harsh, consider that the most exciting game of the afternoon session featured a team that scored 11 points in the first half.

Keith said...

Dude, are you sweating it yet? Your title game pick, Louisville, is down four with 9 minutes to play. Ouch.

David Berger said...

I am a HUGE Michigan fan. I don't like that Chris Webber picture. :(