Random basketball links
Over the past few days I've encountered a number of links, I thought I'd share a few of the more interesting ones. You can also get more links and the first notification about new posts on Chicago College Basketball by following me on Twitter. Lots of links after the jump.
Onto the links:
- Foxsports.com basketball writer Jeff Goodman ran down the Big East recently. The people at NBE Basketball took that rundown and did their own analysis off of it. Here's what they had to say about DePaul, "The staff changes will help Chicago-area recruiting, but the questions around how much longer can Jerry Wainwright hold onto a job after an 0-16 conference mark with a team returning likely to finish at the bottom again. Transfer (Ohio State) Eric Wallace is eligible, Mac Koshwal is likely to return to school, but the loss of Dar Tucker and lack of impact recruit doesn't signal a better season ahead." (I'd argue that the loss of Tucker isn't that big a deal.)
- Goodman went after Tucker in his recent Winners and Losers column about the NBA Draft. Tucker was #5 on the losers list. Goodman had this to say, "The athletic sophomore wing from DePaul should be embarrassed for leaving school early after his team didn't win a single Big East game last season."
- President Obama's senior adviser David Axelrod spoke at DePaul's graduation at Allstate Arena on Sunday. Even he felt the need to get a dig in at the fact that the Blue Demons play their basketball games way outside the city. According to the Sun-Times he said, "It's great to be home in Illinois, in the world's greatest city. I mean Chicago, not Rosemont."
- In recruiting news, Alex Ritcher is getting some looks by a few Chicago-area programs. In fact, he intends to comes to Chicago sometime this summer to check out the campuses of DePaul, Loyola and Northern Illinois. Ritcher is a 6'6" forward from Lakeville, Minn. If you have a Scout.com subscription you can read about him here.
- I read two interesting articles recently about basketball statistics. The first was a piece in New Mexico's Daily Lobo about the frequency at which NBA games end in a tie. It turns out that Jeff Ely, a professor of economics and Northwestern, has done some research into the subject and found that ending in a tie is the most statistically likely outcome. (I'm sure the people at Bulls Confidential are sick of ties after their series against Boston.) If anyone knows of any similar research about college basketball, I'd be very interested.
- Also, on Monday the New York Times ran an article about new technologies the NBA is testing that would give more accurate accounts on the game. Cameras placed around the arena could give teams more information about how close a player is to his man on defense or tell officials if a close play really was goaltending. This is some potentially exciting technology that all basketball fans should be aware of.