While you try and recover from the fact that DePaul lost to West Virginia by just two points here are a few links for you to check out that I've found particularly interesting. Also, congrats to Cleveland Melvin. After his 17-point, five rebound, two block day he seems well on his way to taking the Big East's Rookie of the Week award again, unless teammate Brandon Young beats him to it. DePaul now gets eight days off before playing Seton Hall next Wednesday at Allstate Arena - a game that has to be considered a possibility for Oliver Purnell's first Big East victory.
Three links you should read
Projections for Every Conference - Unfortunately DePaul didn't win a single one of Ken Pomeroy's 10,000 conference simulations of the Big East. That said, Loyola did win two in the Horizon League and Northwestern tied for first in a single sim of the Big Ten.
Do you read a box score like a college coach? - That's the interesting question that Beyond the Arc's Mike Miller asks in response to this Kansas City Star article about what Kansas' Bill Self, Missouri's Mike Anderson and Kansas State's Frank Martin look for at the end of the game. If you read this blog a lot some of the concepts are familiar. I wonder what Bill Carmody or Purnell looks at. (I might ask this at a press conference some time.)
Defense and championship caliber teams - A great analysis of defense by some of the best numbers guys in the blogosphere, the Marquette blog Cracked Sidewalks. Point #2 is the one you really want to read. It makes intuitive sense and it's important to remember that not all pieces of defense are created equal.