Well, the college basketball season in Chicago has officially come to a close with Northwestern's loss last night at Washington State. It's been a heck of a season as three schools broke in new head coaches, the Wildcats made their third straight postseason - and finally won a game, and Loyola changed head coaches.
What are those ideas? Well here are a few I'm thinking about tackling.
- How hard is to beat an opponent three times? -- Cleveland State vs. Butler in the Horizon League peaked my interest about this one, but it's relevant to any number of teams in the area. Anyone that plays a home-and-home schedule and then a tournament has the opportunity for this to occur.
- Does the Horizon League schedule really impact road teams? -- The Harvard Sports Analytic blog did a great job looking at this for Ivy League play. With the Horizon League considering a new schedule format in 2011-12 and beyond will it help road teams that currently have to play Thursday-Saturday.
- Correlations between player and team success? -- At the beginning of the season Brad Stevens said something that's been bugging me for a long time about how shutting Geoff McCammon down was the key to shutting down Loyola. McCammon only used 22.0% of the team's possessions this season, but was shutting him down really the key to beating the Ramblers?
- How does age impact Big Ten performance? -- Northwestern is going to have a veteran roster next season. How does that sort of roster impact a team? Is it overrated? (Illinois' performance this season seemed to suggest that was the case.)
- How long does it take for a school to adjust to the Swing Offense? -- This is going to be more like a specific look at the history of Bo Ryan at both Milwaukee and Wisconsin. While I realize that Ryan and Howard Moore aren't the same person, they bring similar principles to the table. What's the time frame for a team adjusting to those?