Thanks to Drexel, we’re now down to four schedules that need releasing. Here’s the view on the Dragons four-in-seven and key stretch:
Two roadies at Delaware and at Georgia State open the slate, then home games with VCU and W&M. That’s probably as fair a draw as you could muster.
The Dragons also have what I believe to be the most fair schedule overall. There are only two weeks in the entire season that have one home and road game (Feb. 10 and Feb. 24). You can get into a pretty darn good rhythm that way.
A four game stretch in latter part of January is the key, and it represents opportunity, not trouble: @ODU, home JMU, home Hofstra, and at Northeastern. Come out of that 2-2 or better and the Dragons may be flying into February.
Today’s smart coach lesson comes from Williamsburg, where Tony Shaver teaches us the value of consistent minutes.
Speaking of Marcus Kitts, Shaver commented that “we always thought Marcus could be a good player but we’ve never been able to give him consistent minutes to be productive.”
So we chose to extrapolate that to a belief system here at CAA:LAMM. We’re now buying less into the concept of depth and more into the concept of consistency. This is not determined lightly. Great thought and consideration was given.
The decision: a team is far better with seven guys playing nearly all the minutes, with a spot-situation guy, than a team that will play 10 or 11 players in varying minutes.
Basketball is a game of rhythm and comfort. It is a game of short bursts that rely on a combination of skill, talent, intelligence, and energy. The more those factors get to mix with each other, like a good cole slaw, the more they become one action.
In a sense, the short bursts become more effective the longer you have to utilize them. This is what coaches are usually referring to when they speak of finishing plays or making plays or finding a rhythm. It’s also why the same five or six guys are on the floor for the last seven minutes of the game.
It is very unlike football and baseball. In football a short powerful burst by a fresh player can change a game; in baseball a short burst by a pinch hitter or relief pitcher can change a game. It’s why baseball players “need regular work.”
In basketball you need a series of short bursts to change a game, or highly influence it.
Yes, a quarterback needs this rhythm. The difference is that in basketball you need five quarterbacks.
In sum: relax on the “My Team is deep” conversation this year. It just may be your downfall.