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« Reply #9 on: Mar 28, 2015, 12:40:37 AM »

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Weekend eBA Basketball Magazine:

Reform college hoops:
Limit the timeouts, get 24-second shot clock
David Hein's Eye on the Future
Attending basketball games is nothing new for me and neither is the NCAA Tournament. But for the first time this past week I attended the NCAA Tournament live - checking out six games in Seattle.

While it was a truly exciting experience, missing was an upset that so much defines March Madness.
That did not bother me that much since I was able to see great programs such as Louisville - who survived a tough fight against University of California at Irvine - and Gonzaga - who gave the Washington home state fans plenty to cheer about with wins over North Dakota State University and University of Northern Iowa to reach the second weekend of games for the first time since 2009.

But after years of watching much more international basketball, it became clear watching the games at the old KeyArena from the Seattle SuperSonics that U.S. collegiate basketball would best be served with some major rule changes.

There are two issues that I would address if I were in charge of NCAA men’s basketball.

The first are those pesky TV timeouts.

During a 40-minute game (broken down in two 20-minute halves instead of four 10-minute quarters), there are eight mandatory television timeouts, which come at the first stoppage of play under the 16, 12, 8 and 4 minute marks of each half.

Why the TV timeouts - also called media timeouts - you might ask?

The reason is simple: advertising to pay the networks and then pay the NCAA and its conferences and then pay the players - oh, wait, that slipped out. That’s a whole other issue.

In addition, both teams have at least five timeouts during the game. Yes, that means a possible 18 timeouts in one game. On top of that, the halftime lasted 20 minutes at the NCAA games in Seattle.

All those timeouts truly hurt the game, especially watching games live in person. There is little chance for a game to really develop any sort flow if there are so many stoppages of play. But of course there are tactics involved in the calling of timeouts. If your center is getting tired, you as a coach may call a timeout with 8:03 left to play to give him an immediate breather while also knowing that the next stoppage of play will be a TV timeout and that player will get another short rest.

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But something really should be done.

Kansas University freshman Chase Buford calls timeout as he falls out of bounds late in the game against Louisiana-Monroe. In this Photograph by Thad Allender from KU Sports presented by eBA Basketball Statistics Analysis Group.

Photograph: by Thad Allender from KU Sports

At the very least, do what women’s college basketball has done. A coach’s timeout called within 30 seconds of a media timeout would then take the place of the up-coming media timeout.

While that wouldn’t solve all the problems, it is at least a start. Cut out at least one of the media timeouts, or take away two of the coach’s timeouts for each team. But do something.

The other major rule in college basketball that needs to be changed is the shot clock - cut it from 35 to 24 seconds.

There is so much dead time on the court with a 35-second shot clock. It takes teams ages to really get into their offense - after a couple of failed attempts. There were so many times in Seattle when I looked up and was expecting to see six or seven seconds left on the shot clock and there was often more than 20 seconds left.

And then there would be an offensive rebound and the shot clock would re-set to 35 seconds and I found myself greatly appreciating the 14-second re-set of the shot clock after an offensive rebound as it’s played around the world.

So, cut the fat - make it 24 seconds. Make these teams get into their offense and take a shot.

Apparently there is a trial going on in the NIT - the second level National Invitational Tournament which goes on at the same time as the NCAA Tournament - in which the shot clock is being reduced from 35 to 30 seconds. And Shane Ryan of Grantland reported that average offensive efficiency and pace of play during the NIT have both risen. So, it seems to be working.

But why cut it to 30 seconds and not 24 seconds? That doesn’t make that much sense.

College is about preparing students and student-athletes for professional life. And professional basketball throughout the world has the 24-second shot clock. So, the NCAA would actually be getting its players ready for the world of basketball when they leave the collegiate system.

These are just two major areas where the NCAA games needs to be changed. Will they happen? Probably not.

But it would be greatly beneficial for the game-watching experience.

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« Reply #8 on: Feb 14, 2015, 01:03:19 AM »

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Weekend eBA Basketball Magazine:

Dean Smith, the teacher

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The passing of Dean Smith marks the end of an era (please read this excellent article with hommages to Smith from US President Barack Obama, Michael Jordan and Mike Krzyzewski).

This was the era of college coaches as kings when the best players stayed more than one season at the NCAA level.
John Wooden said: "Dean Smith is a better teacher of basketball than anyone else". Coming from the Wizard of Westwood, that says it all!

In 2001, I was working on a documentary about the historic rivalry between North Carolina and Duke and Dean gave me an autographed copy of his biography, "A Coach's Life", which I cherish to this day. I found Smith to be approachable, knowledgeable and humble.

What a life he had. Both his parents, fittingly, were school teachers and Smith inherited his love for basketball and social justice from his father while growing up in Kansas. His father won a state championship as a high school basketball coach in 1934 with a team that included a black player, a rare occurence at the time!

Dean won an NCAA title as a player at the University of Kansas (UK) and then became a coach like his dad.

Kansas represents an incredible family tree of coaches because the inventor of the basketball, Dr James Naismith, coached a certain Phog Allen there, a legendary coach himself who transmitted his savoir faire on to Smith who played and was an assistant for him at UK.

Coach Smith had a strong religious upbringing and moral fiber that was accentuated in the military, a typical apprenticeship at the time.

Mike Krzyzewski and Gregg Popovich followed a similar path when starting their coaching careers.

Dean Smith became an assistant at the University of North Carolina (UNC) when the school was involved in several betting and recruiting scandals and the administrators decided to de-emphasize the sport for a while. He was given the job as head coach with the priority being to clean up the program more than just win games.

After a rough start, he turned out to be the perfect fit for the position which he held for 36 years. His intelligence and moral character were off the charts as he had gone to Kansas on an academic scholarship specializing in math and his tenure at UNC was full of examples of Smith fighting for civil rights and against the death penalty.

We can't imagine how much courage it took to stand up for these priciples in the south in the early 1960s.

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My father fought alongside Martin Luther King for civil rights in Florida at this crucial time in US history so this part of Smith's humanitarian legacy touches me profoundly.

Dean Edwards Smith was an American head coach of men's college basketball. Originally from Emporia, Kansas, Smith was called a
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The democratic Party of North Carolina would have liked to see Dean run for U.S. senator and his integrity and open-mindedness could have taken him a long way but Smith was, viscerally, a basketball coach.

He won lots of games and two NCAA titles despite running a clean program which, let me tell you, was no easy task at the time because cheating and corruption concerning college recruiting were rampant!

Smith and Wooden were such great teachers and mentors to young players that they could win without cheating.

Wooden taught the finer points of winning basketball to Lew Alcindor (later to be known as Kareem Abdul Jabbar) wheras Smith made Michael Jordan into a fundamentally sound, all-around player.

When Jordan arrived at Chapel Hill, he was an unbelievable athlete, a diamond in the rough and Smith told him "if you can't pass the ball, Michael, you can't play basketball here".

In the end, it was Jordan's jump shot as a freshman that gave Smith his first NCAA title after several disappointing Final Fours.

Jordan was Dean's greatest work as he went on to become, possibly, the best player of all-time!

The two remained close after Jordan's college career because for Dean Smith, if you played for him, you were part of his extended family... forever!

The list of great players that Smith prepared for the NBA is longer than a food stamps line during the Great Depression! He welcomed many international players to his program before this became fashionable. He even coached the ultimate iconoclast, Rasheed Wallace, and they went to the Final Four together in 1995.

Coach Smith invented many things related to basketball and was way ahead of his time. Player huddles, acknowledging the passer, asking to come out when a player was tired and "senior day" were some of his innovations. His use of the "four corners offense" pushed the NCAA to go to a shot clock which, thank goodness, ended the college era of low scoring, "stall ball" games!

His math background paved the way for all kinds of new and inventive statistics, like measuring the impact of setting screens, diving for loose balls, the pass that leads to the assist, deflecting passes and blocking out on defense. He had legions of basketball interns noting all this information at games AND in practices. These innovative stats were the groundwork for the modern fascination with "moneyball" analytics that are so popular in sports now.

Smith's practices and film sessions were meticulously prepared, disciplined and efficient and when a coach spoke you could hear a pin drop! Many of his former players and assistants, like Larry Brown (who was Popovich's mentor), went on to be great coaches preaching "Let's play the right way".

Dean Smith's ultimate basketball slogan and philosophy were resumed in his famous "Play hard, play smart and play together".  So simple and so true...

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« Reply #7 on: Apr 13, 2013, 11:26:01 PM »

NCAA Basketball: Tournaments, Events & Free Comments • Baloncesto NCAA Competencias, Eventos & Comentarios Libres

Louisville-Michigan NCAA final
earns classic status
David Hein's Eye on the Future
Big basketball games actually rarely leave a lasting impression in fans' collective memory. But the final of the 2013 NCAA tournament between Louisville and Michigan can already be considered a classic.

It's not quite "old news" just yet - even in this high-speed news cycle world we live in today - but obviously Louisville beat Michigan 82-76 on Monday to win their first NCAA title since 1986.
The game featured plenty of great storylines as well as a tremendously high level of basketball actually being played on the court. There were at least a handful of future NBA players on the Georgia Dome hardcourt and numerous more who will have a long career in Europe. But the game also featured unsung heroes stepping up, big-time players playing up to their big-time status and a lengthy reel of spectacular highlights.

It was pretty clear after not even five minutes that this was the kind of game that you call/text/Facebook-message friends saying they should tune in if they weren't doing anything else important. And the rest of the game made those who did turn it on happy they did so.

Who will forget Michigan star Trey Burke setting the tone right from the start - saying I am one big star who will bounce back from his disappointing national semi-final (he scored just seven points against Syracuse).

And of course there was Michigan freshman Spike Albrecht, who nailed four straight three-pointers, slapping the floor on defense and making people who haven't been following the Wolverines during the season believe he's one of the team’s leaders.

Albrecht - whose 17 points in the first 20 minutes were 10 more than his career high and 15.2 more than his season average - was so confident that even after the loss he tweeted to supermodel Kate Upton, who was sitting in the crowd wearing Michigan maize: "@KateUpton hey saw you at the game last night, thanks for coming out! Hope to see you again".

Albrecht's heroics helped build up a 12-point lead for Michigan - yet another 12-point deficit for Louisville, who came back from a dozen down in the second half to Wichita State to reach the final. And just like in the national semi-final, Luke Hancock stepped up big for Louisville.

Hancock was one of the main players to fill in for the Cardinals after they lost Kevin Ware to his horrific injury in the Regional final win over Duke. After hitting four straight three-pointers en route to scoring 20 points against Wichita State, Hancock tallied 22 points against Michigan including 5-for-5 from long range - the last to give Louisville a 10-point lead late.

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That's not to say the big time guys didn't do their thing.

Louisville fights back again, beats Michigan 82-76 for NCAA championship; Pitino’s 2nd title
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The NCAA Player of the Year Burke collected 24 points, four rebounds and three assists and was all over the court - including laying on the hardwood a number of times after being hit hard on drives to the basket. Glenn Robinson III and Tim Hardaway Jr had 12 points each for Michigan.

The Wolwerines were in the title game for the first time since the Fab Five went down in the second of two straight championship games in 1993. And all five stars from that team were in Atlanta to cheer the next generation of Wolverines.

But Louisville showed why they hadn't lost since February 9 - another classic as they went down to Notre Dame in five overtimes - and were the number one overall seed coming into the tournament.

Peyton Siva had 18 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals, Chane Behanan collected 15 points and 12 rebounds and Senegal's Gorgui Dieng added 8 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 blocks.

And Louisville coach Rick Pitino just found all the answers - during an amazing week for him. He was elected to the Naismith Hall of Fame, watched his son get named as the head coach at Minnesota and then made history.

Pitino became the only men's coach in NCAA history to lead three different schools (Providence 1987, Kentucky 1996 and Louisville this year) to a Final Four and the only coach in the NCAA to lead two different schools to the NCAA title (Kentucky 1996 and Louisville this year).

NCAA title games have rarely lived up to their status, but Louisville-Michigan had the storylines, unexpected heroics and big-time performances to be remembered for a long, long time.

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« Reply #6 on: Apr 05, 2013, 08:50:35 PM »

NCAA Basketball: Tournaments, Events & Free Comments • Baloncesto NCAA Competencias, Eventos & Comentarios Libres

Pressure nothing new to new UCLA boss Steve Alford

Pressure is nothing new to Steve Alford. So he will be right at home as the new head coach of the UCLA men's basketball team - and should be expected to excel in the new job.

Alford was named UCLA's new coach last weekend, leaving the University of New Mexico (UNM) and a contract that tied him to the Lobos until 2020 to become the 13th coach in Bruins history, replacing the fired Ben Howland.

Alford's job will be to re-establish UCLA to at least close to its storied past.

Expecting Alford to lead the Bruins to seven straight titles and 10 national championships within a 12-year period - like the legendary John Wooden did - is unrealistic. But Bruins sports officials wouldn't have anything against a run similar to the one Howland had from 2005 to 2007 when UCLA reached three straight Final Fours including the 2006 Championship game. And of course, Pauley Pavilion hasn't hung a championship banner since Jim Harrick guided brothers Ed and Charles O'Bannon, Tyus Edney and Toby Bailey to the 1995 title.

Howland had run into problems, losing players to transfers and reportedly having issues within the team. UCLA had reached the NCAA Tournament just three times in the five seasons since the 2008 Final Four, winning just two tournament games in that stretch – resulting in his firing after 10 years at the helm.

Pressure and expectations are high in Los Angeles as the Bruins are hungry to become a power in college basketball again.

But it's nothing that Alford can't handle.

Alford dealt with being a high school star in the basketball-mad state of Indiana, winning the title of Indiana's Mr Basketball his senior season.

Alford then went off to Los Angeles to help the United States win the gold medal at the 1984 Olympics - alongside the likes of future Dream Team members Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing and Chris Mullin as well as Sam Perkins and Wayman Tisdale.

After playing for Bob Knight in the Olympics, Alford then stayed in state to attend the University of Indiana, guiding the Hoosiers to their fifth NCAA title in 1987. His NBA career lasted from 1987 to 1991 with the Dallas Mavericks and Golden State Warriors.

The Franklin native then went into coaching, starting at NCAA Division III Manchester College in Manchester, Indiana, leading the Spartans to the Division III championship game in 1995. He moved to Southwest Missouri State, reaching the NCAA Sweet 16 in his fourth and final season in 1999.

A step up followed, moving to the Big Ten Conference, where he guided the Iowa Hawkeyes to three NCAA appearances in seven seasons before taking over at UNM in 2007.

Steve Alford has been named UCLA’s new men’s basketball coach, as announced by UCLA Athletics Saturday morning. Alford comes from the University of New Mexico, where he led the Lobos to consecutive Mountain West titles in 2012 and 2013. From UCLA’s official release:
Photograph: The Pac-12 Post

Located in Albuquerque, the Lobos men's basketball team is as close to a professional team in the area, putting immense pressure on Alford, who lived up to the expectations - turning a deflated, apathetic program into one which won the Mountain West regular reason and conference tournament titles in both 2011-12 and 2012-13 and collected three NCAA Tournament appearances in the past four seasons.

"I would definitely say he's been THE most successful coach we've had in a long time," said UNM alum Os Davis of

"He's the guy that took the program that last step. UNM really gained its national reputation for an on-the-tournament bubble team/perpetual NIT (National Invitational Tournament) host to challenging, viable program with recruitment power. It's a sad, sad time in Loboland, I'd suspect. I'm betting that most fans/students are thinking big in terms of a replacement, but I fear this season's performance may be the best we'll see for a year or three."

Now it's time for Alford to face the next pressure-filled challenge.

The support is definitely there as Michael Warren, Gerald Madkins, Marques Johnson, Bailey and Edney were among the former UCLA players in attendance at Alford's introductory news conference.

Alford's biggest issue will be recruiting - keeping the top level talent from Los Angeles in town. Alford already knows the turf in southern California, having brought in the trio of Kendall Williams, Tony Snell and Demetrius Walker to New Mexico.

Gone from his intact UCLA roster for sure for the 2013-14 season will be senior Larry Drew II. Top talent Shabazz Muhammad is most likely going to leave for the NBA after his freshman season, while Kyle Anderson is expected to come back for his second season. Norman Powell and Tony Parker are believed to be returning as well.

Howland signed three players for the incoming freshman class - Zach Lavine, Allerik Freeman and Noah Allen - and Alford will have to make sure that trio is still on board.

The spring signing period begins on April 17, so Alford definitely has his work to do with scholarships still available to fill. It’s clear that Alford is an excellent coach, but now he has to use the history, prestige and allure of Los Angeles and UCLA to bring in the top level talent.

Alford has shown he can be a good coach. The time now starts to show that he can be a great coach.

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« Reply #5 on: Mar 17, 2012, 02:21:55 AM »

NCAA Basketball: Tournaments, Events & Free Comments • Baloncesto NCAA Competencias, Eventos & Comentarios Libres

Need proof of internationalisation of NCAA Tournament? Look at 2, 4 and 9

With the NCAA Tournament starting in earnest today, it is once again clear that college basketball’s elite event is a very international affair – and not just the fans watching the Big Dance around the world.

More than half of the final 64 teams in the field have at least one non-U.S. born player. Moreover, the internationalisation of the game can be seen by looking at the numbers 2, 4 and 9.

Two non-Americans go into March Madness hoping to defend their title; four teams have five or more international players on their squads; and nine alums of the Australian Institute of Sports make the talent-producing factory from Down Under well represented.

Dirk Nowitzki was not the only German to celebrate a basketball championship in the United States last season. Niels Giffey and Enosch Wolf helped the University of Connecticut to the 2011 NCAA crown.

And with it, Giffey and Wolf joined the likes of Henrik Rödl with North Carolina in 1993, Christian Ast with Duke University in 1991 and 1992 as well as German-Colombian Magus Pelkowski in 1987 with Indiana University as the only Germans to take the NCAA title.

If UConn were to repeat, Giffey and Wolf would become the first Germans to repeat.

Two other Germans in the tournament also have a noteworthy connection as Elias Harris and Mathis Mönninghoff are part of Gonzaga University’s large contingent of international players.

In all, the university from Spokane, Washington has seven players from outside the United States. The others are Mathis Keita (France), Guy Landry Edi (Ivory Coast/France) and Canada's trio of Kelly Olynyk, Kevin Pangos and Robert Sacre.

And Gonzaga is one of four teams that have at least five internationals on their rosters.

The others are St. Bonaventure University (with Sam de Haas, Netherlands; Charlon Kloop, Suriname; Youssou Ndoye, Senegal; the Canadian pair of Andrew Nicholson and Matthew Wright), New Mexico State (France's Remi Barry and Bandja Sy; Canadians Sim Bhullar, Renaldo Dixon, Christian Kabongo, Hernst Laroche, Daniel Mullings and Tyrone Watson; Tshilidzi Nephawe, South Africa), and St. Mary’s (Australia's Matthew Dellavedova, Matt Hodgson, Jorden Page, Clint Steindl and Mitchell Young; Eividas Petrulis, Lithuania; Kyle Rowley, Trinidad & Tobago).

St. Mary’s also brings up the number 9 as the college from northern California features four players – Dellavedova, Page, Steindl and Young – who received their basketball education at the reputable Australian Institute of Sports (AIS), which has produced past and present Australian internationals such as Andrew Bogut, Patrick Mills and Luc Longley.

Besides the St. Mary’s quartet, the other former AIS players in the NCAA tournament are Shane Harris-Tunks from Colorado; Cameron Bairstow and Hugh Greenwood from New Mexico; Cody Ellis of St. Louis; and Jordan Vandenberg from North Carolina State.

And just like Bogut (University of Utah), Mills (St. Mary’s), Longley (New Mexico) and others, they all chose to continue their basketball training on the grounds of colleges and universities throughout the United States. And some of those in the NCAA tournament this year will undoubtedly eventually make their way into the senior Australian national team.


And perhaps even one of them will have the chance next season to defend their NCAA crown like the two Germans Giffey and Wolf this season.

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« Reply #4 on: Nov 21, 2011, 11:58:06 PM »

NCAA Basketball: Tournaments, Events & Free Comments • Baloncesto NCAA Competencias, Eventos & Comentarios Libres

Coach K owns win record after Duke victory

Every time Mike Krzyzewski coaches a game, it's a big deal.

It's why the United States national team, having lost some of its luster in international basketball, gained instant credibility when Coach K was put in charge by USA Basketball before the 2006 FIBA World Championship.

Krzyzewski won at West Point as the coach of Army in a five-year stint at the beginning of his career, and he's done nothing but win ever since in his more than 30 years at Duke University in the vaunted Atlantic Coast Conference.

After Tuesday night's 74-69 triumph over Michigan State at Madison Square Garden in the State Farm Champions Classic, no coach has won as many games in NCAA Division I as 64-year-old Krzyzewski.

The victory was his 903rd, and it allowed him to pass his former coach at the United States Military Academy at West Point, Bobby Knight, who has 902 wins.

The two men have a lot in common.

Knight, who had a legendary career as the coach of the Indiana Hoosiers, also led the United States to a gold medal at an Olympics.

His Team USA won the title at the 1984 Games in Los Angeles.

At the time, Krzyzewski was early in his career at Duke and going up against other greats like North Carolina legend Dean Smith, NC State coach Jim Valvano and Maryland boss Lefty Driesell.

Coach K would go on to lead the Americans to Beijing gold, and a world title in 2010.

He will be walking the sidelines when the United States defend their Olympic title next year in London.

After Tuesday night's game, Krzyzewski shook hands with Michigan State coach Tom Izzo and also embraced the 71-year-old Knight, who was working as a television commentator for the game.

Krzyzewski later revealed what he'd said to Knight in the moments after Tuesday's victory.

He said: "Well I just told him, I said, 'Coach, I'm not sure people tell you this, but I love you and I love what you've done for me, and thank you.'

"And he says, 'Boy, you've done pretty good for a kid who couldn't shoot.'

At that point, there was laughter in the press conference.

"I think that meant he loves me too," Krzyzewski said.

"I'm going to take it as that."

Krzyzewski, who has led Duke to four NCAA titles, 13 ACC Tournament Championships and 12 ACC Regular Season Championships, admits he is glad to have finally claimed the record number of wins so people will stop concentrating on him.

"There's too much attention focused on me for this last week," he said.

"And I don't, you know, I get attention all the time, I just get attention.

"And I've gotten too much. And with the NBA not being there, you get even more."

Izzo, meanwhile, had to take part in another high-profile game against an ACC giant.

His Spartans lost to the University of North Carolina on Friday, which was Veterans Day.

That game also had special significance as it was played on an aircraft carrier, the USS Carl Vinson.

"I was in a no-win situation," Izzo said of facing Krzyzewski.

"I was either going to be the guy who threw the ball to (former home run king) Henry Aaron for the record breaker or the guy who shot Bambi."

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« Reply #3 on: Mar 22, 2011, 08:44:59 PM »

NCAA Basketball: Tournaments, Events & Free Comments • Baloncesto NCAA Competencias, Eventos & Comentarios Libres

Coach K meets and greets Brazil’s Magnano at Duke

At Team USA press conferences last summer in Turkey, boss Mike Krzyzewski always invited his opposite to Durham, North Carolina, where he is the long-time coach of Duke University.

Coaches can always learn by sharing information and observing practices.

And it doesn’t have to be a coach in the same sport, either.

Jason Garrett, the new coach of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys visited Duke recently and raved about the techniques of Krzyzewski, saying he would incorporate some of what he had seen into his own philosophy.

Brazil national team coach Ruben Magnano is one who faced Krzyzewski at the FIBA World Championship and taken the American basketball icon up on his offer.

Magnano, whose team nearly forced overtime against the USA in their Preliminary Round game in Istanbul but fell 70-68, travelled to Durham this month while on a tour of the United States.

"We made that contact during the World Championship in Turkey," said Magnano.

"I spoke to the USA coach during the games and we were invited to see the university. It was very interesting, the time we spent at Duke, a high level university in the USA.

“Mike showed us the basketball structure as well as telling us what they were doing in practice. It was a great opportunity and a first contact for us. Without a doubt, we left the doors open for Brazil in this university."

Among the NCAA players Magnano visited on his tour of North America was Fabricio Melo of Syracuse.

Melo could represent the country in the future, possibly at the 2016 Olympics when Brazil are hosts.

"Our first aim was to know him personally and exchange ideas,” Magnano, “then to know his interest in representing Brazil and place him on the list of players that are in our basketball project.

"He has been a starter many times for his university and he showed an interest to defend Brazil."

Magnano’s Duke visit took place before the NCAA Tournament.

Krzyzewski has since led Duke into the Sweet 16 with victories over Hampton on Friday and Michigan on Sunday.

Melo, whose coach at Syracuse if Team USA assistant Jim Boeheim, got a taste of the NCAA Tournament but he and the third see Orange lost in the second round on Sunday to Marquette.

This summer, Brazil will play in Argentina at the FIBA Americas Championship and there, Magnano will counting on those who competed for him last summer to help get the Brazilians into the London Olympics.

He met Denver Nuggets center Nene, San Antonio rookie Tiago Splitter and Toronto guard Leandro Barbosa on his trip.

“We were well received,” Magnano said.

“We spoke about the national team and they all showed an interest in playing for their country.

“Of course, we depend on numerous factors for them to be in the Pre-Olympic in Mar Del Plata, but the main thing is that they are willing to be in the national team and want to be at the Pre-Olympic.

“We will continue to be in contact with all of them until the date of the team announcement."

If Brazil reach the Final of the FIBA Americas Championship, they will qualify for London.

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« Reply #2 on: Jun 30, 2010, 06:24:42 PM »

NCAA Basketball: Tournaments, Events & Free Comments • Baloncesto NCAA Competencias, Eventos & Comentarios Libres

Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski... He's still coaching...

Fresh off his fourth national championship at Duke, Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski does not plan on taking a break anytime soon.

On July 18, Krzyzewski will head to Las Vegas for a weeklong USA Basketball training camp. Rising senior guard Nolan Smith and rising senior forward Kyle Singler will be among the 15 to 20 college players invited to work out with the 20 or more NBA players vying for spots on the U.S. men's national team, Krzyzewski said Monday in his annual summer news conference.

While the list of collegiate players participating in Las Vegas is still being put together, Krzyzewski said he expects North Carolina's Tyler Zeller, a rising junior forward, to be invited. The college players are picked by a committee, but Krzyzewski had one request.

"I just ask them to try and get older guys so they will be physically mature," Krzyzewski said.

This is the first time USA Basketball has attempted to integrate college players into the training of the national team. But for Krzyzewski, it's a positive change.

"It's part of our plan for USA Basketball to integrate all aspects of United States basketball," said Krzyzewski, who is the head coach of the U.S. national team and led it to the gold medal at the Bejing Olympics in 2008.

The college players won't scrimmage against the pros but will interact with the NBA players in a controlled setting, Krzyzewski said. They will also help prepare the pros for the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Istanbul, which is Aug. 28-Sept. 12.

The college players will arrive a day early to run through plays that Argentina, Spain and Greece use in order to give the national team a sneak peek of what it may see later in the summer. Villanova coach Jay Wright and Washington coach Lorenzo Romar will be at the training camp working with the college players.

It will be a good experience for whoever gets picked, Krzyzewski said, but that is hardly the only group benefiting from the summer training.

"I will coach this summer more than anybody in the United States, our whole staff will," Krzyzewski said. "As long as I take my breaks and stay fresh, I think that is a good thing."

Undrafted, not unwanted

When former Duke guard Jon Scheyer and center Brian Zoubek did not hear their names called in the NBA Draft last Thursday, Krzyzewski was not surprised, but he was not disappointed, either.

"In the second round, it's better not to be drafted," said Krzyzewski, who thought Zoubek had a shot at getting picked in the second round. "As soon as the draft is over, if you are good enough, you will be invited by five or six teams, and you will have a chance to choose who you will play summer league ball with."

According to Krzyzewski, both Scheyer and Zoubek have already made that choice, though he did not want to say which teams they will be playing with this summer. He also thinks the NBA is a very realistic future.

"I think both of them can be pros," Krzyzewski said. "I would be a little bit surprised if both of them are not on an NBA roster playing next season."

'Don't like to watch'

Rising sophomore guard Andre Dawkins prefers to avert his eyes whenever last season's NCAA championship game against Butler is on TV.

"I really don't like to watch it, especially the end, because I feel like that shot is going to go in," said Dawkins, referring to the last-second halfcourt heave by Butler's Gordon Hayward. "I try to stay away from it."

Dawkins, who skipped his senior year of high school to enroll early at Duke, averaged 4.4 points in about 12 minutes of action per game for the Blue Devils. He said he felt like his decision worked out.

"Not everyone is going to come in and win a national championship in their first year," he said. "For my situation, I think it worked out fine."

Dawkins spent the first part of the summer at home in Virginia lifting and playing pickup. He also spent a week working out with teammate Nolan Smith.

Dawkins said he has focused on improving his ball handling and conditioning. He said he has tried to move on from the national championship and focus on the upcoming season. But at times, that is hard to do.

"It is definitely pretty cool having people come up to you and say congratulations," Dawkins said. "It is cool to be able to say we won the national championship."

Flawed formula

Before Krzyzewski concluded his news conference, he wanted to bring up something that was bothering him: the NCAA's formula for calculating academic progress rates.

"I would say it is not a good formula," Krzyzewski said of the system that tracks the academic progress of each student-athlete on scholarship. "It is better than the one we had, but still not the best."

Krzyzewski does not understand why a school should be penalized if someone transfers or leaves early to go pro. As long as the athlete was in good academic standing before he left, there should not be a problem, Krzyzewski said.

"If a kid goes early, what control do you have over them?" Krzyzewski said. "You should go back to the semester preceding when you did have control."

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Krzyzewski makes adjustments: Coach K reinventing national team, Duke

One of the countless things that has helped Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski stay satisfied in the same place for three decades now is that his job rarely remains the same from year to year.

The constant player turnover requires that he reinvent his team almost annually, a challenging but fulfilling task that he's poised to take on in his recurring role with USA Basketball as well.

"I'm going to have to make those adjustments with our national team too because we're going to have pretty much an entirely new team for the world championships," Krzyzewski during his annual K Academy earlier this month. "We've been busy in our preparation for that."

At the 2008 Olympics, with Krzyzewski as head coach, the United States recaptured the gold medal thanks in large part to the efforts of Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Dwight Howard.

While all those players remain atop USA Basketball's pool of 27 players under consideration for the 2012 Olympics, there's a decent chance that none of those players will be competing in the 2010 FIBA World Championship later this summer.

Bryant, who won his fifth NBA title with the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday, may undergo knee surgery and miss the world championship, scheduled for Aug. 28-Sept. 12 in Turkey. James and Wade almost surely won't take part as they sort through their NBA fate in free agency, and Anthony has said he won't be competing in the midst of his impending marriage. Howard is undecided.

Even with that group, minus Bryant, on the roster, the U.S. had to settle for third place in the 2006 world championships -- Krzyzewski's first major international event as head coach. That experience, however, set the ground work for Krzyzewski's approach to the international game, an approach that is now deeply routed and is one of the reasons the U.S. will be favored in the upcoming world championships regardless of the roster.

The players that do take part -- Kevin Durant is the biggest name confirmed at this point -- will be together for nearly a month before heading to Turkey. They will get together for a training camp in Las Vegas in mid-July, then take a break before reconvening in New York for a week of training that will include an exhibition game in Times Square. Then it's on to Spain and Greece for a trio of warm-ups before the team lands in Turkey.

Krzyzewski said the schedule, while ambitious, won't force him to miss much recruiting time and will allow him to return shortly after school starts back at Duke.

That's not to say that Krzyzewski, even before he won his fourth NCAA championship in April, feels any need to justify his role with USA Basketball to critics who contended that it was hurting his program at Duke.

"Sometimes I think a handful of people say something, and a whole bunch of other people hear it, but that doesn't make it true," Krzyzewski said. "I knew when I accepted the position with USA Basketball that it would really help Duke University and me, and if it's helping me, it's going to help Duke.

"It did. We were better. We learned a lot, and in renewing that commitment, we hope it has that same impact, which we think it will."

Krzyzewski said he's looking forward to the process of making significant adjustments to the way his Duke team will play next season. Last year, a team short on perimeter depth relied on rebounding and interior defense to complement its "big three" scorers and capture the crown.

Next season, with Liberty transfer Seth Curry and lightning-quick point guard Kyrie Irving added to the mix among others, the team will take on a different look to be sure.

That's just the way Krzyzewski likes it.

"We won't play the same game," he said. "At Duke, it never gets old for me. Having the caliber of players and young men we bring in, that doesn't get old.

"It keeps you fresh."

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2008 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament

The 2008 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament involved 65 schools playing in a single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball as a culmination of the 2007–08 basketball season. It began on March 18, 2008, and concluded as the Kansas Jayhawks defeated the Memphis Tigers 75-68 in overtime at the Alamodome  in San Antonio, Texas,  to win their fifth national championship, and third NCAA championship.

The host institution was the University of Texas at San Antonio. For the first time in tournament history since seeding began, the top seeded team from each of the four regionals made it to the final four: Kansas, Memphis, North Carolina, and UCLA. On August 20, 2009, the NCAA forced Memphis to vacate all of its wins from the 2007-08 season, as well as their trip to the Final Four and the NCAA Championship Game.

The penalty, which was due to use of an ineligible player, widely believed to be Derrick Rose, was upheld by the NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee on March 22, 2010.  Entering the tournament on March 18, the top ranked team was North Carolina in both the AP Top 25 and the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Polls, followed by Memphis, UCLA  and Kansas.

American University, UMBC, Texas-Arlington, and Portland State all entered the tournament for the first time in their school's history. Another school, Coppin State won the MEAC Tournament to became the first 20-loss school ever to make the field. The first round of the tournament featured some unprecedented upsets, with four upsets in all four games played in Tampa.

The surprise of the tournament was tenth-seeded Davidson, who advanced to the Elite Eight before losing to eventual champion Kansas 59-57, each team's closest game of the tournament. This tournament was also notable for being the only one to date to feature two 12 vs. 13 matchups.

The total tournament attendance of 763,607 set a record for highest total tournament attendance, breaking the record set during the 1999 tournament.

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