Posted: 3/27/2012 11:53:30 AM
Originally Posted by 222bad:
Those numbers are an obvious concern for us under backers, but what should concern you guys on the over is that Stanford put up those numbers in the comfort of home, and now go to Madison Square Garden. Jump shooting team after team's been brought back to earth with the cavernous sight lines,and lighting, at that venue. The earlier starting time may also throw off their scoring, with the coast to coast travel another possible factor against them scoring. As much as UMass likes to force pace, we've seen they can in fact play either way, and I'm not expecting them to force a track meet, but will take what's given to them. I could easily be wrong, but I'm willing to pay to find out. BOL
I appreciate your post and always welcome a different viewpoint. But I do need to disagree with some of the points in your post.
1. 2 of the 5 games referenced were not at home, rather they were played on at the Staples Center in LA as part of the PAC12 tournament
2. This is the not the first trip to MSG for Stanford this year, they already played Oklahoma St and Syracuse there back in November. And in those two games, they shot 16-37 (43.2%) from behind the arc....which is actually 5.1% better than they shoot on the year on 3PA. This is quite significant when you consider Stanford is #30 in the nation in 3P FG%.
3. UMass only plays one pace....and that is FAST. The national average of adjusted possessions per game is 66. Do you know how many games the Minutemen have played this year that went below the national average -- only ONE. And that was in their last game vs Drexel that saw 62 possessions.
Best of luck with your card tonight, but I wanted to be able to clarify too many of the generalities that I'm seeing in today's forum that are being applied to this match-up tonight