Wednesday, February 24, 2010

SEC Basketball Insight From Coaches Around The Leage

Seth Davis of SI has put up some inside thoughts from coaches around the country on some of the top teams in the top leagues.

I always find these “scout’s takes” fascinating because you get to hear what people with very valid opinions of teams think without repercussions. In other words, a beat writer is not going to put these thoughts out there without being shut out of the program. I always enjoying reading the preseason magazines that have this insight, but onto the highlights for the SEC.

Kentucky


“The second thing is their perimeter shooting. Statistically their percentages are respectable, but their volume of outside shots is not high.”

I whole heartedly agree and think this is what could burn Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament in a one game setting.

“There is no doubt Cousins is the best post player in college basketball. He's a load on the block, and it's incredible he gets one of every four shots taken off the offensive glass.”

This quote tells me how good of a job John Calipari has done with Cousins and why he is one of the best, if not the best coach in the country.

Vanderbilt


“Honestly, I don't know that they have a real weakness. I was surprised they didn't beat Kentucky, though you're obviously not going to beat many teams shooting 2-for-20 from three”

I was just as surprised about the loss, bu the 3 point shooting hurt them in the first loss as well.

Tennessee


“I think Tennessee has a lot of holes, to be honest with you, though Bruce Pearl has obviously done a great job managing what they went through.”

Another reason why I think Pearl is one of the top 10 coaches in the country. You would think a traditional basketball powers would come after him or an ACC school, but he is already one of the highest paid coaches at a football school in a football conference.

Mississippi State


“They have some work to do, but if they get in as a 12 seed, I wouldn't want to be the 5 seed that has to play them in the first round.”

Which is what happened last year. Maybe the best 13 seed in NCAA Tournament history a year ago.

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