Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Things that are interesting to me right now

Michael Lewis has a new book out about being a father. That might be a good gift from H to Big Country.

Loved this short post about an even shorter comic strip:

Davidson, Duke and Miami U lost the other day in key conference games that all were for either a regular season championship (for Miami and Duke) or a chance to win the conference tournament (for Davidson). It was not a good day in *basketball yesterday.

*The one exception being the Jazz won and the Nuggets lost, which means that after an 11 game winning streak the Jazz are now in first place in their division.

The all ACC teams were announced and have to say that I agree with everyone with the only difference being I would have chosen Jeff Teague over Jack McLinton from Miami of Florida. The reason being is that Teague had an incredible year for the 2nd best team (tied with Duke) in the conference. He averaged 19.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.6 assists. 1.9 steals, .6 blocks on shooting of 47% from 3, 49% from the field, and 83% from the line. Those are arguably the best stats for any player in the ACC. McClinton had a line of 19.7 points, 3.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 0.7 steals, 0 blocks on 46% from 3, 45% from the field, and 89% from the line, so it isn’t like I am writing that he had a bad season. He almost definitely would be a 1st team all ACC (or any other conference) almost any other year. My personal preference though is to side with Teague because of his incredible game against UNC, his complete all-around game, and for his incredible points per shot average of 1.6.

One disagreement I have is that Tyler Hansbrough was the only unanimous selection to the All-ACC 1st team. That has to be a joke right. I mean people did watch the Duke-UNC game yesterday and saw someone who was only half as important to his team as Ty Lawson. I mean even when you consider that he probably was being voted on compared to other post players it is hard to believe he would be unanimous. Some could even make the argument that Trevor Booker was a better player and deserved to be the only Clemson Tiger on the ACC 1st team. Lets compare the line. Hansbrough – 21.1 points, 8.1 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.5 blocks, 53% from the field and 85% from the line. Booker – 15.2 points, 9.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.4 steals, 2.1 blocks, 57% from the field and 72% from the line. I would rather have a complete player like Booker who has more rebounds, twice has many assists, twice as many steals, four times as many blocks and comparable shooting percentages than someone like Hansbrough who benefits from playing on a team with point guard like Ty Lawson and is really only a one trick pony. Of course when your one trick is scoring points (and being white) then the media fawns over you because they fail to look at the complete picture.

By the way the stat of the week is this:
  • Tyler Hansbrough's record against Duke without Ty Lawson - 1 win and 2 losses.
  • Ty Lawson's record against Duke - 5-0.
In other words I am going to be glad when Lawson is in the Nba next year.

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