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Using Non-Conference Stats

Every school is either about to start conference play or has already played a conference game or two (or more). So, what do you do with those stats from non-conference games? 1. Put them in context You know who you played and how they measure up to your team. You may have surprised yourself by …

Making Adjustments

Coming down the stretch of the season, you’re seeing conference opponents possibly for a second time.  You might see them for a third time in your conference tournament.  No matter the results of those initial match-ups, you need to start making adjustments for the rematches. Some adjustments may be easy, especially if a key player …

Three Tips for your Conference Tourney

It’s Conference Tournament time!! Here’s three tips to hopefully get you to a conference title. Double-check those travel plans! – I’ll never forget a panicked phone call from our head coach one season when we were all planning for a noon departure to the airport, telling us the flight is actually at 10 am.  Oh …

Rematches

As much as I used to love watching film and looking at stats, nothing beats when you’ve actually played a team and are getting ready to play them again. Like I’ve talked about, you know your conference opponents better than anyone else, but once you’ve seen them the first time through the schedule, you can …

Slaying Goliath

Every conference has that one powerhouse team. Sometimes they are at the top for just one or two seasons and sometimes they are at the top for years and years (see Huskies, UConn). When you run across a powerhouse in a non-conference game, you run your stuff and just see how it goes. When you …

Same Old Sh*t

When I was an assistant at Colby College (ME), every year we would play Bates College twice. Jim Murphy was the head coach at the time and by my second year there, he would tell me at the end of our pre-game conversation, ‘Don’t worry Matt, we’re runnin’ the same ol’ sh*t’. And he wasn’t …