Archive for October, 2013

New Rules

October 29th, 2013

In an effort to increase scoring this season, the NCAA Men's Basketball Rules committee has amended two rules, one dealing with defending the player with the ball and the other the infamous block/charge rule.

This season, the following defensive moves will be illegal; 1) placing and keeping a hand/ forarm on an opponent; 2) putting two hands on an opponent;3) continually jabbing by placing hand or forearm on an opponent; and 4) using an arm bar to impede the progress of a dribbler

Simply touching a player is NOT an automatic foul

The goal is to require defenders to move their feet as opposed to using their arms , create a less physical game, and enhance freedom of movement.

The Rules Committee, in reviewing the block/charge issue, determined that two types of plays were difficult to call correctly. One, defenders moving forward at the time of contact, and two, the time frame when the defender must be in a legal guarding position during airborne shooter situations. Now, when a player begins his upward motion to pass or shoot, the defender must be in a legal guarding position.

It is hoped this change will allow the officials a longer time to view the actions of both the offense and defense.

Hope this will help you all enjoy watching the game and assist in criticizing the officials.

Tomorrow on Hoopstalk, ESPN 1420, Coach Gib will be our guest. Next week, Roy Willams of North Carolina will be our special guest. And dont forget the exibition game on Halloween. Hopefully no tricks, just treats.

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A Day at Practice

October 14th, 2013

With less than 4 weeks to the opening game, i spent some time Saturday watching practice. Some early observations.

First, Standhardinger was not there. Out sick. What it demonstrated is how limited the frontcourt may be. Yes, ther is Fotu, and he looked solid. But after that, not sure what would happen if either of these guys goes down with an injury and foul trouble. Yes, Rozitis is back and can give you some minutes, but franky, its a big drop off. And none of the young frontcourt guys are quite ready for Div 1 basketball. But its early.

On the other hand, the backcourt is loaded. My guess is that Shamburger and Nevels will start at the one and two, with Smith, Jawato and Valdes in the mix as subs. Shamburger and Nevels can handle the ball, have decent shot making ability, and look like they can defend in transition. But until they step out on the court against another team's starters, no one can really know how much better this backcourt will be, although it will be better than the previous three years.

Spearman will be the three. Behind him, who knows. Maybe Harper, maybe Thomas. There are lots of young backcourt guys and i expect at least one will probably red-shirt.

I will miss the intrasquad scrimmage this weekend as i will be out of town, but i will be back for the HPU exhibition. Meanwhile, Jackson will host the show the next two weeks. I know he has Coach Reggis Theus this Weds as his guest.

This team has the early makings of the type of team Gib always wanted. A team that can run and play aggressive man defense. A team that can compete in transition. And the type of team that can compete in the guard dominated Big West. I dont think there is much doubt we will have two of the best big men in the conference. Now if we can find the guys who can handle the ball, defend, and score, ( i know, everybody wants that), this team can be compeitive with the top teams in the league. Its consistentcy in the backcourt that will be the key to a successful season

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Its Time For Hoopstalk

October 2nd, 2013

Hard to believe we are coming up to another season of UH basketball. Practice has begun and hopes are high. Over the past few months, many have asked me how good will the team be.

I am not prepared to answer that based upon media hype, summer league results, or high school records. I have learned that one needs to see 4-5 games to really make an accurate guess as to the team's chances.

I will say the pre-season magazines I have seen put UH in the middle of the Big West. Somewhere between 4 and 6th. I think, with the addition of several guards, a weak position last year, and a few more shooters, that if UH can escape an injury to Standhardinger or Fotu, the team has a good chance to finish in the top half of the league. Add to that, a favorable schedule. But that's as far as I am willing to go right now.

As i mentioned, the team should be siginificantly stronger in the backcourt and solid in the frontcourt, but a lack of depth inside could prove an issue. Dont be surprised to see the team " go small", especially in the guard dominated Big West.

The radio show will start next weds at 7 pm on ESPN 1420. The first week's guest will be Pittburgh Coach jamie Dixon.

As those of you know who have followed this blog over the years, i am not afarid to give my opinion and not afraid of hearing from you who disagree. This blog will never be a " everything is great" column, unless everything is great. We will analyze the program as it moves along, pointing out the good things, and if necessary, the not so good. But like most of you, I support the program and want it to succeed. No one opinion is any better than any other, assuming it is based upon facts, and i look forward to hearing from each of you in support or in opposition to my thoughts and opinions. Go Bows ( sorry, Rainbow Warriors).

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