"My rule was I wouldn't recruit a kid if he had grass in front of his house.
That's not my world. My world was a cracked sidewalk." —Al McGuire

Monday, March 18, 2013

Warriors take on the Wildcats in NCAA opener

Welcome back to March Madness. For the eighth consecutive season MU rah-rah is back in the thick of things, and for the second consective season the team earned mad respect from the Selection Committee by earning a 3 Seed.  The Big East Champions play the 14th-seeded Davidson Wildcats (26-7, Southern Conference Champions) on Thursday afternoon at approximately 2:10pm CT.  The game will appear on truTV.

More later in the week but this is a tough draw. As the guys at Paint Touches pointed out the Wildcats returned all five starters from last year’s NCAA tournament team – a bunch that gave Louisville a scare before falling 69-62 in the first round.

This is the second consecutive season that the Warriors earned a three seed. Does anybody remember what happened the last time MU was a three-seed, won its conference and lost in the first round of the conference tourney?  Karma.  Believe.

Here are a few links to get you through the day:

Ken Pomeroy installed MU as a four-point favorite.  A quick look at the top line stats show some areas of strength and concern.
  • Davidson is terrible at forcing turnovers.  MU has to take advantage of this and protect the ball given the trend lines we noted the other day.
  • Davidson shoots the lights out. They sink 36.9% of their 3-pointers (nearly 8/game) while MU is just 83rd in the nation (9th in the Big East) at defending the trey, 31.8%.  Pat Connaughton, ugh.
Need a primer on the East Region? Check out Paint Touches.

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