Saturday, September 29, 2012

Midnight Madness Around The Corner

Almost nobody is aware of this, but yesterday marked only two weeks until Midnight Madness. So yes, we are at the point where we can count down the days to the start of the college basketball season. And if you're not going to a Midnight Madness event, ESPN/ESPNU will have the same type of coverage they've had the past few years, which you can read about here.

Believe it or not, I do think you can glean something informative from Midnight Madness. Obviously a lot of it is always just fun introductions, slam dunk contests, etc. And that's all fun and games. But most teams play a scrimmage, and I do find those informative to watch. Remember, these kids spend most of their offseason practicing on their own. Did they spend that time fooling around, or did they spend it practicing the fundamentals? You can often tell in these first scrimmages. I always like it when I see sound defense and smart passing - it's usually a sign of a disciplined team that is going to take care of the ball when it counts.

Nobody is running a three-man weave or complicated offensive sets during a Midnight Madness scrimmage, but when you see teams where guys are constantly tossing the ball behind their back out of bounds and giggling on their way back down the floor, it's usually not a good sign.

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