Monday, April 07, 2008


Nice timing on Carleton's part — confirmation has been sent out that the Kansas Jayhawks' next game, after the little matter of that NCAA title game vs. Memphis tonight — will be on Aug. 30 vs. the Ravens in pre-season action.

From the perspective of a hoops junkie, of course, tonight Kansas is playing a U.S. version of Carleton. Memphis' system of dribble-drive motion bears more than a passing resemblance to Carleton's drive-and-kick game.

(Thanks to David Kent at Carleton.)

Kansas making pre-season tour to Canada (The CIS Blog, Dec. 20, 2007)


Andrew Bucholtz said...

That's pretty amazing, especially if KU wins tonight. It would be awesome to see the NCAA champions, even if they go with their younger players and the game doesn't mean anything. Maybe they should swing by St. Catharines and play Brock for an unofficial North American championship while they're at it?

Anonymous said...

Speaking of KU...tell me, did Kansas win that game Monday night or did Memphis flat out blow it?
Because any team up by 9 with 2:12 to go should put it away, right?
Especially with a 35 second shot clock.
Apparently, FT shooting was Memphis' Achilles heel, and it bit them in the rear as it turned out.
Anyway, it would have been nice to have the Kansas-Carleton tilt billed as the NCAA champ v CIS champ but those party-poopers from Acadia screwed that up.

sager said...

Haha. I don't know how well I can answer that -- I left work at 11 to catch my bus with 5 minutes left and assumed I'd get home just in time for One Shining Moment. Instead, it goes to OT.

As it happens, Bill James has a formula for calculating when a college basketball lead is safe.

Up nine with 2:12 to go is 23% safe if the trailing team has the ball, 32% safe if the team with the lead has it.

So let's say that was about 70% Kansas coming back and 30% Memphis gagging. It's quite amazing the Tigers even built that lead, since Kansas did a great job taking them out of their offence and making them burn a lot of energy to get their baskets, especially in the first half.