At last, the book is right here on Amazon. This is the item that will guide you safely through the early-season hype and panics. This weekend when you’re watching, say, Georgia Tech play in Puerto Rico you can just flip to page 33:
“In spite of our record,” Paul Hewitt has said, “we weren’t far off.” I know that sounds like standard coach-speak after a tough season, but in this case the standard coach-speak is in fact correct.
Then again maybe your team is Kansas. Turn to page 56. It would have prepared you for Tyshawn Taylor‘s game against Memphis last night:
As a freshman Taylor was superb on offense in a supporting role, if–and it was a huge if–he didn’t cough up the ball. Taylor made an outstanding 56 percent of his twos, but more than any other Jayhawk who saw regular minutes he struggled with turnovers.
Or let’s say you’re taking in Syracuse against the winner of North Carolina vs. Ohio State in Coaches vs. Cancer. That would be page 96:
Syracuse has the tools and the talent to compete for a Big East title. But if they struggle, this could be an ugly offensive year with too many forced shots.
Michigan in the Old Spice Classic? Page 108:
The largest single difference between a team that was battling Blake Griffin in late March and one that went 10-22 the year before was accuracy from the field.
For all you Cal fans following the aforementioned Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, please turn to page 130:
Cal will have a short front line, so blocks won’t be their specialty, but if their defense is going to rise to a level that earns the team a top seed in March, it would help if they forced a few more turnovers.
And let’s not forget the fans of Tennessee‘s best team by a country mile, the basketball team. They should proceed directly to page 162:
It’s a tribute to how far Bruce Pearl has brought this program in just four seasons that a 10-6 conference record and a first-round NCAA exit comprise a down year….This particular rebuilding year achieved better results than the Vols used to see in their peak years.
Not to mention the book was way ahead of the curve on this whole Evan Turner mania: “The best all-around [NBA] prospect in the country.” (Page 15.)
College Basketball Prospectus 2009-10, now available for just $16.95 on Amazon. I might be a trifle biased, so take it from Luke Winn‘s cover blurb: “The analysis from Prospectus isn’t just original. They’re working with information no one else has.”
Well, being the generous souls we are, we decided to share that information with all of you. Dig in!