by Michael Lowrey
Andrew Carter of the Raleigh News & Observer, available here via the Winston-Salem Journal, has an interesting column out on the state of college basketball. The key point:
It’s time – past time – for the powers in college basketball to make a similar effort, as [NBA Commissioner David] Stern did in the NBA, to restore beauty to the game. College basketball, in the ACC and well beyond, has turned into a slow, plodding, often painful-to-watch affair. To put it simply: The game needs help.
Let’s start, for one, with pace of play. Ten years ago, according to data on kenpom.com, six of the ACC’s 12 teams averaged at least 70 possessions in conference games. Now? Nobody does.
The league’s “quickest” team in ACC games, Wake Forest, is averaging 67.8 possessions per game, which would have put the Deacons 10th in the ACC back during the 2004-05 season.