Sunday, February 6, 2011

Waiving Goodbye To Pool C

Olivet 71, Calvin 69 (box)

The loss means Calvin falls into a three way tie for second place in the MIAA standing, but maybe more importantly for that, Calvin probably doesn't have much of a shot at an at-large NCAA Tournament bid any longer.

Calvin now sits at 8-4 in-region (0.667 win percentage), so their maximum 'Pool C'
(at large) record would be 14-5 (0.737). You usually want to be on the other side of 0.750 to have a strong chance for Pool C selection.

That being said, the chances they get selected certainly isn't going to be zero, but any number of conference tournament upsets would likely make it so. So, for all intents and purposes, it's win the MIAA tournament or bust.

But back to this weekend's heart breaker. The game was lost over a seven minute stretch in the second half. Calvin had come out of the locker room for the second half and scored the first six points of the second half, but Olivet ripped off a 19-4 run to take a nine point lead that would never be relinquished.

During that run, the Comets were 9-12 from the floor and the Knights were 2-6 with five turnovers.

Game Chart


I don't really want to call any individuals out, and you certainly can't say that Danny Rodts didn't have a good game, but I'd like to see him be more of a go-to guy on offense. He's shooting only about 20% of the team's shots while he's on the floor, but a player of his caliber should be shooting the ball more often. He's a fantastic shooter, but he usually doesn't like to let a three ball fly unless he's almost wide open. I would like to see him use his 6-6 height to try to shoot over his defender more often.

Calvin won the rebounding battle by one rebound, but they didn't do a good enough job on the defensive glass. Olivet picked up too many offensive boards, and they were particularly good at converting these second-chance opportunities.

Calvin relies pretty heavily on the three point shot, and when they don't fall, they don't win.

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