Friday, January 7, 2011

(Not so) great moments in sportswriting, pt. 57

This post has almost nothing to do with the Georgetown Hoyas.

The Missouri Tigers are playing the Colorado Buffalos on Saturday in Boulder.  As a preview for the game, the local Boulder newspaper posted a preview article.  Some excerpts (emphasis mine):

The Princeton offense at Colorado was a dumb idea. At least against Missouri.


New CU head coach Tad Boyle believes the Buffs -- now running an up-tempo motion offense that enters Big 12 play ranked seventh nationally in scoring (84.8 ppg) -- will be able to compete better against Anderson's frenetic and proven methods. It usually didn't take the Tigers long to get Bzdelik's teams out of the methodical offense and into a lot of trouble trying to deal with an early deficit and intense full-court pressure.

I wonder if the author realizes that the only blemish on Missouri's record to date came from a team that runs a variation of the Princeton offense.

Or that the 2011 Buffs average 68.6 possessions per game and score 1.15 PPP, while the 2010 Buffs averaged 68.5 possessions per game and scored 1.12 PPP.

Probably not.

Thus endeth the lesson.

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