Afternoon Links: The immovable NCAA
December, 11, 2013
By Eamonn Brennan | ESPN.com
What we're reading Wednesday afternoon. Submit links via Twitter.
- It should be no surprise to anyone, of course, that the university presidents NCAA president Mark Emmert was elected to represent aren't falling over themselves to uproot college athletics' 100-year-old raison d'ętre. You may get some movement to be, or seem, more reasonable. You may get concessions. Likeness rights, stipends, even endorsements, if things get really crazy. But what you will not get is an NCAA group willing to admit that it should pay athletes a wage for their contributions to their athletic departments' bottom lines. In case you needed further confirmation, Emmert provided it at the IMG Intercollegiate Athletics Forum Wednesday, when he said a lot of things you should probably be aware of.
- Jordan Adams is really good. How good is really good? So good, in fact, that in addition to drawing fouls, avoiding them in his own right and creating steals on 6.4 percent of his possessions, Adams is shooting 37.1 percent from 3-point range and 62.1 percent inside the arc, good for a 134.6 offensive rating on 28.3 percent usage. No player in the country is more efficient at that usage threshold ($). How did this happen? Pachoops.com, with the assistance of the invaluable Hoop Math, incisively teases out Adams' shot distribution numbers: Adams has converted a vast swath of his midrange jumpers to rim attacks this season, and as a result his efficiency (and the rate at which he is fouled and sent to the free-throw line) has skyrocketed.
- Why has Maryland struggled so much this season? “I think it’s effort,” coach Mark Turgeon told the Washington Post. “Effort and concentration. That’s really what it comes down to."
- Indiana was eons better this week (at home against Oakland) than it was last week (on the road at Syracuse). Context has something to do with that. Inside the Hall examines the other reasons.
- Do you love college basketball? Movies? What about the variably great, constantly threatened, eventually hollowed-out NBC sitcom "Community"? Do you like your movies short? Are you interested in the story behind one of the greatest uniforms in the history of college basketball -- Marquette's famous 1977 "untucked" uniforms designed by Bo Ellis and championed by Al McGuire? Have I drilled so narrowly into your potential interest graph that you feel as if I am reading your mind? Because that's how I felt when I learned the ESPN "30 for 30" short "Untucked," directed by "Community" co-star Danny Pudi, was selected to be shown as one of 66 short films in the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. So many things I enjoy crammed into one little press release.