March Madness is now in full swing.
This year’s tournament has received a lot of media attention. The billion dollar pool prize promoted by Warren Buffet has gotten a lot of press and it seems like everyone has a few pools. In fact, the word bracketology has now become the vernacular.
Apparently, more bets are placed on this sporting event than on the Super Bowl.
This basketball tournament is a great sporting event. Fans can see teams and players they may not be familiar with. There are always some amazing surprises. There have already been several overtime games in the first round.
One thing to pay attention to that the media does not pay enough attention to is the efficiency of teams and coaches after a timeout.
A good coach needs to know when to call a timeout. He needs to be able to recognize when his team is out of spells and also needs to be aware of score, momentum, and the amount of time left in the game.
There is a lot to be done with using timeouts wisely, as well as the time between periods of play.
When the clock is ticking down, the coach needs to strategize, energize and guide his team. He needs to quickly diagnose the situation and design or call a play to score or prevent the opposition from scoring. He also has to help the team stay focused in a short period of time. He may have to change his game plan in the heat of the moment.
Some statisticians have analyzed points scored, turnovers, and defensive stops after a timeout is taken.
Not surprisingly, some of the best coaches in the country, like Rick Pitino, Mike Krzyzewski, and Tom Izzo, seem to be among the most efficient coaches when it comes to using time-outs wisely and efficiently, based on the data you use to perform this analysis. The best trainers seem to know how to use these breaks wisely.
Interestingly, in the NBA, Marc Jackson, the coach of the San Francisco Warriors, is believed to be one of the best coaches when it comes to timeouts.
So all the self-minded and basketball addicts might want to watch what their coaches and teams are up to after a break in the action. Your behavior can have an impact on all your major supports.
I might add that basketball coaches of all levels can benefit from using timeouts and time between periods wisely and efficiently.