Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Does schedule change favor Terps over Duke?

The schedule change prompted by the incredible accumulation of snow in Maryland and Virginia will put both of those schools in a bind next week.

Today's game was rescheduled for Monday, so both teams will be forced to play three times in five days next week. That means that on Wednesday, Feb. 17, Florida State (at Virginia) and N.C. State (home vs. Maryland) could be catching tired opponents in key ACC games.

But the rescheduling also will give yet another team (Maryland) an advantage of extra rest against Duke. The original ACC schedule called for 10 of Duke's opponents to have at least one day of extra rest against the Blue Devils.

Duke was scheduled to have more days of rest than its opponents twice (including tonight's game against North Carolina). The amount of rest was supposed to be equal four times.

Now Maryland's postponement shoves the Terrapins into the category of having more rest than Duke. And Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski already was questioning the fairness of having Duke play both of its "permanent partners" on the schedule - presumably its biggest rivals - in the same week.

"I don't know how that's happened," Krzyzewski said earlier in the week.

Of course, the weather is completely out of the ACC's control. And Krzyzewski presumably could have scheduled his team some breaks by playing more nonconference games in the first two months of the season rather than playing Georgetown on Jan. 30 and Tulsa on Feb. 25.

But having Duke scheduled for 10 games with less rest than opponents and just two games with more rest seemed unusual. At the very least, it seems to disprove the conspiracy theorists who think the ACC arranges everything to favor Duke and North Carolina.

Ken Tysiac


Sean said...

Are you kidding me? Koach K is whining AGAIN? This guy is unbelievable! What a tool.

qdog112 said...

This guy cries about everything. Is it me or is this the first time, days between games have been an issue? If only they could get the refs to stop huddling with him during the game. If he's crying now, just wait until they draw the block/charge circle under the basket. That's worth 5 calls per game over the last 10 years.

Anonymous said...

K a whiner and a tool? In reply I give you the following dose of unimaginable self-pity and delusion from Coach Roy Williams:
"Our massage therapist told me, 'You know, coach, what happened in Haiti is a catastrophe. What you're having is a disappointment,' " said Williams. "I told her that depends on what chair you're sitting in. It does feel like a catastrophe to me, because it is my life."
And here is the link

Anonymous said...

Roy Williams' quote that defines his character:

"Our massage therapist told me, 'You know, coach, what happened in Haiti is a catastrophe. What you're having is a disappointment.' And I told her that depends on which chair she's sitting in, because it does feel like a catastrophe to me, and that's because it is my life."

Anonymous said...

If this Roy quote is accurate, he should resign. But he won't. That is the Carolina way.