Here at BN all of us are pretty hyped up about Bruins' number 1 ranking. Our players (thankfully) though are not getting too caught up in the hype, understanding full well that they are not an invincible team. They know they have to work on lingering issues such as atrocious FT shooting. Here is AA on the need for Bruins to improve before they head into the conference season:
"The obvious things are going to be our rebounding margin and free throws. Those are two aspects of the game that can hurt you down the stretch if you're not improving on that part of the game."
Chances are Sam Houston State isn't the team that will send the Bruins tumbling from atop the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today polls. The Bearkats (6-4) have lost to UC Irvine by eight in overtime, Oklahoma State by 19 and Texas Tech by 15.
But just ahead for the Bruins lies 11-1 Michigan on Saturday, and the beginning of Pacific 10 Conference play.
"Sometimes I play around in practice," Shipp said. "I need to get more serious."
So let's hope Josh gets "serious" right from the tip off tonight, because Bruins are going to play a pretty well coached opponent. More from Dohn:
But Howland said there is a benefit to playing a Bearkats squad that has wins over Texas A&M-International, Louisiana College, East Tennessee State, Delaware State, Alcorn State and Loyola Marymount.
"It's a good team for us because we're going to see the same style when we play Arizona State and West Virginia," Howland said.
Bearkat Coach Bob Marlin runs the Princeton Offense made famous by former Princeton Coach Pete Carril. The Princeton Offense is a disciplined offense which emphasizes constant motion, passing, and teamwork. The players are constantly cutting and moving the ball until a player mismatch or uncontested lay-up, usually back-door, develops.
The style of offense helps to negate an opponent's advantage in athleticism and forces defenses to be disciplined and on constant guard. Of course, Bruin fans remember when Pete Carril used the offense to upset defending national champion UCLA in 1996.
Not surprisingly, the Bearkats are ranked third in the nation in assists with 20.2 a game .