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Belichick breaks down Fins personnel; Van Gundy queries Golden; Canes, Heat

A six-pack of notes on a Wednesday night:

### No coach butters up an opponent like the Patriots’ Bill Belichick. But Belichick also goes into more detail on his upcoming opponent’s personnel than perhaps any coach in the league. Here’s some of what he said Wednesday about the Dolphins, a lengthy soliloquy without even being asked a question:

“The Dolphins are doing a lot of things well; they’re an impressive team. They’re really sound. I’ve been real impressed with the kicking game – [Marcus] Thigpen has done a good job for them returning. They have a lot of physical coverage guys [on special teams] like [Jason] Trusnik and [Olivier] Vernon, [Austin] Spitler, [Jimmy] Wilson, [Marlon] Moore, real good group there; a good group of specialists.

"Defensively I think they’re led by that front. Very explosive front with [Cameron] Wake and [Koa] Misi, Vernon outside and inside [Randy] Starks, [Paul] Soliai, [Jared] Odrick is playing well. I think a lot of those guys are having as good years as they’ve had. They put a lot of pressure on you with a lot of different blitz packages. [They] have a lot of good players up there – tough to run against, good on third down, good in the red area.

“Offensively,… a couple good running backs, a solid offensive line – [Jake] Long, [Mike] Pouncey, [Richie] Incognito – a real solid left side. Pouncey is one of the best centers in the league. [Anthony] Fasano has always done a good job for them. [Brian] Hartline is having a career year, a really explosive player. [Davone] Bess, we always know what kind of problem he’s been for us.”

### Here’s what Belichick said to say about Ryan Tannehill: “He’s done a good job, given them some spark. He’s really a smart guy. You can certainly see that by the way he runs the offensive team: their audibles, the way he controls the line of scrimmage, gets them in and out of plays based on different defensive looks, things like that. They give him a lot of responsibility there and I don’t think he has any problem handling it.”

### Don’t understate Shane Battier’s absence for at least the next couple of games. The Heat generally plays well with him on the floor – plus 63 this season in his 345 minutes. Oddly, Dwyane Wade is only a plus 24 in his 338 minutes. Among Heat players, Battier trails only Chris Bosh (plus 76) in plus/minus.

### UM’s 67-59 win against perennial power Michigan State on Wednesday is the type of victory that can push Miami over the top for an NCAA Tournament bid if the Canes finish 9-9 or 10-8 in the ACC, provided they plow through the rest of the non-conference schedule without many more bumps. They’re clearly a different team with Durand Scott, who was suspended when UM lost by 12 to Florida Gulf Coast.

Former Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl and former Duke guard Jay Williams raised eyebrows in ESPN’s studio by ranking UM ahead of North Carolina. Pearl expects UM to finish ahead of UNC in the ACC. “Miami is for real,” he said. “This was a major statement game.”

UM got good work from all its perimeter players, including Scott, Shane Larkin and Trey McKinney Jones (18 points). Reggie Johnson (10 points, 11 rebounds, three blocks) was far more active after halftime.  

### Stan Van Gundy, guest hosting on Wednesday with Dan Le Batard and Jon Weiner on 790 The Ticket, asked Al Golden how much the NCAA investigation has hurt UM in recruiting.

“It’s hurt us. In many respects, it’s more difficult than dealing with what is handed down,” Golden said. “The unknown is what allows people to say what they want to recruits. We are vulnerable. We have been a victim of negative recruiting. It makes me angry. It’s easy to go after a program when you’re going through what we’re going through. But it turns a lot of [kids] off, too. It’s like being on probation now. The cloud is akin to being on probation. We’ll overcome it.”

### Van Gundy also got Golden going on the lunacy of so many teams switching conferences. “Do you know what league you’re in and what other teams are in the league?” Van Gundy said, whimsically.

Said Golden: “If I had to name all the other conference schools, I don’t think I could. It looks like we’re going to super conferences. I don’t know if we’re going to end up with four or five. How are we going to pay for it all? How are these teams in the Big East going to pay to go to Boise? Not [only] football, but a basketball game on a Tuesday night?”

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green

louisville to the acc ? Says:
November 28th, 2012 at 1:56 pm
Too funny……….

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/A81M9SWCMAAnW-j.jpg

Louisville Basketball revenue last year was $62 million.
– adcorbett

JESUS H. CHRIST

Marios

Of course Belichick doesnt want the fins to get rid of Ireland so he complements our team before kicking our arses.

green

Blue By []_[] Says:
November 29th, 2012 at 12:56 pm
Louisville Basketball revenue last year was $62 million.
– adcorbett
BIG FAT LIE

http://www.bizjournals.com/louisville/blog/2012/11/u-of-l-basketball-clear-no-1-in-this.html

The University of Louisville men’s basketball team currently is ranked No. 2 in the nation in the Associated Press poll.

But there’s one list where the Cardinals program now ranks as the clear No. 1 — in revenue.

U of L’s men’s basketball program was the top revenue producer in the country with nearly $40.9 million in 2010-11, the most recent years when such figures were available.
– Business First

BUT LIARS FIGURE

green

Blue By []_[] Says:
November 29th, 2012 at 12:56 pm
Louisville Basketball revenue last year was $62 million.
– adcorbett
BIG FAT LIE

http://www.forbes.com/sites/chrissmith/2012/03/12/college-basketballs-most-valuable-teams/

But the major driver behind Louisville’s financial success is contributions to the basketball team, which hit $20 million last year. Only five other teams were able to generate $20 million in total revenue, let alone from a single source. A significant portion of those contributions are tied to luxury seating. College teams don’t sell seat licenses like professional teams, but rather require that fans make a minimum contribution before they can purchase season tickets or luxury seating options.

the effects of Louisville’s KFC Yum! Center, which opened in October 2010. The state-of-the-art waterfront arena rivals many NBA venues

The KFC Yum! Center helped the Cardinals join Kentucky and Syracuse as the three teams that averaged more than 20,000 fans per home game last season. Only four NBA teams managed the same feat last season. The similarity between college and professional basketball is also apparent in ticket prices. Louisville charges $35 per ticket for most home games. It might not sound like a lot, but seven NBA teams had a lower average ticket price last season.
– forbes

UoL AD Tom Jurich says Cards have 7,000 on waiting list for basketball tickets.
– david teel

SUPPLY & DEMAND

green

louisville to the acc ? Says:
November 28th, 2012 at 1:56 pm
Too funny……….

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/A81M9SWCMAAnW-j.jpg

Swofford notes that Louisville “top-rated college basketball market in country.” Jurich – “10 years running.”

Of course to be fair, I imagine that market also includes quite a few Kentucky fans…
– ACCSports

HOOPS HEAVEN

Canetrain

Terrible decision by the ACC, UConn wanted to join as well, their football program might not be as good but their basketball (men and women) is better and they're east coast and a decent enough school academically.

Louisville is in Kentucky and is an abomination academically. #160 in the country.

sickandtired

belichick's comments are hilarious. Nothing but back handed compliments all the way around. Great kicking game? Praising the likes of Spitler and Trusnik on ST is simply laugh out loud funny. The sad part is, I can see Ireland sending a transcript of this interview to Ross to prove to him how talented this team really is.
Pats 42- Fins 20

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