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Trip: Coaching Adjustments and Sideline Stability

Written by joeking show joeking profile

Saturday March 14 2020 01:35:30 PM

Date: from Mar 14, 2020 to Mar 14, 2020

Surf trip description:
The talent on the court determines how many wins and losses a team is going to ultimately end up with. But there are important adjustments taking place on the sidelines that can significantly influence how a team performs, both straight up and against the number.

There have been several changes on the sideline lately with college basketball coaches. A coach leaving a program in mid-season can tell a lot about what is going on with a team. A team could be unhappy and unmotivated, they could tune out what the coach is saying, or a coach could have difficulties off the court that are straining his ability to do his job properly.

Quin Snyder just stepped down at Missouri. The Tigers were in a tailspin, losing 6 straight games (going 0-6 ATS, as well). That's a red flag to sports bettors that something, or a combination of things, is clearly lacking. When a team has problems, they often pack it in on the road, and Missouri fit that bill going 1-7 SU, 2-6 ATS away from home. Missouri has been 2-3 SU, 0-5 as a favorite. Talk about overvalued!

Oklahoma State had a tough week, with longtime coach Eddie Sutton stepping aside for the rest of the season after an embarrassing DUI charge. His son Sean takes over as coach. The Cowboys are on a 1-7 SU, 2-6 ATS run, as well, and just 1-8 SU, 3-6 ATS as a dog. Changing a coach in mid-season can affect a team in very different ways. If a capable assistant steps in, there might be little effect. But usually there is some change, such as a lack of defensive effort, or a team giving up, or one rallying around the coach. With a new coach, the team is most likely to give a better effort at home than on the road.

Indiana is another big name program that has had a late season coaching change, with Mike Davis stepping down. Sports bettors from https://betbubbles.com/ thought the Hoosiers, with their proud tradition and great home court edge, might be one to rally around their head man, as Indiana was a favorite the last two games over Iowa and at Penn State. Alas, the problems run deep with the Hoosiers, losing both games, even 71-68 at Penn State as a 4.5 favorite.

Notice that two Indiana sophomore starters expressed their frustration last week, saying they see no reason to be Hoosiers without Davis as their coach. A third player appears to be thinking similarly.

"Coach Davis is my coach; he's the only reason I'm here," said Robert Vaden. "Hopefully, I can be with him wherever he goes." Vaden is Indiana's second-leading scorer (14.1) and rebounder (5.5). Clearly, this is a fractured, frustrated program right now. And think about this: It's tough enough competing and trying to win in the Big 10, and now these kids have to deal with all these other distractions. Indiana is 1-10 ATS in the Big 10 and 1-5 SU/ATS as a dog.

On a more positive note, coaches will also make adjustments during the season to try and improve their team's play. A handicapper needs to be up on every move and gauge whether the move works or not in relation to the side and the total. Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar tried to shake things up a bit and brought former starter Jamaal Williams of the bench, and the big man gave the team a considerable lift, as he totaled 25 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocked shots in just 42 total minutes of effective work 2 games last week. Keeping up on all kinds of shifts, adjustments and goings-on with coaches (on and off the court) are necessary to try and find edges against the betting number.

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