first_imgDETROIT — For Syracuse 42nd-year head coach Jim Boeheim, timeouts seem to be getting longer and longer. But he’s keeping his words to a minimum.“I think if they get one thing that you say, you had a good timeout,” Boeheim said on Saturday afternoon. “There’s many times that we put one thing in and we’re coming out of the huddle and I see one guy going, ‘What play are we running?’ If you take a timeout, you’re just trying to sit them down and get them on track.”Across college basketball, timeouts are a precious commodity. Each team has only four per regulation, in addition to the four media timeouts per half. In the spotlight of the NCAA Tournament, how teams utilize the precious minutes between game action helps dictate who goes home and who dances on. On Friday night, the 11th-seeded Orange (23-13, 8-10 Atlantic Coast) face No. 2 seed Duke (28-7, 13-5) in Omaha, Nebraska, in the Sweet Sixteen. The two winningest coaches in Division I men’s hoops, Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski and Syracuse’s Boeheim, will go head to head. And the coach who better spends his timeouts may very will come out on top.Sometimes, timeouts are a stop-the-bleeding mechanism. Other times, they are more purposeful, such as late in tight games or at the end of the first half. Coaches, Boeheim included, often call timeouts before the half to design a last-shot play. All coaches diagram plays and demand that timeouts be run with precision, because they realize their effectiveness.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThere may be no more choreographed element of a college basketball game than the timeout. Student managers react like a NASCAR pit crew to set up chairs and distribute water bottles and towels. Director of basketball operations Kip Wellman tracks a number of stats from the previous four minutes of play, and he informs Boeheim of foul trouble, game trends and opponent tendencies during the stoppage. Before games, Wellman also studies film solely on opponent in-bounds plays and relays to Boeheim whatever trends he notices.“I never used to believe timeouts really helped that much,” Boeheim said. “But I think I’ve learned over the years, I think sometimes it does help. Coach (John) Wooden used to say whoever takes the first timeout is going to lose the game. I’m not sure that’s really true, but he was pretty smart.”Alexandra Moreo | Senior Staff PhotographerVillanova, the 2016 National Champions, has managers form a wall behind the bench to block out fans. Other teams increasingly take chairs onto the court for players while the coach kneels.Syracuse leaves the chairs and the players on the sideline. There is no order for where they sit, junior center Paschal Chukwu said, as long as the five players in the game are seated. A towel may hang over their shoulder and a bottle of water clenched in their hand.The head manager, senior Ricky Pasternak, hands Boeheim a clipboard and a marker as Boeheim sits. The rest of the team huddles around him, giving Boeheim their fullest attention.Timeouts mainly serve for Boeheim to dish out pointers. Assistant coaches may grab a player 15 or 20 seconds before play resumes and give them some feedback, SU associate head coach Adrian Autry said. When timeouts end, managers grab the bottles, stools and clipboard, and they stow them away. Until the next timeout.Late last month, Chukwu made a “bad mistake,” Boeheim said, that hurt Syracuse in an upset try against then-No. 10 North Carolina. With 32.6 seconds left, Syracuse came out of its timeout down two points with a chance to tie or take the lead. The Orange in-bounded to junior point guard Frank Howard and Chukwu set a high ball-screen instead of the down-screen that Boeheim had called in the timeout.“Coach drew up a play,” Chukwu said after the game, “and I thought it was a different play.”That’s exactly why Boeheim tries to keep things simple. He may call a timeout to slow down the opponent’s momentum, alter an intricacy in the 2-3 zone, draw up a specific play or give his thin lineup rest without substituting. Boeheim has also called timeouts this season to “ice” an opponent’s free-throw shooter near the end of the game and to implement a full-court press. But regardless of the situation, the message is to the point.“Wherever there’s space, that’s where we go,” Chukwu said. “It gets crowded. It’s all about Boeheim, he tells you what you did wrong, how you can correct it. Players can voice out what they see. It’s all about having a conversation.”Kevin Camelo | Digital Design EditorIn 2015, the NCAA reduced the number of timeouts from five to four, with no more than three being carried into the second half. There’s a stricter enforcement of resumption of play coming out of all timeouts, and team timeouts with 30 seconds of media timeouts become the scheduled media timeout.Timeouts don’t always come easy. Coaches are required to give referees a visual signal that is usually a “T” sign formed by placing the palm of one hand over the upright fingers of the other left hand. Oral signals are “time” or “timeout.” But in loud, fast-paced games, officials don’t always blow the whistle right away. Boeheim occasionally will walk 10 or 15 feet toward an official, making a “T” with his hands, begging for the thing he once hesitated to call.“I’m sitting there for at least two minutes, not saying anything, because they’re going to get about 30 seconds worth that they’re going to remember,” Boeheim said. “So the other two and a half minutes is just looking around. So they get that rest. That’s very helpful.” Comments Published on March 21, 2018 at 12:06 am Contact Matthew: | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_imgThat has added plenty of juice to the on-court rivals who share the same building, with both talking about championship aspirations. The two teams have never met in a playoff series, but a Christmas Day game could add to the sense of a postseason preview if both teams live up to the hype.For the Clippers, it’s a return to the Christmas schedule for the first time since 2016, when they also played the Lakers.The Lakers faced Golden State on Christmas night last season in Oakland – notably the game in which LeBron James injured his groin, leading to an extended absence. It will be the first time since 2015 that James will play against a team other than the Warriors on Christmas.The Clippers have had the upper hand in the recent history of the rivalry, winning three or more head-to-head games in six of the past seven seasons. The Lakers have the overall advantage in the series, 148-72. Last season, the teams split 2-2 in head-to-head meetings.The Lakers have a 2-1 advantage when the teams play on Christmas. For all the offseason drama they’ve gone through, SoCal’s two NBA teams will be gathered under one roof for the holidays.According to an ESPN report, a Lakers-Clippers tilt at Staples Center is to be one of the games for the NBA’s five-game Christmas Day schedule. Pitting Anthony Davis and LeBron James against Kawhi Leonard and Paul George on a pair of remade rosters, the game should provide insight into the burning question of the summer: Which team is the top contender in L.A.?Both are widely considered frontrunners after compelling offseason moves. After six months of hot-and-cold discussions, the Lakers finally pulled off a trade for Davis and signed a host of veterans around him and James. The Clippers landed the stunner of free agency when Leonard agreed to sign with them after they worked a trade for George.There’s certain to be no love lost between the crosstown rivals. The Lakers were one of the teams Leonard spurned during the process, choosing to try to contend with George for a team that has never won a title instead of forming a superteam on a franchise that has 16 championships. George chose his former team, Oklahoma City, over the Lakers the summer before. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

first_imgThursday, December 27, 2012•1:09 a.m. Officers took a report of a domestic dispute of known suspects in the 1100 block. N. Jefferson, Wellington.•9:12 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 1200 block S. Jefferson, Wellington.•11:16 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of a bicycle in the 300 block. W. 7th, Wellington.•12:06 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of services by unknown suspect in the 1700 block. N. A, Wellington.•3:45 p.m. Officer investigate a criminal trespass in the 400 block S Blaine, Wellington.•4:08 p.m. Officers investigated a theft by an unknown suspect in the 2000 block. E. 16th, Wellington. Wellington Police notes for Wednesday, Dec. 26 and Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012Wednesday, December 26, 2012•5:24 a.m. Angela L. Anderson, 25, Wellington was arrested and charged with driving while license is suspended, expired registration, no proof of insurance, and failure to stop at a stop sign in the 2000 block. E. 16th, Wellington.•11 a.m. Officers investigated an attempted theft by unknown suspects in the 2000 block E. 16th, Wellington.•On December 25, at 1:15 p.m. Eric R. Page, 43, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for allowing a dog to run at large.•6 p.m. Zachary J. Myers, 24, Wichita, was issued a notice to appear charged with driving while license is suspended and failure to yield right of way.•6:19 p.m. Non-Injury accident at 8th and U.S. 81, Wellington involved vehicles operated by Zachary J. Myers, 24, Wichita, and Randall K. Selk, 55, Wellington.last_img read more

first_imgWellington Police notes for Tuesday, August 27, 2013:•12:00 a.m. Eli E. Schmeidler, 23, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with disobeyed stop sign.•Jason C. Dick, 39, Wellington was served a summons to appear for a charge of theft.•12:37 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to property in the 200 block W. 4th, Wellington by unknown suspect(s).•1:58 p.m. Officers took a report of municipal license violation of known subject in the 1500 block N. Blaine, Wellington.•Robert J. Kimzey, 19, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for no liability insurance.•9:52 p.m. Officers investigated a theft in the 2000 block E. 16th, Wellington.last_img read more