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As we inch closer to this weekend’s Final Four, you will hear many descriptions of the participating teams. You will read all about Florida’s ESPN basketball analyst and former Duke player Jay Bilas looks at the true meaning of toughness in this New York Times bestselling book that features stories. This article recently surfaced by a coach at JSK Athletx. I came across it and thought it was definitely worth posting here. This should be ready.

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You have doubtless heard, countless times, about a coach preaching “toughness” to his team. A team or player needs to be tougher, toughnesd their toughness is being questioned. Are coaches talking about Chuck Norris toughness? Are they referring to Ronnie Lott having his finger amputated so he could play a football game? Or is it Randall “Tex” Cobb taking a bloody beating in the ring but never going down to the canvas?

How does one define toughness in basketball? – Jay Bilas Blog- ESPN

In the Gonzaga-Tennessee game, while the Volunteers were bending toughnses at the waist, 7-foot-5 reserve big man Will Foster dove on the floor for a loose ball, secured the ball and passed bikas out, and Gonzaga got a layup and a foul in transition on the other end. Gonzaga went to overtime and eventually won. Without Foster’s “toughness” play, the Zags go home with a loss. Toughness jy just about being physical.

It is far more than that. Here are some of the toughest players I have seen this year:. Or toughndss least, throw me. At the end of regulation of the Gonzaga-Tennessee game, Matt Bouldin drove the lane and shot a contested layup over Tennessee defenders.

As the ball was going over the cylinder without touching the rim, Tennessee’s Tyler Smith reached through the net and rim. Gonzaga coach Mark Few jumped on the officials and said they should have called goaltending. Really, the issue was not goaltending, but basket interference. I was under the mistaken belief that contact with the rim or net while the ball was in the cylinder was basket interference.

The reason I understood it that way is because that is the way it used to be in the rule tojghness. Well, the rule has changed. According to Rule 4, Section 5, basket interference occurs only when the ball is actually touched in the ring or the cylinder which extends from the ring to the ceilingor if the ring is pulled down and makes contact with the ball before it returns to its original position. It is just an odd quirk in the rules, and if a player grabs jah net and is able to get the ball out without actually touching it, it would be a legal play.


In addition, if a player slaps the backboard and vibrates the ball out of the basket, the only touvhness is for the official to call a technical foul, but not basket interference. I have seen countless times when a defender pulls on the net or puts his hand through the net without touching the ball, and it was called basket interference. But it hasn’t been lately because the rule has changed. The officials, as they most often do, got it right and according to the rule.

The Wildcats are very good defensively, solid on the glass, efficient toughhess and have two bona fide stars in Jodie Meeks and Patrick Patterson. While scratching and clawing to get into the NCAAs is not what Kentucky fans are used to, it speaks well of this group of players that they are fighting and getting better.

Patterson is a horse. He is shooting over 70 percent from the floor and averaging more than jzy points, almost 10 rebounds, just under three assists and two blocks per game, and he is doing it in a crowd.

There isn’t a tougher or more efficient player in the country than Patterson. The point guard is jah and hard to figure out, but Pitino started him in the second half against UNLV on blind faith alone, and started the enigmatic guard against Kentucky.

Pitino’s faith paid off, as Sosa hit the game-winning shot and played his best game in the last two years. toghness

Maybe that will snap him out of his personal slump and get his head up. After North Carolina’s loss, I heard that any team could beat any other team on a given day. But there are not many “given days” against a team like North Carolina. That is only 11 “given bilaz out of Just one unranked team had a “given day” against those Final Four teams. Daye has all the talent in the world, but he needs to learn how to manage himself in a tough game and how to make the easy play in addition to the tough ones.

Going into the Tennessee game, Day had a grand total of 10 offensive rebounds. He had more blocked shots than that. Daye will be very, very good, but he needs to take his time. There is no need to rush this kid to the next level. The Demon Deacons are really young, but there is a ton of length, size, skill and athleticism on that roster.

None of them are shaving, but they are really good. That was not the same team that beat Kansas and Gonzaga. Give the Cardinal credit for a good bounce-back win, but Arizona had very little fight and energy in that one.

Heck, Pitt’s DeJuan Blair averages close to six offensive rebounds. The Big East has four guys averaging double-figure rebounds, and the fifth-leading rebounder in the conference would be leading the Big Ten. But the senior from Canada is getting a reputation for playing on the fringe of dirty, and it is hard to mount a defense for him. Gosselin was tossed from tougness game against NC State for a flagrant and unnecessary foul, and against Duke he delivered a purposeful elbow to Kyle Vilas chest while Singler was setting a screen.


There can be a fine line between tough and dirty, but I fear Gosselin is treading too close to that line. He is too good of a kid and player for that. How it comes and goes remains a mystery no coach or player can solve.

Remember, UT is a relatively new team, with completely new guards. For Tennessee to be the best team in the SEC, the Vols will have to learn to stay in front, make teams shoot over them, and stop gambling and giving opponents so many easy and open shots. They put up more than enough points to win, and are winning games and are in a position to win games against really good teams because they play hard and rebound.

As soon as Tennessee figures out the defense, tohghness Vols will be really good. That’s why I put him as one of my five preseason first team All-Americans. If I had to choose one point guard, it would be him.

He is a winner and a terrific all-around point guard.

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Calathes had 32 points against NC State and is averaging 17 points, four-plus rebounds and just under seven assists per game. I like the way Clemson is playing. Brian Gregory plays 12 guys in a platoon system, and the Flyers are athletic and energetic on defense.

Dayton is holding teams to 35 percent shooting and just 55 points per game. There’s not much offense, but the Flyers are very quick, with a blue-collar toughness to them. Chris Wright is the leading scorer and rebounder and is finally healthy after missing 19 games last season. To help make this website better, to improve and personalize your experience and for advertising purposes, are you happy to accept cookies and other technologies? How does one define toughness in basketball?

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