that free throw shooting in this country is PITIFUL. What should a team shoot from the line? I know you aren't going to make all of them, but what is a realistic % ? 70% ? 75% ? Does your team spend adequate time practing FTS ?? I just know many points were left at the line all weekend....Cape Breton shot 4/10 against Calgary...may have cost them the game.
Other random thoughts:
Elliot was fantastic...he was Carletons most consistant player all weekend. Against Sask. he was looking to score right at the start. For not being a 'big' guy, he was agressive and took the ball to the hoop with no fear against a big Sask. team - he was player of the game...I think he had 23 and he can shoot FTS.
Cape Breton - This team won the consolation, but I think they were the third best team, behind Sask & Carleton. They blew a halftime lead against Calgary. Not to sound like a racist - but the African American players on CB seemed to argue EVERY single call...it got tiring after awhile. Just didn't seem to be a lot of chemistry on that team. Other than the home team CB had the most fans...and had a lot of support. And of course another NBer (Jim Charters) coaches them.
Lakehead - won their way in, but I don't know how. They were terrible - but they actually led UBC at halftime. Then to start the second half, UBC went on a 21-0 run. Thats right 21-0. Hopefully we will see two AUS teams next year..
Sask - was really impressive, they deserved to win, their guard play was outstanding, and they shot the ball well. In the first half against Carleton they were 8-17 from behind the arc.
I had floor seats all weekend. I was suprised at how physical they play was, especially away from the ball, you really don't get to see that on TV because they are focusing on the ball. The refs let them play, and I thought they did a good job. You really have to be in great physical shape to play with those boys.
After Calgary & Carleton lost in the Semis - they went out together for a few 'pops' at an establishment. Well, there were 5 UBC players at the same establishment. I doubt it would have made a difference, but if I'm playing for the National Championship the next day - I think the bar can wait 24hrs.
Now the tournament returns to the Metro Center the next two years. Kind of ironic - the three years it was held in Ottawa, Carleton only won once. Dave Smart was happy to 'win to get in' instead of having to use the 'host' spot.
I had a great time - meet some crazy UBC fans - I suggest if you get a chance to go - GO.