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David McKnight


There is also a "campfire chat" appeal to Coach Kyzyzewski's way of speaking even if you're not at the press conference or watching on television but are just listening to an interview over the radio.

You get the feeling that Coach K is sitting not at a podium but in a circle of friends, talking casually about personal insights about a game or some of the players on each team, something like:

"You know, those guards of theirs can shoot and make the quick pass, so we'd better be quick to react on defense." So it could almost be the team captain talking about a spirited club or intramural competition and not just an exercise in high-profile media scrutiny of big-time college athletics.

Coach K's press conferences have a back yard glow almost akin to the reflective atmosphere of college sophomores mellowing out after a party in the dorm. So even as the years pass by, you feel that if you listen in on Coach K's comments before or after games, you can imagine yourself stepping lightly somewhere along the trail between Ponce de Leon and Peter Pan, as if the game of basketball can make you feel "forever young" or better yet, not having to be a stressed-out "grownup" every hour of the day.

And in a university community like Duke where pressures to "stay on top" are ever-present even if they loom just under the surface of daily academic navigation, this can be a really good thing for folks from surgeons to statisticians.


Mark Gallion from the STL Gamers did a very good job on stats that matter:There are 4 ways to have qliauty at bats. 1 Hit the ball hard, regardless of outcome. All line drives are hard hits. Hard hits also include hard hit groundballs and flyballs that force outfielders to retreat on the ball.2 Draw a walk3 Execute sacrifice, advance the runner to 3rd, get a run home with less that 2 outs, hit & runs, squeeze, etc..4 Any at bat that consumes 6 or more pitches is a qliauty at bat regardless of outcome.A qliauty at bat is worth between .4 and .5 runs. Using the Pythagoreom Expectation, if you want to increase your winning percentage from 50% to 67%, you need to score 1 more run per game. This means your team needs to produce just 2-3 more qliauty at bats per game. Now, that is something that players can focus on and control IF they understand what a qliauty at bat is.

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