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Subject: Is Berube The Next Tierney?

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Date Posted: 11:15:16 11/29/21 Mon
In reply to: Penn Nation 's message, "Ivy Basketball" on 11:55:14 11/26/21 Fri

Bengali loves big people. And he worries that the Princeton women doesn't have enough quality big people. HDallmar says, don't worry about his Princeton women because defense wins.

I'm looking forward to this season to see if the Princeton women can continue to post the same ridiculous numbers defensively as they did last year, holding teams to season-low shooting percentages and sometimes scoring single digits in a quarter, occasionally a half.

Last year might have been an aberration because Alarie was back there to clean up mistakes. Hard to judge team defense when offenses know that the interior is closed off to them. So far this young season, Princeton seems to be on track for similar numbers ex-Alarie.

This comment might be premature, but I want to be the first to raise the possibility, like Henry Blodget putting a $600 price target on Amazon in 1999. Like Blodget, I want to make the call first, even if it's early.

In my opinion, the greatest defensive coach in Ivy League history is Bill Tierney. He literally changed the way teams play defense in his sport. Carla Berube's teams are putting up Tierney-like numbers without Alarie. If Berube keeps it up, she has a chance to join Tierney in rarefied air.

And it's more difficult to create genuinely new defenses in basketball for the simple reason that there are fewer players. There are fewer players on a team and that means fewer variables, fewer buttons to push, fewer opportunities to try something that nobody else has done.

If I were Mitch Henderson, I'd have my team watch the women practice. A lot.

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Date Posted: 12:47:18 11/29/21 Mon

Will be interesting to see whether Berube leaves Princeton when the UConn jobs opens up, her alma mater, or when the Stanford job becomes available.

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Date Posted: 13:24:11 11/29/21 Mon

Now **YOU'RE** jumping the gun, calling for Amazon $5000.

Let's wait for Berube to win her second Ivy title first. I think she will and I think, based on only a few data points (can't trust any season with Alarie in it), that Berube is that good, but she is still only a second-year Division I coach. Stanford would have its pick of any coach in the country besides the top, say, ten. Not sure that Berube would climb into that echelon even with success at Old Nassau.

Obviously, she is a "legacy" at UConn, but women's basketball at UConn is a business, even more so than it is at South Carolina or Notre Dame. The only comp on the women's side was Tennessee under Summitt. UConn doesn't just win under Auriemma; they fill seats. It's a whole different calculus. I don't think that legacy status will count for much when it comes down to a business decision.

They've taken it down now, but I still recall the 5'x 6' mural that used to be posted on the wall at my casino. Auriemma is beaming after his first national championship, still unaware of the greatness which lay in his future. His women surround him with expressions of joy. Women assistants, women coaches, women trainers. He's the only male in the picture. And there in the corner, almost invisible, is a very fetching 18-year-old freshman guard who had just hit the two free throws necessary to win the title. Beautiful picture, beautiful young woman.

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Date Posted: 13:35:49 11/29/21 Mon

Next Tierney? I would wait awhile to see how things develop, this year and the next few at least.

I would think Shea Ralph would be a leading candidate for UCONN.

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