College hoops no match for the NBA

College hoops no match for the NBA

There are 36 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Apr 4, 2009, titled College hoops no match for the NBA. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

I 'm going to let you in on a little secret about yourself. You do not really love college basketball.

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Bball fan

New York, NY

#22 Apr 6, 2009
I think most people here are missing the point. Mike is saying those who find college basket ball more exciting do so because of all the excitement and underlying stories around it, not because of the game itself. But if you want to look at the games themselves, the NBA game is way better. The NBA players are much more talented and they are much smarter. David Thrope (not me) said "college players play way too fast and think too slow!". And who are these players you are watching in the NBA that don't care about winning and don't work hard? certainly there are a few bad apples, but the average NBA player is 10X stronger and more athletic than the average college player and that only comes with hard work. And if you actually watch the NBA game, you'll see that most of these guys care about winning.

United States

#23 Apr 6, 2009
Another part of College Basketball that the NBA is missing: the shadiness. All of the players drive nice cars because they can afford them.

Defense in college basketball is not better, there are the same disinterested players in both. In the NBA, you can't cover it up quite as much with zone defenses or match-ups with non-offensive threats.

As far as game intensity. The NBA regular season might be too long, 82 games is pretty tough- especially with the longer games. Even so, there are plenty of NBA players who never mail in a game.

I never realized the depth of the NBA game until I started following the game closer. I really recommend following ESPN's Truehoop network of blogs so you can see what you have been missing.

BTW I went to UK, so I understand where the college side is coming from.

New York, NY

#24 Apr 6, 2009

I agree with everything you wrote. No objective basketball fan can confuse the superior talent and skills in the NBA with the erratic poor decision making seen in college. If you watched that Pitt-Nova game, take a look at the last 30 seconds of hte game, Pitt takes a contested 3 pointer with 3 guys in his face with 30 seconds to go, Nova chucks a full court pass and turns it over with 10 seconds left and then Pitt is caught ball watching as Nova goes coast to coast and wins the game, horrible decision making, shooting and defense, but many college fans would call it a classic...NBA all the way for best basketball
John Croll

New York, NY

#25 Apr 6, 2009
You owe me five bucks.

New York, NY

#26 Apr 6, 2009
Good article, but the writer obviously never played organized basketball, and if he did, he was bad.

I mean I watch NCAA whenever I can because it's pretty entertaining to watch a good man-to-man defense and players actually making moves in the post, not just lazy dropsteps.

Winter Park, FL

#27 Apr 6, 2009
In college hoops, I agree that there can be major mismatches in talent and rosters between different teams. So why does a team like George Mason defeat a UConn team loaded with future NBA players to advance to the Final 4? Why does a team like Davidson defeat a talent loaded team like Georgetown?

In college sports, there is a greater emphasis on coaching your players. In pro sports, there is a greater emphasis on managing your players. In college, you still have many players who are learning the game as well as growing physically.

If the NBA playoff season didn't last so long and only the better teams advanced, it would make for a better overall season. However, a long NBA playoff season with numerous teams allows them to collect extra revenues from increased ticket sale prices.


#28 Apr 6, 2009
If I could palm the ball at will and take a step before I had to dribble, I'd me more exciting, too.

And if I was allowed to not play defense except in the playoffs? Wow!


#29 Apr 6, 2009
If I were allowed to palm the ball at will, take a step and a half before dribbling and not play defense until the playoffs, I think I could be more exciting, too.


#30 Apr 6, 2009
Sorry. Stupid thing took forever to post the first comment. Didn't think it was, so I did another one. Still think I'm right.

Bedford, TX

#31 Apr 6, 2009
I happen to love the college game, for the very reasons you mention. but please realize that because of the difference in the time of the game 40 vs 48 minutes; a college team scoring 80 pts ( 2pts per minute is the equiv. of 96 pts in the pro game. It seems to me i recall the Pistons regularly scoring less than that and still winning consistently a few years back. The problem with the pros, although talented they are still BORING>

Melbourne, FL

#32 Apr 7, 2009

Your'e right that the NBA has the cream of the crop. The best basketball players there are. Unfortunately, They will tank it. They'll fight with (or even strangle) their coaches because what's he going to do, bench the money man, the star who will bring in the fans? But true basketball is in the college ranks. The efforts are genuine. They play fundanental basketball bringing the true nature of the game out without travelling half the length of the court for a non-contested dunk. And they actually play defense in college, something I'm not sure is too prevalent in the NBA. It's "You score, then I'll score, make a show of it and collect our gazilions of dollars". That's not entertaining, that's being pandered to, and the ticket prices are not worth that.

New York, NY

#34 Apr 7, 2009
Something else that is drastically different between college and pro basketball......the officiating. At the pro level the refs are horrible and make calls for the stars and are almost stars themselves. I would like the game officiated by the rules like college basketball is. NBA officials are ridiculous and the worst of all the pro sports. The game should be called the way the rules say regardless of athletes reputations or star quality. Otherwise change the freaking rules. College definitely has the upper hand in this category. It's not even close.

Chestnut Hill, MA

#35 Apr 8, 2009
It's not the quality of the play, but the passion and intensity. The NBA is purely a job for 85% of the players and it shows: most seem lazy and uninspired.

Coupled with the drawn out season and the horrendous environment to watch a game, the NBA is both underwhelming and college basketball's inferior.

Delmar, NY

#36 Apr 19, 2009
Amen, i couldn't have said it better, the aura of college is always liek this not just in basketball but football too, it's not's atrocious to watch really.

Delmar, NY

#37 Apr 19, 2009
nba players don't try? ok i guess you can say some don't try but that happens in any professional sports and i've seen it in college when players give up on a play too........and you know what happens to those who don't try in pros? they quickly find themselves unemployed-look at glen travis taylor and other players. he lasted a few years and never worked out that much and he retired after a few seasons.

Delmar, NY

#38 Apr 19, 2009
NBA is boring wrote:
Sorry Bianchi, but you are way off on this one. The reason scores are lower is because they actually have to play defense for forty minutes because the coach is in charge. You can watch five minutes of an NBA game without ever seeing someone really get into a defensive stance. They are just going through the motions and counting the minutes until they get to the local Gentlemen's club. Basketball All Star games are always high scoring, do you think that is even better basketball?
um are you serious? you have no idea what you're talking there is terrible defense in comparison, it just seems like its good because they're waving their hands and stuff.....but read the article on yahoo or really watch nba.....defense is embarassing in college (if you understand defense that is).

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