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    D-III Player’s 138 Point-Game Is A Sham Record And Shouldn’t Be Celebrated By Anyone
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    Jack Taylor, of the Grinnell College Pioneers, scored 138 points in a game last night, against Faith Baptist Bible College. It's a mindblowing number, shattering the old NCAA mark of 113, and it's being trumpeted as one of sports' all-time individual achievements. It is not. It is bullshit. It is just the latest incarnation of Grinnell's decades-old strategy of seeking media attention for records achieved through a complete bastardization of basketball.
    David Arseneault is the man behind the plan. Since becoming Grinnell coach in 1989, Arseneault has focused less on putting together a successful team and more on getting his players' names in the record books. And, not incidentally, selling books and videos touting his innovative "system." At least three separate times a Grinnell player has set the D-III single-game scoring record, and each one has gotten national attention. In 1998, Jeff Clement went for 77 points, and received a story in Sports Illustrated. Last season Griffin Lentsch scored 89 points, and got a feature on ESPN.com. Today, Taylor's 138-point game is everywhere.

    Arseneault describes his system:

    94S + 47 3's + 33%OR + 25SD + 32 TO's = W
    The ‘Formula for Success' has withstood the test of time. Since 1996, whenever the Pioneers have attempted 94 shots, with half of those shots from behind the arc, offensive rebounded 33% of their missed shot attempts, taken 25 more shots than their opponent and forced the opposition into committing 32 turnovers, they have won at nearly a 95% clip.

    But it's much more than just taking a lot of threes, or winning the turnover battle. According to a former Grinnell player who took part in one of those record-setting games, the gameplan is designed from the outset to get a specific player the scoring mark, even at the expense of making a mockery of the game. The player told Deadspin:

    "The strategy was to use a full court press after a made basket, with the caveat that [the player seeking the record] would not cross into the defensive side of the court. So, after our opponents broke our press, we were essentially playing four-on-five, which enabled the other team to take quicker shots and fall into our game plan.

    "The rationale is to essentially trade off a quick two or more attempts at lower probability 3-point shots. Given the high pace required for the system, Grinnell shifts in five players every 30 to 45 seconds. Within each shift there is a primary shooter who will take the bulk of threes (or shots) during the shift."

    This worked to perfection last night, and you can see it in the play-by-play. Grinnell would regularly sub out four players at a time, keeping Taylor on the court to continue chucking up threes—71 attempts from beyond the arc, to be specific. He also rarely bothered getting back on defense, with Grinnell content to let Faith Baptist score a quick two, if they didn't turn the ball over immediately. Taylor finished with just three rebounds, all off his own misses.

    This, then, is how you score 138 points—a defense designed to get the ball back as fast as possible, even if it means letting the other team score. And the entire offense being funneled through one player, at the expense of turning down open shots. Tyler Burns rewatched the entire game, and had a few observations:

    There were a LOT of possessions where Taylor would chuck up a shot, miss, and his teammate would get the rebound wide open under the basket. Instead of putting it back up, he would look for Taylor again and pass it out so he could chuck another three. There were many possessions where this happened three times each. Six three-point attempts in two trips down the court.

    Literally 75% of [Faith Baptist's] points were full court heaves to get it over Grinnell's press, then a wide open layup on the other end. Oh, and David Larsen's "impressive" 70-point effort? Hardly. They were 90% wide open layups. He maybe took a handful of jump shots.

    Wilt Chamberlain's 100 points were also achieved through a concerted effort to get him the ball, but at least it came against NBA competition. Grinnell may as well have been playing against five random guys thrown together at the Y. Faith Baptist Bible College is a school of 330 students, and isn't even in the NCAA. They're not even NAIA. They play in the National Christian College Athletic Association, and Division II of the NCCAA at that.

    Last night's game counted as an exhibition for Faith Baptist, but was somehow a regular season game for Grinnell.

    Why does the level of the opposition matter? Because Arseneault and Grinnell specifically plan their record-breaking games against inferior opponents. Tyler Burns again:

    The announcer actually said that Grinnell will look on their schedule for their weaker opponents and do everything they can to run up the score and break records. This is all within the game plan. One tactic the announcer mentioned was called "The Bomb Squad". If Grinnell's opponent gets into the double bonus, Grinnell will sub in five freshmen players, foul their opponent immediately once the ball is in play, send them to the line, then sub the freshmen players out to put their scorers back in on offense. This takes almost no time off the clock, giving their starters as many offensive possessions as possible.

    Jack Taylor set a record, but it's an empty one. Important records come naturally in the flow of competition, not as some freakshow designed to make SportsCenter. Taylor took 108 shots by himself, the same number as Indiana and Georgetown took last night combined. (They scored 154 points between them.) Taylor shot 49 percent from the field, 38 percent from three. These are the only figures that ought to matter when judging his evening, yet no one will remember anything but his 138 points. Because it's much easier to tout an inflated scoring figure than to actually watch the game, and realize just how empty and artificial the achievement is.
    http://deadspin.com/5962514/d+iii-pl...ated-by-anyone

    This is actually a GOOD explanation of why it shouldn't be taken seriously.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tha Notorious K.I.D. View Post
    http://deadspin.com/5962514/d+iii-pl...ated-by-anyone

    This is actually a GOOD explanation of why it shouldn't be taken seriously.
    So it's ok to celebrate Wilt's hundo but not this 5'10" kid's 138? I get it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonah 2.0 View Post
    138 points in 36 minutes is impressive no matter how you slice it. And from the video I saw on ESPN he hit a good number of shots while being defended. Sometimes by 2-3 people. I'm not taking anything away from the young man.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jay Dash View Post
    I am. 71 3's? Shot less than 50%? How am I supposed to applaud this. It's a complete mockery of the game of basketball. Shouldn't have even been allowed to schedule a team that's literally 4 divisions lower than them. That's like USC playing an NAIA school as a football warmup. Disgusting.
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    just gonna put it in this thread but...
    ESPN's Hannah Storm returns after suffering burns in accident - Sporting News

    nobody told me my wifey hannah got burnt up. she returns to tv tomorrow, i love this cougar. Lost an eye brow eyelashes and half her wig, mane smh.

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    Damn the things i would do to jemele Hill..
    I be feelin like real niggas dont make it to 50 and i be feelin malcom, martin, and pac would defend me!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by eastsida View Post
    Damn the things i would do to jemele Hill..
    That bitch so ugly. She look like Charles Barkley with hair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigPont View Post
    That bitch so ugly. She look like Charles Barkley with hair.
    lol man u crazy as hell!!!
    I be feelin like real niggas dont make it to 50 and i be feelin malcom, martin, and pac would defend me!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by eastsida View Post
    lol man u crazy as hell!!!


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    now dat pic of her is fucked up but everytime i see her on tv she can get it...especially how she was lookin on 1st take yesterday
    I be feelin like real niggas dont make it to 50 and i be feelin malcom, martin, and pac would defend me!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by eastsida View Post
    Damn the things i would do to jemele Hill..
    Yeah, naw breh!
    Go Orlando Magic! Go Tampa Bay Bucs! Go FSU! Go CM Punk!

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    She isn't gorgeous; but she aint uglee either!


    The U > FSU

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    I had a dream I fucked Jemele Hill, didn't sleep for a week after

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pacman904 View Post
    I had a dream I fucked Jemele Hill, didn't sleep for a week after
    What you do? Toss your clothes in a garbage can, set fire to them, turn on the cold water in the shower and just crouch up in a ball?





    Ok, I watched Ace Ventura so sue me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IrishPride View Post
    What you do? Toss your clothes in a garbage can, set fire to them, turn on the cold water in the shower and just crouch up in a ball?





    Ok, I watched Ace Ventura so sue me.
    Lol that's exactly what I did

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    And1 Mixtapes star Alimoe dies, but his legend will live on - NBA - Sporting News

    RIP to one of the coldest street ballers I ever saw play.
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    rip alimoe

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    Quote Originally Posted by dcnugga View Post
    he isn't gorgeous; but he aint uglee either!
    smh.......

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