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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

There's no place like home

There was yet another Freep column today about which building BU should play basketball inside of. The Hot Dog has established in the past that he is strictly in favor of Case Gym as the home for BU basketball. The guy who wrote yesterday's article, known to Freep.com readers only as "MEYER," is in favor of playing our home games at Harry Agganis Arena. I thought I'd weigh in.

First, the Hot Dog's case for Case stems mostly from the performance of the current and recent teams, in terms of winning percentage and shooting percentage. The reality is, those things are going to correct themselves back to the mean in time. There is no Agganis Curse, as Coach Wolff rightfully insists and I'm sure the HD knows this. But Hot Dog makes good points about practice time and comfort level on the Agganis floor that are valid - but I think those are things that will improve on their own over time as well. The Terriers won their fifth game at The Greek this year, and looked more comfortable than I have ever seen them play there in their win over Albany. They play the last game of the season there against Hartford, and I'm predicting the comfort level will continue to improve with each game.

I disagree with MEYER's original complaint that BU's "big deal" of a Bracketbuster game should have been played at Agganis; it would have been a big deal if it were a real Bracketbuster on TV, but it wasn't... and if we had gotten a TV game, I believe it would have been held at The Greek. But he/she makes good points about many teams having separate practice facilities, about The Roof being the smallest AE facility BY FAR, and about impressing recruits with our nice new arena.

Look, we are not filling up either gym. Attendance at Case is probably hovering somewhere around the 500 mark. While it's only marginally better at Agganis, it looks bad no matter where we play. Might as well give the fans a thrill by being lonely in a big-time arena.

And about the fans. Many fans are attached to The Roof, including me. They say it sounds louder in there because every is closer to the action. But they said the same thing when the hockey team moved from Walter Brown Arena to Agganis. And they were right to an extent, but I don't think anybody is complaining about it any more.

The bottom line is that if we have an A+ facility on campus, we should use it. Playing there more often should alleviate the comfort concerns of the players, and playing some lesser opponents there should get that winning percentage back on the right track. As far as attendance is concerned, it sucks right now no matter where we play. The only thing that can fix that is winning. And that has little to do with where we play the games.

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At 2:37 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

As long as Dennis Wolff is BU's coach, it doesn't matter where they play. They could play home games in a phone booth.
Wolff's Dogs are going to play a boring, listless offense that excites no one, generates little interest beyond the hard core and settles for obscure mediocrity when the program should be oh so much more.
A better leader, a more exciting offense, a stronger marking effort, more attractive opponents and a first class facility like Agganis could give BU a higher profile program that generates interest, excitement, media attention and even real ticket sales. Plus so many good players would be less-likely to flee the school, driven away by the Big Bad Wolff.
You know it all makes sense.

At 1:20 PM, Blogger the High Roller said...

As long as Dennis Wolff is BU's coach, we will continue to get comments on our blog. This post had nothing to with Wolff and you still feel the need to bash him? At this point, I hope we get rid of him just so I don't have to hear about it anymore.

And I think Tall-boy is right, we have an amazing facility, we might as well use it. The more we use it, the better we will get at playing there.

At 2:58 PM, Blogger The Hot Dog said...

If BU wins the conference I don't know where the Wolff haters will go! I'm sure there will still be complaints - imagine if they get the the tournament, I'm sure the anti-Wolffs will bash him on what is sure to be a first round tournament blow out. OH WELL.

I guess I agree Tall-Boy. No matter where they play there won't be attendance, so might as well play in the place with a video scoreboard.

At 10:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

". . .imagine if they get the the tournament, I'm sure the anti-Wolffs will bash him on what is sure to be a first round tournament blow out."

If there is another first round blowout, he will be bashed because the program will not have made any progress during his tenure.

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