March Madness

If you watch college basketball long enough, like most sports, you’ll see a variety of coaches as wide as the Bering Strait.

Some coaches like to shoot first and play defense later.

Some coaches favor a zone and balk at a defense that has man-to-man principles.

Some coaches like to schedule difficult games to provide a challenge early in the season.

Some coaches just drift through the vast college landscape as they hope to stay in the game for just one more season.

Towson head coach Pat Kennedy fits in that last category.

Kennedy, a coach on the rise at Iona and Florida State, hasn’t had a winning season since the 1999-2000 campaign. Think about that. That’s 9 straight years of finishing below .500 in BracketBuster conferences.

Towson enters Saturday’s game against Morgan State with a 9-19 record overall and only four wins in conference play. They only have one win this month and are coming off of a 22-point thumping at home against William & Mary. Towson’s leading scorer averages only 13 points per game and the Tigers have a grand total of zero wins against the top 100 in the latest RPI.

Not all of this falls on Kennedy, of course.

One of the more motivated coaches in the game, Kennedy shows a tremendous amount of enthusiasm from tip to handshake. Since 2004, when he took over the Towson team, Kennedy understands (I imagine) that he’s not exactly playing with pocket kings.

Conventional wisdom suggests that Towson will fire Kennedy at the end of the season. On the other hand, with a handful of weeks to go in the regular season and a chance to make the NCAA Tournament, Kennedy may get a second chance.

March Madness starts early in Baltimore County.

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