College Basketball's Best Coaches
CollegeHoops.net is lucky to have access to some of the best coaches in college basketball. As part of our preseason interview series, we thought it would be appropriate to ask these basketball minds about the best things that their team and college basketball has to offer.
Bobby Lutz: Charlotte
We continue this month long Q&A Series with 11th year Charlotte coach Bobby Lutz, who has led the 49ers to 5 NCAA Tournaments. Coach Lutz was kind enough to take some time out of his busy schedule to answer questions for CollegeHoops.net:
CollegeHoops.net) What will be the best strength of this year's team?
Bobby Lutz) Team speed, quickness and depth. We can play 11 guys. While we do not have a proven star we have excellent pieces and they are unselfish. We're versatile due to this depth, which will allow us to play various lineups and give us the ability to win in up-tempo or halfcourt games.
CHN) Close game, with a few seconds left, who will be your go-to guy in these situations?
BL) Based on this year's team it might vary game to game. Hopefully someone (or two) will emerge but it is too early to tell. Best bet at this point is Lamont Mack or Charlie Coley-our 2 seniors.
CHN) Who is the best leader on this year's squad?
BL) Best leaders are Dijuan Harris, Ian Andersen, and Lamont Mack. All lead by work ethic and also have naturally enthusiastic personalities. They are very verbal and positive leaders in everything we do on and off the court. Other players respect them because they know that these 3 are unselfish and always put the team first.
CHN) What's the best change you've made in your coaching style in recent seasons?
BL) Yell less, demand more. I continue to try to improve based on our talent and from our basic philosophy which is to dictate tempo through changing defenses and to utilize the 3 point line while attacking the basket.
CHN) If everything goes according to plan, what's the best case scenario this season?
BL) A-10 title is possible but obviously will be difficult. Top 4 league finish and postseason is a minimum goal. NCAA bid is within reach.
To get an early look at the 08-09 version of the Niners, check out the this year's Basketball Madness and Uptown Basketball Tip-Offs:
Basketball Madness - October 23rd (9 pm)
Uptown Basketball Tip-Offs
October 28th – 11am-2pm @ Wachovia Atrium
October 30th – 11am-2pm @ Founder’s Hall