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Colorado State's coaching search began when head coach Tim Miles left to take over Nebraska. Now it appears that they've found their man - Ernie Kent.

Kent most recently coached at Oregon, where he turned around the Ducks but wasn't able to sustain the success. He led Oregon to three NCAA tournament appearances in his first six years, but only two over the final seven. Prior to that, he coached at Saint Mary's. There, he took over a bad team, and led them to a conference title and the NCAA tourney in his sixth season.

As an assistant coach, one of his stops was Colorado State.

The 57-year old is a west coast veteran with roots and recruiting connections in Illinois, but what about his style? What should fans of the Rams expect to see?

As usual, it begins with tempo. Tim Miles' clubs weren't blazers, but they were typically around - or just above - the NCAA average in possessions per game. Here are Miles and Kent's tempo since advanced stats became available:

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 Tim Miles 66.7 68.7 65.6 67.5 67.6 67.2 64.5 Ernie Kent 73.1 68.7 67.4 64.9 66.9 67.3 69.1 67.2

The two are comparable. Kent had the outlier in 2003 when he ran one of the fastest teams in the nation, but otherwise, has comfortably been in the middle of the pack.

Colorado State fans should expect a similar tempo as they've been used to. What about the results? Did one coach focus more or less on a particular end of the court?

Offensively, here's what the two coaches have done. This is their national rank (among ~345 Division I teams) over that same time span.

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 Tim Miles 169 102 189 102 198 90 53 Ernie Kent 33 48 92 22 8 6 145 135

It took Tim Miles six years to crack a top-100 offense, and he peaked this season at 53rd. Kent, meanwhile, had consecutive top-10 offenses before his teams imploded leading to his ouster at Oregon. In three of four years prior to those elite offenses, Oregon was top-50. Comparing Oregon vs Colorado State isn't a straight one-to-one comparison, as it's easier to recruit at Oregon, but still, the difference is significant.

Defensively, there's not much of a discrepancy.

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 Tim Miles 194 146 294 272 99 82 174 Ernie Kent 45 120 104 94 51 131 180 130

Kent had a couple of defenses which hovered around 50th, but otherwise was less than impressive. Both coaches are offensive minded.

So, how do they get it done on offense? This is where we see a real divergence in styles. Teams under Coach Miles rarely attempted threes. Not the same for Kent. Their national ranks in % of shots coming from beyond the arc:

2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 Tim Miles 249 335 171 208 219 163 263 Ernie Kent 61 17 126 73 29 56 63 261

Aside from Kent's final year at Oregon, his teams put up shots. Only one other season were they not in the top-75.

The verdict? If I'm a Ram, I'm pretty happy with this hire. It's not a homerun, but it's very solid. Kent has connections built on his 25 years in the game. He's proven that he can win. He runs a solid, fun-to-watch system. And all of the pieces are in place that he should be successful in his first season. If not? Then commence to worrying.

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