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Posted on: February 25, 2009 1:49 am
Edited on: February 25, 2009 1:53 am
 

CBB Nightly: 10 Thoughts & Providence's Shocker

1. Providence, 81, #1 Pittsburgh 73: If you saw this coming please raise your hand. Actually stand up, raise both hands, do the macarena, turn yourself around, and take a huge bow. And then go buy yourself something really nice, because you are either the luckiest gambler on earth, a descendent of the great Nostradamus, or you thought Providence was the "p" team with 1 beside its name.

In all seriousness what about what the Friars just did? Not only did they go from afterthought to potential at large berth winnner, but they also shook up the entire national championship picture. Maybe this is what it takes to beat the Panthers. A few hot shooters, a frustrated Dejuan Blair, and an ecstatic crowd. A lot of teams are throwing that formula together right now, and it probably won't work the majority of the time against one of the nation's most phyically gifted teams. Tonight it did though, and for Providence that's all that matters.

Is Providence in my field right now? I honestly can't say for sure since I haven't created my new field after tonight's games just yet, but I do think they are. And I know whar your thinking. Wait a minute Dan this team is 17-11 overall and you are putting them in the NCAA Tournament? Look closer. The Friars now have wins over #1 ranked Pittsburgh, Syracuse, and they swept Cincinnati. That pushes them above the Bearcats in the pecking order and puts them above Georgetown & Notre Dame at this point.

2. LSU is one of the most athletic teams in the country. Laugh when you see the Tigers in your team's bracket on Selection Sunday but be warned. This team is a matchup nightmare. They have the length of Tayshaun Prince everywhere and a player that can absolutely take over any game in a split second, Marcus Thornton.

3. Florida's loss pushes them farther towards the NCAA Tournament bubble. I keep asking for heart from bubble teams and aside from Providence, Maryland, and Arizona I've been let down. The Gators are probably still in at this juncture, but fourth best in the SEC East may not be good enough on Selection Sunday. You are reading it here first, so remember I said this. Do not be surprised if Florida makes a run over the next few games, including a deep SEC Tournament run. Billy Donovan has got the youngesters buying into his system and slowly but surely it will churn out some results.

4. Boston College looks safer and safer as every day goes by. The Eagles now have wins over North Carolina, Duke, and Florida State in ACC play, which should be more than enough to get them into the field barring a collapse. At this point I don't see how anyone can keep them out.

5. BYU put together a tremendous second half comeback against hungry San Diego State. For the Cougars it means the line for dance tickets is getting shorter. The Aztecs are about to get a "sold out" sign unless they do something spectacular or win the Mountain West Tournament.

6. Everybody seems to keep sleeping on Creighton, but don't be surprised if the Blue Jays sneak into the at large field ever so quietly on Selection Sunday if they lose in the Missouri Valley Tournament.  The Blue Jays win over Missouri State pushed their overall record to an impressive 24-6.

7. The Texas A&M-Nebraska finish was the best of the night. Josh Carter hit a three at the buzzer to win the game for the Aggies, and keep alive their slim at large hopes in the process. Texas A&M is now 6-7 in conference play but still in need of big wins.

8. Baylor's hopes of reaching back to back NCAA Tournaments now relies on the Big 12 Tournament. Losing to Iowa State is unacceptable, especially when you barely have a pulse as it is.

9. I can't really say I've done my job unless I mention Ohio State's win over Penn State in tonight's first round of games. The Buckeyes jumped out to a quick lead before allowing the Nittany Lions to come back. Eventually Ohio State pulled away, enlarged its at large chances, and damaged Penn State's NCAA Tournament hopes all in one package.

10. One more thing I don't want to forget to mention is conference tournaments. On March 3rd the Big South & Ohio Valley tournaments start, so stay tuned for coverage of those on this blog. Radford will more than likely be the #1 seed in the Big South while the Ohio Valley race is still up in the air.

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Posted on: February 21, 2009 12:32 am
Edited on: February 21, 2009 10:52 am
 

Dantheman's Pre-Saturday Thoughts

Well guys I've had a very long night. I won't jump into details but I was already pretty down and upset, and this tripled it by about 100. So what do I do when I'm upset and down in the dumps? Talk college basketball to ease my mind.

Here's some pre-Saturday thoughts:

1) I'm posing a question to all bubble teams and it goes something like this: What does making the NCAA Tournament mean to you? At this point we haven't really seen any heart from Florida, Virginia Tech, and UNLV. All three are bubble teams that keep killing their NCAA chances by losing to teams they shouldn't. On Saturday both the Hokies and Rebels have big games that could make or break their at large hopes. Florida has to avoid going to sleep against a Vanderbilt team they've already mopped the floor on once. Is there any way we can see some heart from some bubble teams for once? Anyone have an objection to that? I am still waiting for a bubble team not named Arizona to make a run to the Big Dance. Who wants it? Anyone? I feel like I am yelling out for an answer but all I get is an echo of my own voice. Maybe on Saturday a bubble team will make a big move.

2) Who's the bubble team with the best chance to make that big move? I think its Georgetown. The Hoyas play a Marquette team that really isn't as battle tested as the rest of the Big East powers. Georgetown is really due a big win, but they have to take advantage and win this one to have any at large hopes. The Hoyas are as talented as any NCAA Tournament team that will be that is seeded from 6-16 but they haven't won the games to get there. If they win tomorrow they will be 6-8 in Big East play and probably in most bracketologies (like mine).

3) Will the real Tennessee Volunteers please stand up? I'm ready to see Bruce Pearl's squad play like they actually need to win a game instead of playing like their games are meaningless. On Saturday they take on Kentucky, who is in need a serious morale boost that only a win like one over the Vols can supply. Last time Kentucky played Tennessee Jodie Meeks basically won the game by himself in Knoxville. The key words there are in Knoxville. That means this game is played in Lexington. I have the over/under for Meeks points set at 29.5. What does everyone think? I will go under. Tennessee won't let him beat them again.

4) Bracketbusters will be absolutely everywhere on Saturday. If you don't catch a bracketbuster game tomorrow then you might as well just not be a college basketball fan. Butler-Davidson is the key game but there are many more important ones. Kind of like Illinois State-Niagara and VCU-Nevada. Want to know how good I am at picking bracketbusters? Well I am 0-2 on them and in my picks challenge I lost 41 points tonight since I lost both. I learned a very valuable lesson. In bracketbusters (and in most college basketball) playing at home is key. I already knew that of course, but I must've temporarily forgot it about 3 CT today. Thanks a lot brain.

5) By the way how about the over/under for Stephen Curry's points at 18.5. Why so low? Mainly because we're not even sure how many minutes he is going to play coming off of his ankle injury.

6) Anyone got a big upset on the agenda for tomorrow? Like I stated earlier, I picked Georgetown to knock off Marquette but there's another upset I like that I didn't pick. I had to play this one on the safe side, but I do think Auburn can knock off LSU in Baton Rouge. Very quietly the Tigers (AU) have been sneaking themselves up the SEC West ladder. All of a sudden they are in second and in prime position to knock off very untested LSU.

7) New Mexico is another team getting absolutely zero respect. Sure, the Lobos aren't beating good teams but they are in the middle of the logjam that is known as the Mountain West conference. Their loss to BYU really hurt their at large chances, but winining out in the regular season may still be enough to get them into the field as an at large. Why do I say the Lobos are getting no respect? ESPN's weekly bubble watch was published today and New Mexico, widely known as a contender for an at large, was not even listed.

8) Who is the best team nobody knows about? At this point I'd have to say it's UAB. The Blazers are playing very good basketball right now with their depleted roster. More than likely UAB will have to knock off Memphis in a week to get into the NCAA Tournament. I'm not sure of the exact rules and procedures for selecting bracketbuster teams (although I should, shame on me) but I think it's very weird that the Blazers were not picked to play in one. Maybe Conference USA isn't considered a bracketbuster conference, but I'd think it would be. If UAB makes the Sweet Sixteen this year I doubt more than 5% of the country has that picked. I'd consider that a bracketbuster.

9) Blake Griffin and Oklahoma have not been tested on the road this season, which is something I continue to harp on. Is going to Austin the ultimate road test? Heck no, but at least it's something. I can't wait to see how the Sooners handle the pressure of playing their biggest rival on the national stage tomorrow night.

10) I don't think anyone caught my joke on Luke Harangody in Wednesday night's ten thoughts but I considered it funny anyways. If Harangody wants to play in the NCAA Tournament then the Irish have to start their climb right now. A loss tomorrow sends them to the Big East Tournament in serach of a Big East title, with anything less meaning a NIT bid.

Now I will get back to my bad night. Not only did what I mentioned earlier create a terrible night, but so did my -41 score in today's college basketball picks. I guess that's the great thing about life though isn't it? Wake up and try again tomorrow. I'm out guys.

-Daniel Evans
OnlineSportsFanatic.com

Posted on: February 10, 2009 6:11 pm
Edited on: February 10, 2009 6:13 pm
 

How weak is this year's mid major class?

Doug Gottlieb and Andy Katz just referred to this year's mid major class as one of the weakest ever. I tend to agree. Right now there aren't many mid majors that are fighting for at large bids. Let's check out the ones that are. For this exercise Gonzaga, Memphis, and Xavier are not considered mid majors.

Utah State (23-1, 11-0): I tend to think its ridiculous at how little attention a 23-1 basketball program like Utah State is getting, although I understand why. The Aggies have played the 196th toughest schedule and it's killing any respect that might have earned at this point. At Large Bid Chances: 20%

BYU (17-5, 5-3): The Cougars were playing a lot better when their incredible 50 game home winning streak was still intact. Right now BYU has lost three of six games and is quickly fading in the Mountain West standings.If BYU wants to get into the Big Dance they need to start separating themselves from the rest of the Mountain West bubble teams. At Large Bid Chances: 30%

UNLV (17-6, 5-4): The Rebels have been the most disapointing mid major team this season. A NCAA Tournament bid is still not out of the question but it's going to be a lot harder than it first appeared. Out of conference wins over Arizona and Louisville look great right now, but bad losses to TCU, Colorado State, and New Mexico are killers. At Large Chances: 35%

San Diego State (17-5, 7-2): The Aztecs are one of the most surprising teams in the country right now. Don't get me wrong though, it's not like San Diego State wasn't expected to compete for a NCAA Tournament berth. I just didn't see them ever holding a two game leading over both BYU & UNLV in the Mountain West standings at any point this season. At Large Chances: 35%

Utah Utes (16-7, 7-2): The Utes began their season by losing to Southwest Baptist. That led me to say that this was going to be a very disappointing year for Utah's basketball program. I was wrong. The Utes have a win over Gonzaga and are tied for the Mountain West lead. They also have the #11 RPI and the #13 SOS. That means they are going to the tournament unless something changes. At Large Chances: 60%

Siena Saints (19-6, 13-1): The loss to Rider really hurt Siena's RPI rating but not much since its still the 29th best. The Saints missed out on a lot of chances for big wins early in the year and going almost unscathed in the MAAC does not make up for that, but it does help their push for an at large bid. At Large Chances: 15%

Creighton Bluejays (19-6, 9-4): The Missouri Valley is still looking like a one bid conference but Creighton is trying to change that. The Blue Jays have won four straight games, including a big win over Northern Iowa on Sunday. The computer numbers need to keep improving. At Large Chances: 20%

Northern Iowa Panthers (17-7, 11-2): Northern Iowa won eleven straight games before finally losing to Creighton on Sunday. The loss damages their at large bid hopes but they are still certainly in the running. Right now if they lost in the Missouri Valley Tournament Finals they would be one of the last eight teams on the board. At Large Chances: 10%

Butler Bulldogs (21-2, 12-1): Butler is.....hmmmmm how do I say this.....IN. No doubt about it. Relax Bulldogs fans because you are going to be in the NCAA Tournament unless you lose a LOT of games the rest of the way. Butler is just playing for seeding at this point. At Large Chances: 85%

St. Marys Gaels (19-4, 6-3): The loss of Patty Mills is killing the Gaels. It's possible that even if he returns it will be too late for St. Marys to find their rytyhm and make a run to the NCAA Tournament. That's sad because to me it's very clear that the Gaels are one of the best 34 at large teams available. At Large Chances: 15%

Dayton Flyers (21-3, 7-2): Dayton's loss to Charlotte wasn't very good for their NCAA Tournament chances. Even with the loss winning 21 of 24 games is not too shabby and has them on the good side of the bubble for now. A win over Xavier (two chances left, with one tomorrow) would go a LONG ways towards a possible at large. At Large Chances: 25%

Davidson Wildcats (20-4, 13-1): The Wildcats have last season's Elite Eight run to fall back on, along with one of the best players in the country in Stephen Curry. A lot of people didn't expect them to lose a Socon game this season, but it was coming sooner or later. More than likely Davidson is going to the tournament. At Large Chances: 65%

Others on the Bubble (I'm being EXTREMELY generous in some cases): Northeastern (16-7), VCU (17-7), George Mason (16-7), New Mexico (15-9), North Dakota State (18-5), Portland (15-8), Buffalo (16-5), UAB (16-8), Tulsa (17-7), VMI (20-4), Duquense (15-7)

 
 
 
 
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