Tag:UAB
Posted on: February 26, 2009 12:07 pm
 

Thursday Picks UAB over Memphis (Trust me)

I cannot wait for the UAB-Memphis game. It's a game I wish I was going to but tickets are sold out. Let me put the magnitude of this rivalry into perspective for those that don't understand. Last time Memphis came to Bartow Arena, where they play tonight, the Tigers left with UAB fans/students trashing them with stuff from the stands. UAB led that entire game but Memphis found a way to win it in the closing seconds. The Tigers have won 54 straight Conference USA games. Any guess who their last loss was to in conference? That's right, UAB. John Calipari spoke about it on ESPN yesterday and referred to it as a war.

"Off the court, we're all OK. On the court, there's no friends between Memphis and UAB."-Robert Vaden. There's nothing like the UAB-Memphis game in Conference USA. If the Blazers want to go dancing then they will win. If Memphis wants a 2 seed then they will win.

But I am going out a on a limb. Matter of fact I will say it right now. The streak ends tonight at Bartow. UAB knocks off Memphis as the students rush the court. And to even to add to it I will put the most confidents possible on it.

6-UAB over Memphis
5-West Virginia over Cincinnati
4-Illinois over Minnesota
3-Michigan over Purdue
2-California over USC
1-Washington over Arizona State

 

Category: NCAAB
Tags: Memphis, Picks, UAB
 
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 19, 2009 12:39 am
Edited on: February 19, 2009 12:44 am
 

CBB Nightly: Your Nightly Hoops Fix

Tonight's 10 college basketball thoughts:

1) Remember when St. Louis only scored 20 points last year in a game? Well if they had played Illinois tonight (who lost by five despite only scoring 33 points) they would've only lost by 13. How about that? How does a potential NCAA Tournament top six seed lose while only scoring 33 points?

2) LSU stormed back to knock off Arkansas tonight. The Tigers are for real if there are any doubters left. They lead the SEC and have played well, despite the lack of national attention the entire conference is getting.

3) UNLV lost AGAIN on Wednesday, this time to Wyoming. Coming in the Cowboys had lost three straight games and were reeling faster than Luke Harangody on a bicycle with a Georgetown bumper sticker. The Rebels are now in big NCAA Tournament trouble. I had them in coming into tonight but that might change when my new bracket comes out.

4) Boise State knocked off Utah State on Saturday, ending the nation's longest winning streak. The Broncos lost by two against Idaho on Wednsday while the Aggies bounced back to destroy Cal State Bakersfield. This just proves how crazy this college basketball season has been (but aren't they all).

5) Northwestern lost three straight games in which they blew leads to Iowa, Illinois, and Michigan before ending their losing streak to Ohio State. Remember the Wildcats are STILL the only team in a BCS league that has never made the NCAA Tournament. If not for those three straight losses the Wildcats would probably be on the good side of the bubble right now.

6) Why does Tennessee keep getting a free pass? After their blowout loss to Ole Miss they've now lost 5 out of 11 and 3 of their last 7 games.  Do wins over Marquette, Florida, Georgetown, and Siena really mean you're a lock? No it doesn't, but for some reason people are giving the Volunteers a free pass into the tournament. Their computer numbers are good, and this is a very talented basketball team but they aren't playing well. Bruce Pearl needs to rally his guys before the home stretch begins.

7) Virginia Tech lost again tonight, blowing another chance to win a game before closing with a tough remaining ACC schedule. I don't see any give me wins in a schedule that includes Florida State (twice), Duke, North Carolina, and Clemson. Don't worry though VT fans, because Miami (FL) is not helping themselves out either. Another loss, this time to FSU, has the Hurricanes at 4-8 in the ACC and playing themselves out of a NCAA Tournament bid.

8) Other teams that missed big chances tonight (not including MIA) include Providence (who lost to Louisville), Notre Dame (who lost to West Virginia), and South Carolina (who lost to Mississippi State). UAB, Utah, and Georgetown are all bubble teams that stay won games they couldn't lose tonight.

9) My new bracketology will be out sometime tomorrow afternoon/tomorrow night. I am sorry it's not out tonight but there's just too much to change/factor in after tonight's lowly peformance by bubble teams.

10) I haven't mentioned this in a while because I figure people will get bored with it, but March Madness on Demand is really awesome. I have been told it's got some new features this year. Sign up here and be ready for when the NCAA Tournament starts (less than a month away). Also be thinking of excuses to get off work ahead of time!

Posted on: January 30, 2009 12:17 am
Edited on: January 30, 2009 1:00 am
 

CBB Nightly: Arizona wins a "must win" game

Chase Budinger and Arizona are not going down without a fight. For everyone that thought Arizona's NCAA Tournament streak was going to quietly end during a mediocre season, well guess again. The Wildcats roller coaster type season continued once again on Thursday night when the Wildcats knocked off #24 Washington.

For a team that has been completely torn about by a couple of crazy losses (UAB & USC included) this was a monster victory. There's a few reasons never to count Arizona out when it comes to NCAA Tournament bids. The main reason is the name on their jerseys (fair or not) and the tradition the Wildcats have. This team is going to be in the running one way or another for the rest of the season. This win (along with an amazing comeback against Houston) put them right back on the bubble.

Arizona Wildcats:
Overall Record:
13-8
Conference Record: 3-5
Best Wins: Gonzaga, Kansas, Houston, San Diego State
RPI: 72*
SOS: 51*

*Denotes that RPI & SOS numbers were calculated before Thursday night, and will be updated early Friday morning. Numbers are via ESPN,com's Realtime RPI .

But the Wildcats weren't the only big winner on Thursday night. Add Washington State (win over Arizona State), Minnesota (over Illinois), Utah State (over Nevada), UCLA (over California), Arkansas (over Alabama), and Clemson (over Virginia Tech).

 


 

Here's my 10 quick thoughts from Thursday night's college basketball action:

  1. It's time to get familiar with Utah State America. The Aggies are going dancing unless they experience a complete collapse down the stretch. They are 20-1 and dominating the WAC.
  2. Arkansas isn't quite done yet either, since the theme of my blog tonight was about Arizona's NCAA Tournament chances. The Razorbacks started 0-4 in SEC play but rebounded with a victory over reeling Alabama (which is in turmoil) at home. It's going to be an uphill battle but it's not impossible with wins over Texas & Oklahoma.
  3. How about the toughness Clemson showed against Virginia Tech? In the past the Tigers likely would've faded when the Hokies lead reached 15 points as the crowds momentum started to really get behind the Hokies. Instead Clemson fought back and got a huge road ACC win.
  4. Dayton is a team that isn't getting enough respect. The Flyers haven't exactly played Georgetown's schedule but when a team is 19-2 you expect them to get a little national attention. Not Dayton. This is a team you might want to start studying for your NCAA Tournament office pools as a potential Cinderella.
  5. Michigan State is the lone Big Ten team I see capable of making a Final Four run, but the Spartans aren't even getting that kind of consideration by most. Winning on the road in the Big Ten is not easy, but Michigan State made it look that way against Iowa.
  6. Anyone remember Siena? The Saints played a tough out of conference schedule to get NCAA Tournament ready. They lost out on all their big chances to get at large bid worthy victories. Since a 5-4 start the Saints haev won 12 of 13 and lead the MAAC with a 11-0 record.
  7. If you haven't seen the ending of the Evansville-Drake game yet you are certainly missing out. The Aces won off of a half court buzzer beater to pull out the victory. The winning shot was nailed by Freshman Kaylon Williams
  8. Anyone want to question who the Pac 10's best team is? I know UCLA isn't playing it's best basketball right now (I have been down on the Bruins this year some as well) but with their win over California, and losses by Arizona State & Washington there isn't much argument left in my eyes.
  9. Gonzaga is officially back on the national stage. The Bulldogs had a rough stretch--like a lot of top teams have--and came from behind to knock off St. Marys after Patty Mills left the game at halftime with a wrist injury. The loss has to hurt for the Gaels, especially since they had Gonzaga down six at halftime. Without Mills they couldn't pull out the win in the second half.
  10. On an unrelated note, if you guys have used March Madness on Demand the last couple of years to get NCAA Tournament games outside of your area then listen up. This year I'm told they have a brand new player set up and it's suppose to be better than ever. It's not ready just yet, but here's the link where you can sign up to get an email notification for when it is.

BRACKETOLOGY UPDATE: I promise to have one completed tomorrow afternoon hopefully. It will either be posted here on this CBS blog (or linked here) or on OSF. Thanks to everyone for being so patient on it. There is going to be a LOT of changes.

-Daniel Evans
OnlineSportsFanatic.com

Posted on: January 28, 2009 11:53 pm
Edited on: January 29, 2009 12:01 am
 

Make Your Case: Which Team is Really #1?

Are Blake Griffin and Oklahoma the nation's best team? Over the next few months you are going to hear a lot of commentary from me, your official NCAA Tournament blogger, so I'd loving nothing more than to get some feedback from you guys. Now that #1 Duke and #3 Pittsburgh lost on Wednesday the conversation about who the nation's best team is has started back up.

The Blue Devils ran into a Wake Forest squad ready to take out revenge on whichever team was next on its schedule, and the Blue Devils just happened to be that team. Duke has been playing exceptional basketball, including a absolute domination of Maryland in Cameron Indoor on Saturday.

But guess who is sneaking back into the #1 picture?

Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons last second win over Duke showed that they aren't going to just fade away after their loss to Virginia Tech last Wednesday night.

Duke's loss brings a lot of teams into the mix though. Oklahoma, Connecticut, and North Carolina are in the mix along with Wake Forest. I can't argue with people that want to still claim Duke or Pittsburgh either.

So what I want from you guys is the answer to a couple of questions.

  • Who should be ranked #1 in the country?
  • Who is actually the best team in the country (in your opinion)?
  • Who is playing the best basketball in the country?

And then I want to know which one of these three things is the most important to you when you create a top 25.

If you want my opinion North Carolina is the best team in the country. Louisville is playing the best basketball but after their win tonight Wake Forest should be ranked #1. Go figure.

 


 

Just a few quick nuggets from tonight's games:

  1. Michigan is not playing well right now, and it's making everyone forget about those two early wins over UCLA & Duke. I've received a lot of criticism for having the Wolverines outside my bracketology, but at 14-7 and losers of four of their last five it's hard to believe Michigan is one of the best 65 teams in the country right now.
  2. Remember the argument about Villanova? You know the one I'm talking about, it's the one where they don't have any big wins. Well scratch that. 
  3. Providence has me dying to do my bracketology right now. The Friars win over Syracuse showed that they can beat good competition and that their 6-2 Big East record...yes 6-2...is no fluke. Syracuse is 5-4 now in Big East play.
  4. Georgetown is in a lot of trouble. Teams that only win 12 of their first 19 games usually aren't even on the bubble. The Hoyas are because they've played the nation's hardest schedule and because they play in the Big East. The Hoyas have now lost four games in row, but they have the computer numbers to fall back on. Don't sleep on Cincinnati (who knocked off Gtown tonight). The Bearcats are 4-4 in Big East play.
  5. What is it about struggling powers right now? Notre Dame, Georgetown (as previously mentioned), Wisconsin, and Tennessee are struggling to find themselves. The Volunteers lost again at home on Wednesday, their fourth home loss this season. LSU picked up a huge win and is even arguably now even/ahead of Tennessee in the SEC pecking order for an at large bid. The Volunteers computer numbers and sheer talent can only count for so much when the NCAA Tournament committee looks at their profile. Next up? Florida with College Gameday in the house.
  6. Remember that this was the year that Memphis was suppose to have some road blocks in Conference USA? Well mark down a 48th consecutive win, this one over East Carolina. I am planning on seeing the Tigers in person when they travel to Bartow Arena to take on UAB in February.
  7. Northern Iowa showed who the real power is in the Missouri Valley conference. It looks like Illinois State was a early season Cinderella that has lost its slipper sometime way before Midnight was suppose to strike.
  8. Ty Lawson should be in the POY race. I have said that before tonight's games, but after his three lifted North Carolina past Florida State tonight at the buzzer I think it proves it. Sure Stephen Curry, Jodie Meeks, Blake Griffin, and Tyler Hansbrough are all great candidates, but so is Lawson.
  9. Jerry Palm might be on to something . If you haven't seen CBS' guru's latest 'Projecting the Field' he has Northwestern in his field. The Wildcats barely escaped tonight against lowly Indiana and although it was close a win is a win. The Wildcats are 3-5 in conference play but they do have some nice wins and pretty good computer numbers. Maybe just maybe they can make their first ever NCAA Tournament, although I'm still not counting on it.
  10. On an unrelated note, if you guys have used March Madness on Demand the last couple of years to get NCAA Tournament games outside of your area then listen up. This year I'm told they have a brand new player set up and it's suppose to be better than ever. It's not ready just yet, but here's the link where you can sign up to get an email notification for when it is.

Just a few quick things I want to add aside from my post. I am considering moving my bracketology here as well, although it will always be on OSF. A new bracket will be available tomorrow night since I did not have time to create one tonight, and I apologize for that.

-Daniel Evans
OnlineSportsFanatic.com

 
 
 
 
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