Tag:Utah State
Posted on: March 15, 2009 2:11 pm
 

Memphis vs. Utah State: Perception Matters

Both Utah State & Memphis won their conference tournaments so both are in the NCAA Tournament field. The point in posting this is not to down Memphis or to raise up Utah State, but it is to create conversation. Let's break it down:

Memphis:
Record: 30-3
Projected Seed: 2
Longest Winning Streak: 25
Wins vs. Tournament Teams in that Span: 2
Wins over Tournament Teams Overall: Gonzaga, Tennessee, Chattanooga

Utah State:
Record: 29-4
Projected Seed: 10
Longest Winning Streak: 19
Wins vs. Tournament Teams in that Span: 1
Wins over Tournament Teams Overall: Utah

Now once again I am not arguing that Memphis' resume isn't better because it is. My point is both play in weaker conferences where neither were really challenged all year long. Why do we reward Memphis, a team with three wins over NCAA Tournament bound teams, and not reward Utah State with a higher seed? Perception matters folks.

My FINAL bracketology is coming soon!

Category: NCAAB
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: 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)

Posted on: February 2, 2009 7:52 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2009 8:51 pm
 

Bracketbuster games announced!

On February 20-21 the seventh annual bracket buster games will take place on the ESPN family of networks. I have found the list and complied it so that everyone can check it out.

The top matchup has Butler traveling to Davidson in a game that will mean more for NCAA Tournament seeding than NCAA Tournament at large hops. Utah State at St. Marys is just as big, but the Gaels will probably still be without Patty Mills. The biggest potential at large berth games are Northern Iowa-Siena & George Mason-Creighton. The winner of those two games will make a push for an at large berth if they happen to lose in their conference tournaments.

Post what you think below.

Here's the complete list:

Butler (18-1) at Davidson (17-3)
Northern Iowa (15-6) at Siena (17-5)
George Mason (17-6) at Creighton (15-6)
Illinois State (18-4) at Niagara (16-6)
Boise State (14-6) at Portland State (12-7)
Miami OH (12-7) at Evansville (12-7)
Hofstra (13-8) at Fairfield (14-9)
Green Bay (16-5) at Long Beach State (11-9)
Liberty (12-7) at Old Dominion (13-8)
Utah State (20-1) at St Marys (16-3)
Buffalo (14-5) at Vermont (16-6)
Northeastern (15-6) at Wright State (13-9)
North Dakota State (16-5) at Wisconsin-Milwaukee (14-8)

-Daniel Evans
OnlineSportsFanatic.com

 
 
 
 
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