Tonight's 10 College Basketball Thoughts:
1) Did you really think Wisconsin was done? Really? No way. The Badgers are never out for the count, and tonight they showed that against Illinois. The Badgers still have a lot of work to do, but anyone that doesn't consider them as a bubble team at this point is smoking some crazy stuff. ESPN didn't have the Badgers listed on their bubble watch, which was released this afternoon. I know a 4-6 Big Ten record isn't impressive (by no means) but it does put a team like Wisconsin into consideration for an at large bid.
2) Does anyone other than me realize that Utah State has the most wins in college basketball after their win over New Mexico State on Thursday night? Don't get me wrong, I know that 22 wins while playing a weak OOC and the WAC confererence schedule is pale in comparison to--for instance--what a team like Oklahoma is doing in the Big 12. I know that, so don't leave a comment about it. All I'm saying is that Utah State is still winning basketball games, and that's something most teams can't do consistently regardless of their opponent.
3) Florida State's NCAA Tournament hopes almost took a huge blow tonight, but an encouraging thing happened that hasn't happened to past Seminoles teams. Tonight Florida State came together and rallied past Georgia Tech after trailing by six at halftime. Maybe the culture is changing in Tallahassee.
4) I know I gave Wisconsin the #1 spot tonight in the top 10 (which is meaningless) but to be honest the Badgers win wasn't even the most important win in the Big Ten on Thursday. Instead that honor would go to Michigan, who knocked off Penn State 71-51. The Nittany Lions had been red hot while Michigan has been reeling. Well forget that. Who knows why I went against my gut and picked the hot team to knock off the bubble team in TWO matchups like this tonight. Both went against me.
5) What seeding does Xavier deserve? At 20-2 and in clear control of the A-10 a top four seed is looking likely. Tomorrow I will have more in my bracketology, but it's very interesting to me that the Musketeers get absolutely ZERO national attention despite their great record. It's not like they play in the WAC like previously mentioned Utah State. Winning 20 games in the A-10 is not easy, regardless of the conferences overall strength.
6) Arizona refuses to die. After trailing at halftime at Oregon State the Wildcats made yet another second half comeback and won another Pac 10 game. This one was an unnoticed game tonight on the schedule but it was huge for Arizona. Be very very quiet about it (in the word's of Elmer Fudd) but Arizona is sneaking its way back towards the NCAAs.
7) In my last bracketology I got blasted for having California too high. This crazy conference we call the Pac 10 is now getting even craziesr. Washington is considered a "lock" by most bracketologists but the Huskies lost to California on Thursday night. The Golden Bears should be a top nine seed after the win that improves them to 17-6 overall on the season.
8) Gonzaga took over in the second half against Portland and showed their doubters--if there really is anyone stupid enough to doubt hte Zags at this point--that they are very much for real. Gonzaga is looking like a top five NCAA Tournament seed.
9) Tomorrow I am going to release my bracketology. That's bolded because it's important. A lot of people are waiting on it. The plan is to post it on OSF, link it here, and then post it here. It should be posted midday tomorrow.
10) The picks competition has been very fun so far. I wish everyone would join. Please keep up with your own points if possible. We have so many people involved in the competition that I'm not sure I can continue to do it. I am planning on posting the leaders points if possible.
Here's the Standings After Night 1:
Dantheman4250 POINTS: 80, RECORD: 13-2