Wednesday, March 25, 2009

2009 NCAA Tournament--Rebounds

A win is a win…especially during a one and done tournament.

Every team that was ranked #1 this season is in the Sweet 16 except for Wake Forest. (Wake’s roll over and die show against Cleveland State looks worse and worse).

If there is one bracket I do not care about…it’s the one put together by the teleprompter-in-chief.

No coach has won national titles at two schools. Rick Pitino has that chance this year.

March Madness On Demand (MMOD) is just about the most brilliant Internet-based sports programming the free world has known. Kudus to the NCAA and CBS.

ESPN blew it by not offering a similar venue for the Women’s NCAA Tournament. The fan base for the women’s game is far more regional than it is for the men. If your team is not the feature game on ESPN, chances are…you’re not watching, unless they are playing U-Conn.

Count on Xavier giving Pitt a helluva game.

Len Elmore continues his evolution into college basketball’s version of Joe Morgan.

Eleven of the Sweet 16 teams have at least one McDonald’s All American. Of the 62 McDonald All-Americans remaining in college (and not red shirts), 29 are in the Sweet 16.

UNC with eight and Duke with seven have over half of that group.

Michigan State, Missouri, Pitt, Purdue and Xavier are the five teams without a McDonald’s All-American.

Just how difficult was the amazing run to the Final Four made by George Mason in 2006? They were an 11 seed…they had to beat a 6 seed, a 3, a 7 and a 1. According to a Bill James formula, the odds were 294-1.

On their way to the National Championship last year, Kansas beat a 16 seed, an 8, a 12, and a 10 to get to the Final Four.

Gonzaga is dangerous since they always have five players on the floor who can make jump shots…including 6’11” forwards Josh Heytvelt and Austin Daye.

Not only is Coach K the winningest coach in NCAA Tournament (71-21)…he leads in games coached as well with 93. Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim leads in number of tournament entered at 26.

Thus far, Duke has made more free throws (641) than their opponents have taken (624).

Over the past ten games, UNC’s opponent’s leading scorer has exceeded his ppg by an average of 5.1 against the Carolina defense.

In the past 11 games, Duke’s opponents are connecting on 47.9% of their attempts from the field.

Villanova is 8-6 against teams that made the NCAA Tournament…but 2-5 in games played away from Philly.

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