Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Welcome to Bracketville---Pitt Should Be #1 Edition

When Duke bested Miami (71-61), they beat the spread by 0.5 points. That makes the 13th time this season the Blue Devils have beat the spread.

Kentucky’s five road losses have been by a total of 17 points.

Over the weekend, Niagara went 0-for-17 from 3-point range in a 61-50 loss to Rider…the second worst Division I performance this season (Ohio went 0-for-18 vs. Kansas). For the season, Niagara is shooting 27.8%.

Pitt has six RPI-Top-25 wins thus far. Texas and Ohio State each have a deuce, while Kansas has one. With an 11-1 record in conference, Pitt is the best team in the best conference. Pitt’s neutral court win over Texas, is arguably the best win of any potential number one seed, besides Texas.

St. John’s has five wins over Top-50 RPI teams, including Duke, Notre Dame and Georgetown.

Over the past five games the Virginia Tech bench is averaging 5.0 points per game.

Jordan Taylor (Wisconsin) is under the radar for no apparent reason…17.7 ppg along with a 4-1 assist to turnover ratio and 4.4 rebounds a game---and he shoots 41% from three-point range.

Cleveland State’s senior, Norris Cole had 41 points, 20 rebounds and nine assists over the weekend vs. Youngstown State; making him the first player since Blake Griffin to get a 40/20 game. This feat is even more remarkable when you notice he’s a 6’2” guard…over-achiever.

Georgetown is on a roll…eight in row in the W column.

Duke and North Carolina are all that’s keeping the ACC from becoming the Pac-10. They combine for seven of the last eight NCAA titles grabbed by the ACC, and 13 of the past 14 ACC tournament titles.

Kentucky leads the nation in signed recruits on the McDonald’s All-American list with four. Duke has three and UNC has a pair. Duke and UNC are the only ACC teams with a McDonald All-American commit.

Duke’s Kyle Singler ha played in 144 consecutive games, a school record…and holds the ACC single- season record for minutes played with 1470.

Is it too late to go back to 64 teams?

Ohio State---what’s not to like? Four guys who make more than 40% of their threes, senior leadership, inside presence, a scoring wing and a solid point guard. Aaron Craft’s length-of-the-court-sprint last night to grab an over and back loose ball and score, was the best hustle play I have seen this season.

Idle thought: Often the ESPN or regional network’s cameras scan the seats at mid-major or small conference games, revealing lots of empty seats. If students and locals (who ought to have an interest), don’t bother showing up, why would anyone else have a desire to catch the game on TV?

On the other hand, when similar mid-majors and small conference teams play with a packed house, you feel the same excitement that is generated at Cameron, Kohl Field House, The Pit, Rupp Arena or Phog Allen. Just shows the mids can as major league as the BCS Conferences.

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