Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Welcome to Bracketville---End of Summer Edition

Butler’s 16 NCAA tourney victories since 2000 are more than Pittsburgh, Louisville, Villanova, Georgetown and Ohio State have compiled.

Duke is the smallest school, in terms of enrollment, to win a national championship title since Villanova in 1985.

Nebraska has never won an NCAA Tournament game, has made just six NCAA appearances---the last time in 1998.

Does Virginia Tech Coach Seth Greenberg remind anyone else of Uncle Fenster on “The Munsters?”

Last year's national champion (Connecticut) only had seven players who averaged at least 10 minutes per game.

Belmont returns nine of 11 players from last year’s 30-5 team.

Talk about fearless scheduling…Long Beach State has Pitt, Louisville, Kansas, Xavier and North Carolina included in their non-conference schedule.

Michigan State will become the first team to open with North Carolina and Duke back to back since 1976, when both Wake Forest and NC State were the opponents.

In many ways, the ACC expansion has helped demonstrate the fundamental difference between bigger and better.

When the going gets tough, the tough get going…to another conference.

The ACC/Big Ten Challenge is set for 11/29-11/31 and the SEC/Big East tips 12/1-12/3. That’s some great early season basketball concentrated in a ten-day period.

When North Carolina visits Kentucky on 12/3, it could be a #1 vs. #2 matchup…with about seven first-round draft picks on the floor.

Missouri returns all five of last season’s double-digit scorers.

Conversely, BC is losing all five starters and 83% of their scoring. Good thing they have a seven man recruiting class.

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