Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Welcome to Bracketville---Conference Tournaments Are In Action Edition

Tonight’s UConn/Notre Dame game for the Big East’s Women’s Championship is about as good as it gets.

The ACC’s regular-season attendance declined for the fourth consecutive year in 2011-12, with the average home crowd falling to 9,632.

That’s a modest 2.4-percent dip from last season. In many cases, crowds were much smaller than the tickets-sold numbers schools released to save face.

Moreover, attendance has dropped 13.8 percent from 2005-06, the ACC’s first season with its current 12 teams.

Duke’s Ryan Kelly will miss this weekend's ACC Tournament in Atlanta after suffering a right foot sprain on Tuesday during practice. The Blue Devils’ post season could easily become 1-2 with a loss in the second round of the NCAA’s. With neither Kelly nor Josh Hairston available, Virginia Tech should now be able to handle Duke on Friday night.

With UConn’s win today, Coach Calhoun's 34th career win the Big East tournament, passed Georgetown's John Thompson for sole possession of second place behind the 46 of Syracuse's Jim Boeheim.

I am quite happy that Belmont, the favorite in the Atlantic Sun, rallied from a 13-point deficit in the conference tournament final to secure its second automatic bid in a row and fifth since 2006. It was the Bruins' last run in the Atlantic Sun. Next season Belmont joins the Ohio Valley. I am a huge fan of Coach Byrd.

I am looking forward to seeing St. Mary’s Matthew Dellavedova in the tournament.

One more thing: I installed the “watch ESPN” app to my iPad…and it’s a smash. I watched the end of Pitt’s victory over St. John’s at Starbucks and it worked like a charm. Along with the NCAA March Madness app, you can be portable for the Conference Tournaments and the NCAA Tournament. Both apps are freebies, so the price is right.

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