Friday, February 21, 2014

Welcome to Bracketville---2-21-14 Edition

The best recruiting tactic: get kids who are good enough to win, but not quite good enough to leave.
A Kansas-Wichita State regional final in Indy would be Must See TV…would it not?
Can you believe the idea of expanding the tournament to 96 teams was seriously discussed once upon a time?
Michigan State has not won back-to-back games in nearly a month.
Stephen F. Austin hasn't lost since Nov. 23 and they rank 14th in the country in scoring margin.
Wichita State has just two wins against teams ranked in the top 50 of the RPI. There are bubble teams with more wins than that. Something to consider in March.
Illinois has lost 10 of last 11… Florida State has lost seven of their last 10.
Indiana freshman Devin Davis has 190 minutes on the floor…still seeking his first assist.
Top-50 RPI victory leaders: Kansas (10), Syracuse and Arizona (8), Iowa State (7).
Baylor has won three in a row…UNC has won eight consecutive ACC games.
In its victory over The Citadel, Davidson had five players with at least 13 points.
NC Central has won 12 in a row and leads the MEAC with an 11-1 record. They could meet Duke in the first or second round.
Grambling picked up its first road win of the season---and in nearly two years over Prairie View A&M.
Florida’s Casey Prather is averaging 16 ppg this year…up from 6.2 last season.
Prather has more free throw attempts this season than his total for his first three years.
Florida has outscored their last seven opponents by an average of 13 points in the second half.
San Diego State was left out of the preseason ratings…same for Villanova.
Pitt’s best win: Stanford on a neutral court.
In their second win over Villanova, Creighton got 39-points from Doug McDermott and 39 from the bench. Villanova has just three losses…each loss has been follow by an overtime game.
Duke’s Jabari Parker leads the ACC with ten double-doubles.
Duke or UNC {or both} has finished within a game of first place in the ACC for 29 of the past 32 seasons.
After humiliating Duke, UNC became the first team in history to get wins vs. the preseason #1, #2, #3 and #4teams.
Cincinnati and Michigan State have each had a 64-rebound game this season.
Louisville has won their 11 AAC games by an average of 23.6 points.
The last time Virginia started 13-1 in the ACC was 1980-81.
UNLV has won six of their last seven.
Providence’s Bryce Cotton averages 39.3 minutes per game---most in the nation.
Louisville has a better record this year {21-4} than last year at this point [20-5].
Louisville leads the nation with a 21.3 point margin of victory…the highest since Duke’s 24.7 in 1999.
Six of the last 15 national leaders in scoring margin won the NCAA Tournament.
Two lost in the title game. Five had #1 or #2 seeds, but were upset before the Final Four.
UVA has won six conference road games.
UCLA’s Kyle Anderson averaging 15.4 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 6.8 apg and 1.6 spg, and is shooting 52% from three {up from 21% last season.}
Five St. Louis players scored in double figures in the victory over George Mason.
BC over Syracuse. Never say never. Remember a group of kids who are determined and who believe in themselves can do remarkable things. The Eagle landed!
Boston College had won just one game vs. a D-1 team since November before upsetting Syracuse.
After BC’s dramatic victory, Syracuse went from being one of the two remaining undefeated teams in Division I men's basketball to being the only team ranked in the top 20 of the AP poll with a loss to a school currently rated lower than 150 in the RPI.
St. Louis and Florida have won 18 in a row…UVA at 10 in a row.
Creighton’s 3-point shooting [43.3%] is better than ten teams’ 2-point rate, and better than 71 teams’ overall field goal percentage.
Six teams currently have winning streaks of ten or more.
Unbeaten D-1 teams: Wichita State…UConn and Notre Dame women’s teams.

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