Monday, February 24, 2014

Welcome to Bracketville---Florida is #1 Edition

Clarke Kellogg, Jalen Rose, Greg Anthony, Bruce Pearl and Seth Greenburg certainly have not gotten any better at announcing or commentary. They are so pathetic; I feel that my basketball IQ goes down when they come on. They are so bad; it makes me grateful for Doug Gottleib.
Michigan State hasn't won consecutive games in more than a month…will they ever be at full strength?
SMU’s victory at UConn was their first road win vs. a ranked opponent since 2003.
All five Providence starters scored ion double figures in the victory over Butler.
Nebraska has won five in a row…Western Michigan, seven straight.
Pitt has lost five of past seven.
Virginia’s 14-1 record in the ACC is their best since the Ralph Sampson days. UVA could be a two seed.
Stephen F. Austin has won 22 straight…31 in a row at home---same as Duke at home.
Georgetown had just three turnovers in their victory Saturday in their 22-point victory over Xavier…fewest in the JT3 era.
Florida and St. Louis have won 19 consecutive games.
North Dakota State leads the nation in made field goal percentage at 50.4%.
In their 31-point victory over Texas, 16 players took the floor for Kansas.
Louisville has just four losses and has a six game winning streak…10 of last 11. Don’t overlook them in March.
New Mexico has just two losses since December 17th.
Kentucky’s only losses since January 15th are to #1 Florida and LSU.
Duke has not lost back-to-back regular season games since February of 2009.
The 66 points scored by Duke in the victory over Syracuse were the fewest for the Blue Devils in a win this season.
In Saturday’s Duke win over Syracuse, the Orange had two blocks, compared to nine in the first meeting.
Kansas State has lost six in a row on the road.
If they fail to win the WCC Tournament, Gonzaga could miss the NCAA Tournament.
Colorado had won five of their past six, before Arizona showed up and won by 27.
In the 64-team era, just four teams have garnered a #1 seed with fewer than four losses and an average scoring margin below 12 a game. Michigan and St. John’s in 1985, Duke in 1986 and Missouri in 1994.
Wisconsin has won five in a row.
The Badgers have eight RPI-Top-50 wins…only Kansas has more.
Wisconsin has seven wins over ranked teams, as well as 10 victories on road/neutral courts.
Seven teams entered January without a loss. Syracuse is the fifth to follow their initial loss with another. Only Arizona bounced back with a win…and Wichita State’s record remains spotless.
UMass missed all eight attempts from three in the loss to VCU…first time sine March of 2006.
Not so fast: Unbeaten in league play: Florida, Wichita State, St. Louis, Stephen F. Austin.
One more thing: The final ten minutes of the second half in Virginia’s victory over Notre Dame was as dominate as anything I have witnessed this season. UVA’s defense obstructed everything. They made every kind of shot and grabbed boards on both ends. In 8:35, the Cavs went on a 25-0 run, making 10 out of 10 field goal attempts. Remarkable!

Congratulations!!! You made it to the end. Celebrate by watching some college hoops this week.

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