Monday, March 03, 2014

Welcome to Bracketville---Upset Weekend Edition

Dribble less, pass more, rebound like Hell---that’s my advice to the 68 teams headed to the dance.
The teams that made up last Monday's Top 25 had a combined record of 562-116 on the season—a winning percentage of 82.9%.
In the past seven days, though, they won just 63% of their 46 games.
On Saturday, half the Top-10 lost {first time since January 18, 2003}…four of the next ten lost as well.
Arizona has 10 top-50 RPI wins…and the Pac-12 regular season title.
Going back to the undefeated run, Syracuse hasn't scored more than 61 points in more than a month.
Belmont is the outright champion in the OVC.
21 in a row for Florida…if you’re scoring at home.
Gonzaga is 8-4 against the Top-100.
Clemson’s K.J. McDaniels leads the team in points, rebounds, 3-point goals, blocks and steals. At 6’6” he is the shortest player ever to lead the ACC in blocks.
Southern Miss is 11-5 away from home.
Indiana is 3-8 on the road and have four losses vs. sub-100 teams.
Since opening up at 15-0, Ohio State has gone 7-8. They had 367 games in a row with a three until yesterday’s loss at Indiana.
Maryland has finished under .500 in Conference play in nine of its final 11 ACC seasons.
Iowa had a mere five turnovers and four players score in double figures in their victory over Purdue.
Villanova won its 26th over the weekend…the most in school history.
Vermont wins the American east with a 15-1 record…and lost to Duke by just one point.
Wisconsin won its 7th in a row Sunday.
Four teams are tied for first in Conference USA with one game remaining.
Don’t think that Green Bay will be a pushover---wherever they are seeded.
Virginia was shooting 44.9% vs. the zone before winning against Syracuse. UVA’s Malcolm Brogdon has scored in double figures in every ACC game.
St. Louis is very turnover-prone.
San Diego State has 41 consecutive wins vs. California teams.
Sharpen your pencils for filling out your bracket…Selection Sunday is less than two weeks away. This year, our high scorer will receive a copy of “Wooden, A Coach’s Life” by Seth Davis.
Jason Brickman of LIU-Brooklyn became just the 4th player in NCAA history to record 1,000 assists. The other three all played on Tobacco Road…Bobby Hurley of Duke, UNC’s Ed Cota and NC State’s Chris Corchiani.
Since taking over at Kansas, Bill Self has more Big 12 Championships than losses at Allen Fieldhouse.
Louisville’s Strength of Schedule (120) is comparable to Wichita State (123)…and nobody squawks about Louisville’s schedule.
Joel Embiid’s health will be the deciding factor in how far I take Kansas in my bracket.
Michigan State is 4-6 in their last ten games.
Florida Gulf Coast won their league title with a 20-point victory at Northern Kentucky.
Not so fast: Unbeaten in league play: Florida, Wichita State, Stephen F. Austin.
One more thing: On Saturday, Syracuse (#4), Kansas (#5), Louisville (#7), Creighton (#9), St. Louis (#10), Cincinnati (#11), Iowa State (#15), Kentucky (#17) and  Michigan State (#18) all lost.

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

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