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Arizona AGAIN? Really?

Posted on: March 15, 2009 7:09 pm
 

Apparently. this has become a yearly event.

Arizona does not deserve to make the Tournament, having failed to even win 20 games, and still makes it, seemingly on name recognition alone.

Last year, the team was 19-14 and got a tenth seed. A lot of people, inexplicably, picked them to beat WVU in the first round. Well, they lost, and the game was not as close as the score (75-65) indicated.

This year the team, equally undeserving, actually gets a favorable matchup, and, in my opinion, will likely win the first round matchup against Utah. That team has three big wins -- LSU, Gonzaga, Utah St. -- and otherwise there is no reason to think it is a tough team.

In fact, with a ranking of about 30, it is hard to imagine how this team got a 5-seed in the first place, unless one figures the "committee" wanted a very conceivable 12-5 upset. This would kill two birds with one despicable stone -- give the committee post-hoc credibility in picking Arizona, and give the fans what they want to see, a 12-5 upset.

I am just already sick of seeing Arizona undeservedly make the tournament. It's only been two years, but in my opinion, it will keep happening until the school changes its name. And that will only happen if the state changes its name. And that will only happen if the state is overrun by outsiders, or if the US is taken over by Taliban.

I apologize if anyone is made upset by this little piece of ranting (like anyone will read it anyway). I just can't help but be incensed by the committee's failure to use logic in this one selection, for the second year in a row.

Comments

Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: March 17, 2009 2:31 pm
 

Arizona AGAIN? Really?

Wow, LJHugeFan, I certainly appreciate (and would never have expected) the back up.

Now, some itemized responses for mnavarrette.

(1) It's always nice to see I have single-handedly incensed someone enough to cause him or her to join this site.

(2) I am 26, so you were close. 

(3) Just for the record, I don't give a SH*T about Arizona's history -- I give a sh*t about its worthiness this year.  That's a simple concept, I think. 

(4) I also don't have ANY grudge against Arizona.  I revere Lute Olsen.  I have no problem with the school or its basketball team.  The problem I had, in this case -- and this was crystal clear -- was with the committee.

(5) I don't know what "bluff" you're referring to, but I certainly was not bluffing.

(6) Here is what I wrote in my last blog post:

Now, one other pondering re: March Madness -- how the hell is Arizona still in the conversation? This team lost 13 game and didn't reach 20 wins. Its RPI is 53 (sure to go down after today's loss). I would MUCH rather Mizzou face Arizona in the tournament than, say, USC, whom I fear a little (despite Mizzou's early-season neutral-site win against them). Arizona has NO argument. OUT.

 

 

 

If you don't think that suffices to support my argument, read LJHugeFan's post.

If you're still not satisfied, consider the fact that every analyst except Digger Phelps said Arizona didn't deserve to be in.

If that's not enough, consider that Arizona lost TEN GAMES (including the tournament) in-conference.

If you're still confused, which seems likely, consider that Arizona had EVERY CHANCE to prove it deserved to be in.  All it had to do was win one big game toward the end of the season.  But it couldn't accomplish that seemingly accomplishable task.

The team was comfortable at 18-8.  Then it lost 3 in a row.  (Of those three, two -- at ASU and Washington -- are excusable.  Losing to Washington State, however, is not, and I don't care how good WSU was playing...not a tournament team.)  So at 18-11, Arizona was on the bubble.  Then it loses at home to Cal.  Okay, after a gimme win vs. Stanford, the Wildcats still had a viable bubble argument at 19-12 in a tough conference.  Then they laid a big, UGLY egg in the first round of the Pac-10 tournament.  OUT.  Sorry. 

And with an RPI of 62, Arizona was statistically worse than roughly 30 teams that did not get in, such as SD State, Creighton, and Saint Mary's.  Do I think any of those teams should have gotten in?  No, not necessarily.  But I'd take all three over Arizona.

Is that enough explanation?




Since: Nov 12, 2008
Posted on: March 17, 2009 9:57 am
 

Arizona AGAIN? Really?

Wow, that didn't come out right.  Here is a version of my response, sans gibberish:

 

First of all, Teets does not have “readers,” he has “reader,” and her name is LJHugeFan. 

Second of all, he pointed out that AZ failed to win 20 games, the traditional benchmark of successful teams (and even 20 is far from an automatic bid to the tourney).  He also pointed out that the committee tried this with them last year as well, and they predictably came up short.  You want more?  They are unranked in both polls and their RPI is 62.  62!  They’ve lost 5 out of their last 6, including a loss to brutal WSU.  They went winless in their conference tourney, and the Pac10 isn’t exactly a powerhouse.  What really stands out to me, though, is that 17 of their 19 wins were at home.  The only road wins they could muster up were Oregon and Oregon State (combined 21-40).  Their “body of work” is pathetic, and there’s no excuse for not giving a mid-major like Creighton or St. Mary’s a bid in AZ’s stead.

 

 

 




Since: Nov 12, 2008
Posted on: March 17, 2009 9:53 am
 

Arizona AGAIN? Really?

 

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First of all, Teets does not have “readers,” he has “reader,” and her name is LJHugeFan. 

 

Second of all, he pointed out that AZ failed to win 20 games, the traditional benchmark of successful teams (and even 20 is far from an automatic bid to the tourney).  He also pointed out that the committee tried this with them last year as well, and they predictably came up short.  You want more?  They are unranked in both polls and their RPI is 62.  62!  They’ve lost 5 out of their last 6, including a loss to brutal WSU.  They went winless in their conference tourney, and the Pac10 isn’t exactly a powerhouse.  What really stands out to me, though, is that 17 of their 19 wins were at home.  The only road wins they could muster up were Oregon and Oregon State (combined 21-40).  Their “body of work” is pathetic, and there’s no excuse for not giving a mid-major like Creighton or St. Mary’s a bid in AZ’s stead.

 




Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: March 17, 2009 5:01 am
 

Arizona AGAIN? Really?

How old is the person that wrote this crap? I assuming younger than Arizona's streak of 25 consecutive years in the Big Dance.  I believe you just have no clue about college basketball you probably have a grudge with Arizona for personal reasons.  You believ
e that Arizona shouldn't be in but you gave no real details why they shouldn't nor did you mention any other team that deserved to be in.  Therefore your readers see the bluff in your writing 



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