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Every Game Matters

Posted on: December 12, 2010 3:52 pm
Edited on: December 12, 2010 4:37 pm
That is the slogan of the BCS, but it's probably more true in basketball, at least for teams that want to be in the postseason or are playing for seed.

Saturday, we had Tennessee and Pittsburgh.  Both of those teams are in the top 10 and barring injury, don't figure to have to worry about missing the tournament.  However, they could be in a battle for a top seed.  It's not too hard to imagine the committee sitting there in March debating these two as the fourth #1 seed.  Tennessee's 83-76 win over the Panthers could be the deciding factor.

For teams like Gonzaga and Butler, these early games are where they make their case for selection and seeding.  They just don't get enough quality games in conference play to put all their eggs in that basket.  Unfortunately for these two, not much is going well.

Gonzaga lost at Notre Dame yesterday to fall to 4-5.  Four of those five losses are to likely tournament teams, and the fifth - Washington State - isn't terrible, but the Zags so far are proving beyond a doubt that they cannot beat tournament quality opposition.  They do have more chances though, with Baylor, Xavier, Oklahoma St and Memphis still on the schedule, and all of those but Baylor at home.

Butler is in even more trouble.  Like Gonzaga, the Bulldogs are without a quality win, and have already lost to Louisville, Duke and Xavier, as well as home loss to Evansville.  Unlike the Zags, Butler doesn't have many chances left.  They are in a tournament with Florida State and Baylor, but that's it.

The committee is watching as closely now as they will in February, so teams need to be juast careful not to give their tournament chances away now as they do then.

Category: NCAAB

Since: Feb 26, 2007
Posted on: December 13, 2010 10:40 am

Every Game Matters

Many of us have seen our schools make real progress in just a month,  so nothing is set in stone in December.

Give Palm a break. He has an editor who makes him write this column every week all season, when we all know it only becomes meaningful in February.

Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: December 13, 2010 8:24 am

Every Game Matters

The conference is still pretty much a cake walk. Don't try to fool everybody.

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2010 11:27 pm

Every Game Matters

Maybe Gonzaga but not Butler. There are challengers to the HLC title, eg. Cleveland St.

Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2010 9:58 pm

Every Game Matters

They would be in trouble, but unfortunately, they're granfathered in due to their weak conferences.

Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: December 12, 2010 6:27 pm

Every Game Matters

I don't think that in basketball every single game is more important than in football. Boise St. lost one game to a Top 25 team and thus will not be participating in the BCS, but in basketball a team could lose to some no name and still garner a comfortable seed in the postseason. While I do recognize that in the case of comparing teams, singular games do have much more of an impact in deciding seeds, I still think in football every game means more. 

Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: December 12, 2010 5:44 pm

Every Game Matters

Honestly, it really is WAY too early to project the field. Still, you had an omission of Texas A&M who has now beaten Washington and Temple, and is 3 point loss away from an unbeaten record. I find it amazing that a team like Virginia is included thanks to a fluke win over Monnnesota in which they shot lights out from 3 point range, yet they get blown out by both Stanford and Washington. I guess it gives people something to talk about, but the projections right now are ridiculous.

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