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Baylor bombs and other bracket notes

Posted on: February 13, 2012 7:47 am
I think we can safely say, without fear of contradiction, that Baylor is the third banana in the Big 12.  The Bears got blown out at Missouri, dropping them to 0-4 against the Tigers and Kansas.  Only one of those four losses was competitive.

For Baylor, a profile that looked worthy of a top seed a week ago now looks closer to a 3-seed than a one.

The Bears figure to get at least one more shot at the top two in the conference tournament.

I had been reluctant to put Ohio State on the top line of the bracket because they have been the No. 1 seed version of a home court hero.  The Buckeyes had been nothing short of invincible in Columbus, but struggled to beat decent teams on the road.  Finally, last weekend, they got the road monkey off their backs with a win at Wisconsin, but suddenly this week, they looked mortal at home.  Purdue put a real scare in them Wednesday night, and then Michigan State took their lunch money on Saturday.  Ohio State's stay on the top line may be short.

The Spartans pulled into a tie for first in the Big Ten with the win.  The league may end up with a four-loss champion and without a No. 1 seed, but is still likely to put the most teams in the bracket in March.  Well, among conferences with fewer than 16 teams.

It looks like Florida may have let Kentucky beat them twice.  The Gators seemed a bit hungover from their trip to Lexington in a home loss to Tennessee.  They have now been swept by the Vols and play four of their next five on the road.

The first of those is against what's left of Alabama.  Three more of the Tide have been suspended indefintiely, including leading scorer JaMychal Green.  Bama is without four of its starters and its tournament hopes are in serious doubt.

It was a rough weekend for some of the better non-majors too.

Creighton got blown up at home by Wichita State and has now lost three in a row.

Iona lost a battle for first place at Loyola in the Metro Atlantic on Friday, but the Greyhounds gave it back by losing at home to Fairfield on Sunday.

In the Horizon, Cleveland State lost at home to Valparaiso on Thursday, putting the Crusaders a half-game up in the league standings.  On Saturday, Valpo lost to Youngstown State for the first time in 16 games, but Butler won at CSU, so the Crusaders are still up for now.

Since: Jan 11, 2012
Posted on: February 15, 2012 1:36 pm

Baylor bombs and other bracket notes

Well said.

Since: Feb 14, 2012
Posted on: February 14, 2012 3:14 pm

Baylor bombs and other bracket notes

Exactly which 4, 5 or more, loss team has a better list of wins, and losses only to top 10 teams? Just an observation, Baylor did bellyflop to KU and Mizzu, no doubt, but they havent lost to Davidson (Kansas), temple, fsu or Miami (Duke), Illinois (Ohio state)' unlv, fsu again(UNC), Illinois again, Northwestern (Michigan st) or Pitt, Cincinnati, WVU (Georgetown) In fact Baylor has beaten WVU, Northwestern from that list and SEVERAL other top 25 teams. Sorry, I just don't think their sky is falling, at least not yet. If they lose 3 or4 more I will.

Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 11:05 am

Baylor bombs and other bracket notes

Yeh, "it's settled."  Based on you watching 40 minutes out of an entire season.  Why not ask SDSU, SMC, BYU, Northwestern, ISU, KSU, WVU, MSU how they feel about Baylor.

Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: February 14, 2012 11:03 am

Baylor bombs and other bracket notes

You get high RPI by playing on the court you dolt.

Since: Sep 2, 2009
Posted on: February 14, 2012 9:53 am

Baylor bombs and other bracket notes

Play more like 55th....RPI is on paper, not on the court.

Since: Apr 10, 2010
Posted on: February 13, 2012 3:15 pm

Baylor bombs and other bracket notes

5th RPI in the country - you fail.

Since: Dec 14, 2006
Posted on: February 13, 2012 2:46 pm

Baylor bombs and other bracket notes

As an ACC dude, I've only seen BAY play twice this season... Last game was the home loss to KAN... I wondered if they were for real when I saw them creeping up the polls... Guess it's settled now...

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