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Why are Colorado, Mizzou playing D-II teams now?

Posted on: January 6, 2011 3:15 pm
Edited on: January 6, 2011 3:21 pm

Posted by Matt Norlander

You miss this last night?

Colorado wins, 92-70.

Missouri improves to 14-1 with 98-58 victory.

Problem? Yeah, they came against schools that can't qualify for the NCAA tournament. Why are these two teams wasting their time with D-II opponents at this point in their seasons? I couldn't believe it when I saw it, but wanted to make sure my reaction wasn't ill-informed. Hey, maybe this isn't uncommon; maybe there're a number of teams that squeezed in a gimme game just before or after Jan. 1. So I scanned through the schedule of every major-conference team. ... Nope. Nobody else has played a non-D-I team in the past four weeks, let alone in 2011.

Only these two Big 12 dwellers. Busted! And the only two other teams to play a non-D-I school in December: Michigan and Oregon, two programs still rebuilding (though Wolverines fans are about tired of that), and they got their easy wins before most people had Christmas trees erected in their living rooms.

Colorado I understand, to a degree. Tad Boyle is in his first season there, the Buffs are on their way out of the Big 12 after this academic year ends, and perhaps the game needed to be squeezed in? Maybe that's the thinking, but I find it weak, if so. It's not like Colorado had to get in a game to make up for restlessness. The Buffaloes had a manageable five days off between Cal State-Bakersfield Sunday and Missouri this Saturday. Teams often go a week between games in November or December. Some coaches refuse to schedule a D-II or D-III school out of pride.

Nothing wrong with that.

And so we come to Missouri. How appropriate it also decided to have a cupcake before the Big 12 appetizer begins this weekend with weak-minded Colorado. Now, the Tigers have been way too good under Mike Anderson in the past three years to justify this kind of scheduling. The win doesn't help the team in the slightest — the tournament selection committee will look down on the game, though it can't use the win (or if it was a loss) to help/hurt Missouri's seeding.

I've really got no issue with teams giving a paycheck to schools that aren't D-I. Schedule the games in the first five weeks of the season, when a gimme or two needs to be out there for morale or strategy's sake. But not after that. Win or lose, the players see the games as glorified practices. It doesn't advance the team's ability or mindset by planting this kind of contest so close to conference season.

From that Missouri link above, this quote made me chuckle.

“Those games are a little tough,” said Missouri’s Kim English following Wednesday night’s 98-58 slaughter of the Lions. “Going into it kind of knowing, really being confident, that you’re going to win. But you still have to play. Because on any given night, you can get beat.”

Not when you're as talented and aggressive as the Tigers are, Kim. When you're that good, no need to waste time and effort playing against competition that can't factor into your regular- or postseason plans.
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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 14, 2011 1:04 am

Why are Colorado, Mizzou playing D-II teams now?

Retain submitting things similar to this i undoubtedly like it

Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: January 7, 2011 5:09 am

Why are Colorado, Mizzou playing D-II teams now?

D-II needs love too.  Ok, lame who cares whatever....

Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2011 9:53 pm

Yes. A little research would've reveal a lot

Missouri was scheduled to play Morgan State but they backed out in AUGUST, too late to add anyone else.  It was mentioned a zillion times during the telecast. Worthless blogger.

Since: Apr 19, 2007
Posted on: January 6, 2011 4:25 pm

Why are Colorado, Mizzou playing D-II teams now?

The research on this article was pretty weak.  Just last week, BYU and San Diego St. demolished the likes of Fresno Pacific and Occidental, who are most certainly not Division I squads.  I am sure there were more out there if you looked hard enough.

I agree with the spirit of the article, as it does puzzle me as to the point of squashing some D-II team, but, whatever, it's mostly pointless schedule filler anyway.

Since: Nov 1, 2006
Posted on: January 6, 2011 4:11 pm

Why are Colorado, Mizzou playing D-II teams now?

since when is Lamar a major-college team?

or are we just reading the words we want to read now?

Since: Jan 1, 2009
Posted on: January 6, 2011 3:49 pm

Why are Colorado, Mizzou playing D-II teams now?

Great research, since yahoo had it posted on it's front page yesterday that Lamar played D-III Louisiana College when Mike James scored 52. But besides that, what is the big deal anyway. There are several reasons why coaches might be scheduling lower division opponents such as the opposing coach could be a former assistant or player. They could of scheduled them because the coach wants to give some of the guys deep on the bench a chance to have a game while he rests the starters. What does it matter, a team makes or breaks itself with it's own performance throughout the season. If a team gets down to the bubble and the revelvance of these games come into question about determining there status, then they probably shouldn't be in the tournament anyway.

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