Jay Bilas is so good on Twitter I’m dedicating a post to it.
I had thought of doing this a few nights ago, after Bilas was spewing truth at a rapid, casual rate on Saturday, but held back for reasons I cannot explain.
No more. The man tossed out this tweet this morning, which sent my heart aflutter, prompting me to bow before him in this very space. Anyone who downgrades the RPI while upgrading more advanced, objective statistical measurement systems like Sagarin and KenPom is always going to get a full endorsement from yours truly. And that's no knock on the RPI itself, rather the flawed, commonplace logic that it should be used atop other criteria as means for including and seeding teams for The Tournament.
Bilas has had a Twitter handle for well more than a year, but only recently started using the social media tool as a way to give opinion, often biting, as he did once the UConn verdict came down this afternoon, on the game he loves. You can pick up on the humor he often tosses in within a tweet here and there, but more than anything with Bilas, most of the time it feels like you're sitting in a college classroom and learning with some of his tweets.
Professor, the room is most definitely yours.
It's good we have this additional outlet from the former Duke star, since he will no longer be a part of CBS' NCAA tournament coverage. Turner partnering up with the Eye means Turner talent fills the spot where Bilas and Dick Enberg (who has since stepped away from calling hoops) once were.
The love for and re-tweeting of Bilas on Twitter is no shock. But did remind me of, let's see, I remember it being three, four, five years ago when it was in vogue to have disdain for Bilas as a commentator, which is the epitome of stupid, Internet-based groupthink. There is no more competent, knowledgeable and consistent analyst, no matter the sport, at ESPN than Bilas. Having him on Twitter only extends his reach and further proves he knows what the hell he's talking about every time he opens his mouth or wiggles his fingers.
The only request I have for you, Jay: start following people! Your number is currently at 0, which is so elitist (some will read that as "Duke-like"). Interact and let us join the conversation. Even if it’s just seven, 10, 15 folks you choose to latch onto, do it. No one likes the guy who’s too cool to follow.
Unless it's Bilas. Then we'll pretty much abide.Photo: AP