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Wakeup Call: NCAA shows us its team reports

Posted on: January 31, 2012 9:10 am
 
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By Matt Norlander


A primary reason why journalism is important. // Quick story on evolution is pretty fascinating. // This soda/pop/Coke colloquial map is even more fascinating. // LEGO has gone to space ...

★ Clemson's Milton Jennings has been indefinitely suspended. Sources are telling us he should be back fairly soon, however.

★ The NCAA really wants you to know how transparent it can be when it comes to its tournament-team-picking tools. So it now has up its RPI rankings (should be meaningless) and each individual team sheet with all sorts of data. <--Those are cool, but where are the KenPom, Sagarin and LRMC rankings?

★ Robert Sacre's moment is now.

I dig what Dan Hanner's saying here -- and thanks for the shout, Dan -- but the point is, college hoops isn't exciting to the casual dude when the top teams lack identity and polarizing power. For us diehards, it's been a fine year, but not yet thrilling.

★ Here's Scoop Jardine butchering someone's hair.

★ UConn women went into Durham and did their business last night.

★ Imagine if you could take any player from any other team and plug him into your system. Which teams would benefit the most from adding one critical cog?

★ Guess which coach will have his own bobblehead made and given away this week?

Lefty Driesell is a leaky faucet and is only damaging his own reputation with the Maryland community the more he speaks about Gary Williams.

★ Loved watching this last night. Click, view, vote: the best 3-point shot in Butler history. A.J. Graves was awesome.

★ I will say the state of Utah will be represented by one team in the NCAA tournament.

★ BracketBusters did not care for the MAAC.

★ God bless those Taylor Trojans.

► I'm a big Dan Patrick Show fan. The guys did an homage to Hoosiers and Hinkle over the weekend.



Moxy Früvous (that website is precious and a time capsule) was just too damn good. Canadian band from the '90s with good sensibility and better harmonies. I'm meeting up in New York City tonight with Jonah Keri and some other hacks. Jonah knows Früvous carries the power.

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Since: Apr 26, 2011
Posted on: January 31, 2012 9:26 pm
 

Wakeup Call: NCAA shows us its team reports

Is that a joke list?  Is it the offical bias list?  Duke #2 ??????????  That's insane.  No, I take that back.  It's bias.  I bet they get a west regional game 2 miles from their campus again too.  How on earth is UK down so far?  No wonder people hate the NCAA.  And yes, they do hate them.  They are a corrupt organization from top to bottom. 



Since: Oct 11, 2009
Posted on: January 31, 2012 4:59 pm
 

Wakeup Call: NCAA shows us its team reports

Duke is always gonna get a high RPI even if they play 10 games against St. Mary's school for blind girls, some day the NCAA may get their noses out of coach K's arse, but not anytime soon.

blfrost1963 - I absolutely love that comment. I made a similar point a while back. Sadly it may not be limited to just Duke. The BIG boys (Kentucky, North Carolina, Duke, Kansas) will always curry favor no matter their schedules b/c of their history and b/c they play in traditionally power conferences. Its also to position them for very high seedings in the NCAA tourney. Big name schools attract big crowds and big revenue. It gets boring really. Wow you manage to put another group of HS All-Americans together, so based on their potential and demolition of many early season cupcake opponents we'll keep you ranked. Please. With the ACC underperforming as a whole this year, and 2 losses to unranked opponents, Duke honestly is ranked at least 5-8 spots too high.



Since: Dec 4, 2010
Posted on: January 31, 2012 4:28 pm
 

Wakeup Call: NCAA shows us its team reports

Feb. 1 means it's time for RPI to rear it's ugly head. Ponder this:  last Sunday a week ago it was written that the Patriots had not beaten a team w/ a winning record all season -regular or post.  And where are they now? Someone wrote in Sept. that Heisman candidate a QB's resume was NOT about RPI but about PRODUCTION.  In hoops, it seems, RPI is used to eliminate the mid-majors and justify weak Big 6 conf. teams for the tourney. Lat the blah, blah begin.  PS Until one of the 'bracket buster' games eliminates a good mid-major and allows a 'Pitt' to get in the big dance. LOL
   



Since: Mar 1, 2009
Posted on: January 31, 2012 12:07 pm
 

Wakeup Call: NCAA shows us its team reports

Don't see how MSU can be a #4 based on those rankings. They are 0-3 against the top 20 ranked teams (2, 9, 19) and pull their wins from the 20's (21, 23, 24, 25). Based on that they belong in the teens. Let's see if they can play well tonignt at Illinois.



Since: Oct 10, 2010
Posted on: January 31, 2012 10:26 am
 

Wakeup Call: NCAA shows us its team reports

The NCAA's Rpi is garbage. How in the world can, Syracuse, Duke, Baylor, (Michigan st I can almost see) be ahead of Kentucky and Ohio st, those two are clearly the best teams in college Basketball. Duke is always gonna get a high RPI even if they play 10 games against St. Mary's school for blind girls, some day the NCAA may get their noses out of coach K's arse, but not anytime soon.



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