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Basketball and the state of Tennessee

Posted on: February 21, 2008 5:42 pm
 
Okay basketball fans, huge match-up this weekend #2 Tennessee Volunteers traveling to in state rival #1 Memphis Tigers. I put in that previous statement rival, because if they aren't rivals now, they will be after a #1 & #2 match-up, as UT has always been the big dog (Smokey forgive the pun) in the state of Tennessee. Memphis, however has been steadily climbing the ladder to college basketball in recent years. The Tigers are 26-0 and the Volunteers are 24-2 with their only losses coming against Kentucky by 6 in January, and went into Texas in late November and was convincingly beaten.

Now with that being said, let us now talk about conference strength, Memphis plays in the CUSA, which is not nearly as strong as the SEC in which Tennessee plays. Both team's have rather good coaches. In no way, am I trying to knock the CUSA, you merely need to look at all the rating parameters to confirm this.

Now, when UNC was #1 and got knocked off by Maryland in January, a thread was posted on the CBB board which proclaimed that the state of Tennessee was the new mecca for college basketball.  This thread got everyone in an uproar, because in order to be a mecca, don't you think there would have to be one perhaps maybe two recently won National Championships in the state (not belittling the Lady Vols, we are talking Men's Hoops), and last time I checked, um there are none. Come and talk to me in a few years time as to where the "new mecca of Basketball" is.

I personally think it is great that the top 20 has shifted and there are new team's in the rankings, that is what makes this sport so much fun to watch and follow.
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Since: Mar 5, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2008 12:33 pm
 

Basketball and the state of Tennessee

But unfortunately, the C-USA will get significantly less at large bids in the tournament, the SEC will ultimately have more, as they are seen as one of the powerhouse conferences.As long as Memphis is in the tournament, I couldn't care less who else gets in. I am not a C-USA fan, I'm a Memphis fan. Why do I care how many at-large bids C-USA gets?



Since: Oct 27, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2008 6:36 pm
 

Basketball and the state of Tennessee

I heard a rumor that that girl who's a big deal in Tennessee women's basketball is going professional. Does someone outside of Nashville and Storrs, CT care?



Since: Jan 26, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2008 6:18 pm
 

Basketball and the state of Tennessee

It's the 3 or 4 teams at the bottom that seriously drag the conference down to the "pitiful" level most people associate with them
This happens in every conference every season, and when one of those bottom feeders catches a surprising win over one of the team's in the top tier, it messes everything up.



Since: Jan 26, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2008 6:16 pm
 

Basketball and the state of Tennessee

As far as conferences, obviously the SEC, top to bottom, is the stronger conference, no one can argue that, but did you realize that in 9 inter-conference games so far this year, C-USA is 5-4? And that's without Memphis having played any SEC teams, and inflating that record. The middle of C-USA is a lot better than most people give them credit for. It's the 3 or 4 teams at the bottom that seriously drag the conference down to the "pitiful" level most people associate with them.But unfortunately, the C-USA will get significantly less at large bids in the tournament, the SEC will ultimately have more, as they are seen as one of the powerhouse conferences.



Since: Mar 5, 2007
Posted on: February 21, 2008 6:13 pm
 

Basketball and the state of Tennessee

UT has been the "big dog" in the state of Tennessee in football, yes. But not in basketball. UT's basketball success is only in recent years. Memphis has played in a NCAA championship, 2 Final Fours, 6 Elite Eights, and 9 or 10 Sweet 16s. UT has never been past the Sweet 16, and only has a couple or three of those.

Not a knock on UT, it's cool to have two elite teams in the state. Oh, but let's not forget Vandy makes 3.

As far as conferences, obviously the SEC, top to bottom, is the stronger conference, no one can argue that, but did you realize that in 9 inter-conference games so far this year, C-USA is 5-4? And that's without Memphis having played any SEC teams, and inflating that record. The middle of C-USA is a lot better than most people give them credit for. It's the 3 or 4 teams at the bottom that seriously drag the conference down to the "pitiful" level most people associate with them.

I just wanted to set the record straight.



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