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Bad day for Penn State and Rhode Island

Posted on: March 7, 2009 4:54 pm
Edited on: March 7, 2009 5:13 pm
 

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Two of the last four in Jerry Palm's bracket this morning were Penn State and Rhode Island.

That's another way of saying neither could afford a bad loss in the final weekend of the regular season.

And that's why it's safe to say Penn State and Rhode Island really screwed-up today.

The Nittany Lions lost to Iowa (i.e., a bad team).

The Rams lost to UMass (i.e., a bad team).

By RPI standards, that's Penn State's worst loss of the season and Rhode Island's second-worst loss of the season. Both schools' RPIs subsequently dropped into the 60s (Rhode Island is 63; Penn State is 64). And when you consider that no team with an RPI of 60 or worse received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament last season, it's fair to assume Penn State and Rhode Island will enter their conference tournaments with some work to do.

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Since: Feb 19, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2009 7:10 am
 

Bad day for Penn State and Rhode Island

 

We can finally put to rest the ridiculous notion that Penn St. was a tourney team. Like i have said all along the fact they have 10 wins in the Big 10 just shows how average the conference is. They go 0-2 against the A-10, but somehow they can win 10 games in the Big 10. The truth is that this conference is just not that good. The league happened to get a few early season upsets out of conference before most teams play their best. Does anyone really think that Michagan could beat Duke now or Minn. could beat Louisville. Besides MSU none of these teams would finish in the top 2 in the A-10 or MWC.  

 


theres many more to come for the both of them




Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: March 7, 2009 8:39 pm
 

Bad day for Penn State and Rhode Island

I agree boogieboy, Big 10 is not a strong conference this year.. and it's annoying that people are confusing this mediocrity for a top notch conference top to bottom.

Can't remember if I was watching ESPN or CBS today, but someone was saying that they expect that the Big 10 will get 8 teams in this year, while Big East and ACC will get 7. Could not believe it.... we'll just have to wait and see what the conference records are when all is said and done I guess.

 




Since: Dec 15, 2008
Posted on: March 7, 2009 6:39 pm
 

Bad day for Maryland?

Maryland lost to a Virginia team that had 3 ACC wins coming into today.  If they had won this game I think they would have been in pretty good shape (in Palm's last four in), but now they have some serious work to do in the ACC tourney. 

Any thoughts Gary?

In the past week, so many teams have had opportunities to help their cause greatly and almost none have done anything with it.  Not a very good week living on the bubble.




Since: Jan 26, 2009
Posted on: March 7, 2009 5:23 pm
 

Bad day for Penn State and Rhode Island

We can finally put to rest the ridiculous notion that Penn St. was a tourney team. Like i have said all along the fact they have 10 wins in the Big 10 just shows how average the conference is. They go 0-2 against the A-10, but somehow they can win 10 games in the Big 10. The truth is that this conference is just not that good. The league happened to get a few early season upsets out of conference before most teams play their best. Does anyone really think that Michagan could beat Duke now or Minn. could beat Louisville. Besides MSU none of these teams would finish in the top 2 in the A-10 or MWC.  



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