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Butler just killed some bubble team

Posted on: March 11, 2009 12:33 am
 

You want a list of teams that hate Butler right now?

It would start with Creighton.

And include Penn State.

And Arizona.

And Florida.

And Miami.

And Maryland.

And South Carolina.

And every other school resting on the bubble.

Why?

Because Butler's 57-54 loss to Cleveland State in Tuesday night's title game of the Horizon League tournament made the Horizon League a two-bid league, which means one of the 34 at-large bids must now go to Butler, which means one less bubble team will make the NCAA tournament. Put another way, the "last team in" Jerry Palm's Tuesday morning Projecting the Field was Saint Mary's. If you accept that as reality, Saint Mary's would now be out of the bracket, banished to the NIT, all because Butler missed 15 of 19 3-point attempts and lost a home game to a team it had already beaten twice.

That was good news for Cleveland State.

But bad news for Saint Mary's.

And Creighton.

And Arizona.

And Florida.

And Miami.

And Maryland.

And South Carolina.

And every other school resting on the bubble.

Category: NCAAB
Comments

Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: March 12, 2009 6:55 am
 

Butler just killed some bubble team

 The NCAA gives an automatic berth to the conference and the conference decides how to award that bid.  Originally, the ACC was the only conference giving the championship to a tournament winner while the rest of the nation awarded the bid to the regular season winner. 


Thanks for clarifying tucsonterp.  I just incorrectly assumed the NCAA awarded the bid to the tourny champion.  It's not surprising though that the conferences quickly decided to award the bid to the conference champion to create interest and bring more fans into the arenas.




Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: March 11, 2009 5:23 pm
 

Butler just killed some bubble team

But sometimes, when the moon shines full and the planets align, they play a near perfect game and pull off the upset (usually over Syracuse, but that is a different rant).  

 Or Kansas... 

 




Since: Mar 11, 2009
Posted on: March 11, 2009 4:45 pm
 

Butler just killed some bubble team

well this shows that reputation is not based on ability to read.  I said Butler is one and done especially if they can't shoot the threes.  That means they're one and done no matter what even if they shoot average.  But why argue?? We'll find out soon enough and then we'll see what online reputations mean.   




Since: Mar 11, 2009
Posted on: March 11, 2009 4:41 pm
 

Butler just killed some bubble team

ok well maybe they should revise your reputation or maybe you should just learn how to read.  I said Butler is one and done especially   if they can't shoot the threes.  But even if they shoot their average they're still gone.  But why argue?? We'll see soon enough, then we'll see who deserves what reputation. 




Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: March 11, 2009 4:11 pm
 

Butler just killed some bubble team

Pakmuz,

Your "0" reputation speaks for itself... but I'll respond.

For starters, if ANY team that heads to the tournament shoots 4 of 19 from three point range... they are more than likely one-and-done.  However, I find it comical that you use Butler's worst shooting performance in some time in an attempt to define how they will play in the tournament.  Myself, I'd probably expect them to shoot somewhere near their average... but again, I'm a bit more logical than you seem to be.

 




Since: Jan 14, 2008
Posted on: March 11, 2009 2:14 pm
 

Butler just killed some bubble team

For the guy that is against the conference tournament champ getting an automatic birth...Are you kidding me?  That is what make the tournament so great.  With the exception of the IVY league, every team still has a chance to make it to the tournament.  Yea, most of those teams dont win a game in the tournament, but they have a chance.  And thats what matters. 




Since: Mar 2, 2009
Posted on: March 11, 2009 1:02 pm
 

Butler just killed some bubble team

GREAT GAME! all the bubble teams better make some magic happend in there Conference Tourny. or they will be watching the big dance at home. BAD NEWS ST. MARYS i think they are going to the NIT. .  




Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: March 11, 2009 11:43 am
 

Butler just killed some bubble team

Gary,

This is awesome.  Cleveland State played a good game and are getting duly rewarded for their effort.  So is Butler, who had nothing to lose anyway.

And there'll be one less bad "bubble" team now.  Hopefully, it'll be one of the weak power conference teams, but I'm not holding my breath on that.

 




Since: Feb 16, 2009
Posted on: March 11, 2009 11:40 am
 

Butler just killed some bubble team

Amen on St. Mary's and Davidson.  St. Mary's schedule is awful and Davidson has one good win when West Virginia had injuries.   




Since: Jan 30, 2007
Posted on: March 11, 2009 11:36 am
 

Butler just killed some bubble team

Don't be a tool... That might be one of the dumber things I've read on here today. You obviously feel that Butler fixed that game for money. Well, that's unethical, and in violation of NCAA rules. Are you saying that Butler fixed the game? You can't think that a school would jeopardize their well-respected Men's Basketball program so that the league can make money. You're a dum bass.


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