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Monday morning's Gettin' In

Posted on: March 8, 2010 12:43 am
 

The Northern Iowa Panthers made the field.

Will the Florida Gators eventually join them?

Here's Monday morning's Gettin' In.

Teams that punched tickets Sunday: Northern Iowa earned an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament with Sunday's 67-52 win over Wichita State in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament title game. That means five of the 65 spots in the field are claimed.

Best game:
William & Mary was up 14 at halftime and down a point in the final minute, which should tell you what kind of second half it was for the Tribe in their Colonial tournament semifinal against Northeastern. But they still won. Thanks to a David Schneider 3-pointer with 36 seconds left, and despite giving Northeastern seven shots at the tie or win in the final 30 seconds. William & Mary will now meet Old Dominion in Monday's tournament title game. If your favorite team is on the bubble, root for ODU.

Team whose dream remained alive: Western Kentucky's quest to make the NCAA tournament for the third consecutive season remains alive thanks to Sunday's 65-64 win over Arkansas State in the quarterfinals of the Sun Belt tournament. The Hilltoppers have won eight straight heading into Monday night's semifinal against Troy, which is both an average Brad Pitt film and the Sun Belt's top seed.

Team whose dream was crushed: VCU beat Delaware and George Mason to advance to the semifinals of the Colonial tournament, then jumped to a 12-point lead Sunday with less than 11 minutes remaining against top-seeded Old Dominion. Suddenly, fans of bubble teams from San Diego State to Rhode Island became huge Monarchs fans. Lucky for them, ODU closed with a 22-10 run to force overtime, and the Monarchs ultimately advanced to the championship game with a 73-69 win. More to the point, the bubble didn't shrink.

Performance I hope you witnessed: Wisconsin's Jon Leuer made eight of 13 field goal attempts and finished with 20 points in Sunday's 72-57 win at Illinois that doubled as the  junior forward's best effort since returning from a wrist injury. It helped the Badgers remain one of four Big Ten schools among the top 12 of the Top 25 (and one).

Performance I hope you missed: Manny Harris closed Michigan's dismal regular season with a dismal effort. He missed nine of 10 shots -- including all four 3-point attempts -- in a 64-48 loss at Michigan State that dropped the Wolverines to 14-16 overall and 7-11 in the league, which means the same Michigan team that began the regular season ranked 15th nationally ended the regular season eighth in the Big Ten standings. But hey, it's still better than the 10th-place finish the football team recorded!

Three random notes

1. A 74-66 loss at Kentucky pushed Florida's losing streak to three and put the Gators on uncertain ground entering the SEC tournament. For now, they're still fine despite a RPI in the 50s and three losses outside of the top 75. But they probably won't be if they somehow lose to Auburn in Thursday's SEC tournament opener.

2. Chattanooga's Ty Patterson was released from the hospital Sunday after suffering what was described as a "sudden cardiac event" during Saturday night's 96-69 loss to Charleston in the Southern Conference tournament quarterfinals. What caused Patterson's collapse remains unclear, but he was reportedly well enough to attend a women's basketball game Sunday afternoon. Why he'd want to do that also remains unclear.

3.
Gonzaga did what Gonzaga does Sunday, which is to say advance to the WCC tournament finals. The Zags cruised to a 77-62 victory over Loyola Marymount in the semifinals and are now just a win away from their 10th WCC tournament championship in 12 seasons, and it's starting to look like the only thing that'll ever bring balance to this league is Oregon somehow convincing Mark Few to join the Pac-10.

Final thought: Seth Davis reported Friday that William Wesley (better known in basketball circles as World Wide Wes) is transitioning from behind-the-scenes powerbroker to in-the-spotlight agent of college and NBA coaches, and the question people keep asking is why.

Why is he doing it?

Why now?

But the better question is this: Why not now?

Wesley has become too high-profile in recent years to move and shake in the shadows, making a move to the mainstream inevitable, and there's no better time than now to make that move. Wesley is tight with the man who is about to be the biggest free agent in the history of basketball and perhaps American sports (LeBron James), and even tighter with the hottest name in coaching (John Calipari) who just so happens to be coaching four future first-round picks, including the projected No. 1 pick in this summer's draft (John Wall). Meantime, Wesley's Nike connections will almost certainly allow his voice to be heard when Oregon starts looking for a new coach, his Jay Z connections will almost certainly allow his voice to be heard when the Nets start looking for a new coach, and I could go on but surely you get the point.

A massive summer at different levels of basketball is nearly upon us, and the man formerly known as 'Fresh Wes' happens to have established relationships with many of the key characters. Any opinions on what's to come are all speculative, of course, but it's not an exaggeration to tell you many believe he'll be the guy who helps decide where King James plays the rest of his career, and the guy who helps decide which coach will be lucky enough to coach (and by coach , I mean ride ) the future Hall of Famer to NBA titles.

There are no limits to what's possible here.

And that's basically why Wesley is making this move.

He's long been labeled as the most powerful man in basketball.

It was only a matter of time before he took a step toward becoming exactly that.
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Comments

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2010 4:25 pm
 

Monday morning's Gettin' In

Why would you figure Ole Miss or Mississippi State to be in when Florida has the same conference record against the tougher East division and they happen to have already beat both the Rebels and Bulldogs.



Since: Feb 10, 2010
Posted on: March 8, 2010 4:12 pm
 

Monday morning's Gettin' In

A -506?  How does that happen?



Since: Jan 3, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2010 2:33 pm
 

Monday morning's Gettin' In

The Top Three Conferences (Big 12, ACC and Big East) have almost identical out of conference records.  But when you compare their records against other Big Six Conference teams, the Big 12 clearly is best and the ACC slightly better than the Big East.  Makes you wonder where these hyped Big East rankings come from....

 

Big East

Wins

Losses

ACC  (5-7)

1. S FLORIDA 66, VIRGINIA 49
2. SYRACUSE 87, UNC 71
3. CINCY 69, MARYLAND 57
4. VILLANOVA 95, MARYLAND 86
5. GEORGETOWN 89, DUKE 77

1. UCONN 59, DUKE 68
2. PROVIDENCE 77, BOSTON COLL 82
3. MARQUETTE 56, FLORIDA ST 57
4. ST JOHN'S 71, DUKE 80
5. MARQUETTE 73, NC STATE 77
6. RUTGERS 67, UNC 81
7. SETON HALL 94, VIRGINIA TECH 103

Big 12 (2-1)

1. WVU 73, TEXAS A&M 66
2. UCONN 88, TEXAS 74

1. PITT 62, TEXAS 78

SEC (7-8)

1. LOUISVILLE 96, ARKANSAS 66
2. VILLANOVA 79, OLE MISS 67
3. CINCY 67, VANDERBILT 58
4. UCONN 81, LSU 55
5. ST JOHN'S 66, GEORGIA 56
6. SYRACUSE 85, FLORIDA 73
7. WVU 76, OLE MISS 66

1. PROVIDENCE 75, ALABAMA 84
2. S FLORIDA 66, S CAROLINA 69
3. DEPAUL 53, TENNESSEE 57
4. RUTGERS 58, FLORIDA 73
5. DEPAUL 54, VANDERBILT 67
6. UCONN 61, KENTUCKY 64
7. DEPAUL 45, MISS ST 76
8. LOUISVILLE 62, KENTUCKY 71

Big 10 (2-5)

1. MARQUETTE 79, MICHIGAN 65
2. WVU 71, OHIO ST 65

1. NOTRE DAME 58, N'WESTERN 72
2. PITT 64, INDIANA 74
3. MARQUETTE 63, WISCONSIN 72
4. WVU 62, PURDUE 77
5. UCONN 63, MICHIGAN 68

Pac-10 (3-0)

 

 

 

 

Total (19-21)

1.      
;
SYRACUSE 95, CALIFORNIA 73

2.      
;
 GEORGETOWN 74, WASHINGTON 66

3.      
;
3. NOTRE DAME 84, UCLA 73

 

 

ACC

 

 

Wins

Losses

 

Big East (7-5)

1. DUKE 68, UCONN 59
2. BOSTON COLL 82, PROVIDENCE 77
3. FLORIDA ST 57, MARQUETTE 56
4. DUKE 80, ST JOHN'S 71
5. NC STATE 77, MARQUETTE 73
6. UNC 81, RUTGERS 67
7. VIRGINIA TECH 103, SETON HALL 94

1. VIRGINIA 49, S FLORIDA 66
2. UNC 71, SYRACUSE 87
3. MARYLAND 57, CINCY 69
4. MARYLAND 86, VILLANOVA 95
5. DUKE 77, GEORGETOWN 89

 

Big 12 (1-2)

1. DUKE 86, IOWA ST 65

1. CLEMSON 60, TEXAS A&M 69
2. UNC 90, TEXAS 103

 

SEC (7-5)

1. NC STATE 60, AUBURN 58
2. MIAMI FL 85, S CAROLINA 70
3. FLORIDA ST 60, ALABAMA 51
4. CLEMSON 72, S CAROLINA 61
5. VIRGINIA TECH 74, GEORGIA 62
6. FLORIDA ST 76, AUBURN 72
7. BOSTON COLL 85, S CAROLINA 76

1. FLORIDA ST 52, FLORIDA 68
2. UNC 66, KENTUCKY 68
3. VIRGINIA 67, AUBURN 68
4. NC STATE 61, FLORIDA 62
5. GA TECH 66, GEORGIA 73

 

Big 10 (7-7)

1. UNC 77, OHIO ST 73
2. MARYLAND 80, INDIANA 68
3. UNC 89, MICH ST 82
4. VIRGINIA TECH 70, IOWA 64
5. MIAMI FL 63, MINNESOTA 58
6. BOSTON COLL 62, MICHIGAN 58
7. VIRGINIA TECH 66, PENN ST 64

1. MARYLAND 69, WISCONSIN 78
2. VIRGINIA 66, PENN ST 69
3. NC STATE 53, N'WESTERN 65
4. WAKE FOREST 58, PURDUE 69
5. CLEMSON 74, ILLINOIS 76
6. FLORIDA ST 64, OHIO ST 77
7. DUKE 69, WISCONSIN 73

 

Pac-10 (2-2)

 

 

Total (24-21)

1. DUKE 64, ARIZ ST 53
2. GA TECH 79, USC 53

1. VIRGINIA 52, STANFORD 57
2. NC STATE 74, ARIZONA 76

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Big 12

Wins

Losses

 

Big East (1-2)

1. TEXAS 78, PITT 62

1. TEXAS A&M 66, WVU 73
2. TEXAS 74, UCONN 88

 

ACC (2-1)

1. TEXAS A&M 69, CLEMSON 60
2. TEXAS 103, UNC 90

1. IOWA ST 65, DUKE 86

 

SEC (6-4)

1. OKLAHOMA 67, ARKANSAS 47
2. KANSAS ST 87, ALABAMA 74
3. BAYLOR 70, ARKANSAS 47
4. MISSOURI 89, GEORGIA 61
5. BAYLOR 85, S CAROLINA 74
6. TEXAS 96, ARKANSAS 85

1. KANSAS ST 74, OLE MISS 86
2. BAYLOR 76, ALABAMA 79
3. MISSOURI 83, VANDERBILT 89
4. KANSAS 68, TENNESSEE 76

 

Big 10 (6-1)

1. TEXAS 85, IOWA 60
2. TEXAS A&M 66, MINNESOTA 65
3. IOWA ST 81, IOWA 71
4. KANSAS 75, MICHIGAN 64
5. TEXAS 79, MICH ST 68
6. MISSOURI 81, ILLINOIS 68

1. IOWA ST 65, N'WESTERN 67

 

Pac-10 (13-4)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total (28-12)

1. TEX TECH 64, OREGON ST 60
2. NEBRASKA 51, USC 48
3. TEX TECH 99, WASHINGTON 92
4. TEXAS 69, USC 50
5. BAYLOR 64, ARIZ ST 61
6. KANSAS ST 86, WASH ST 69
7. MISSOURI 106, OREGON 69
8. OKLAHOMA 79, ARIZONA 62
9. KANSAS 73, UCLA 61
10. NEBRASKA 50, OREGON ST 44
11. OKL ST 71, STANFORD 70
12. KANSAS 84, CALIFORNIA 69
13. TEX TECH 100, STANFORD 87

1. COLORADO 87, ARIZONA 91
2. COLORADO 69, OREGON ST 74
3. IOWA ST 63, CALIFORNIA 82
4. TEXAS A&M 64, WASHINGTON 73

 

 




Since: Jan 25, 2010
Posted on: March 8, 2010 1:36 pm
 

Monday morning's Gettin' In

I would agree with you............William and Mary didn't just slip by Maryland on some fluke play. They beat them handily on their floor. Couple that with the games you mention, and they certainly deserve to go rather than some mediocre team from a so called Major conference. I mean really...........who wants to see a .500 team from the Big Ten or ACC in the tournament?




Since: Feb 10, 2010
Posted on: March 8, 2010 12:36 pm
 

Monday morning's Gettin' In

Come on Gary!!!!  I think Troy was one of Brad Pitt’s better movies, right behind Seven.  Troy came with a cast of diaper dandy’s and they had a big man with an axe.  What a great basketball story having home court advantage, but against the odds of a overwhelming force. And the trickery…..it doesn’t get any better than Troy!!!




Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: March 8, 2010 12:26 pm
 

Monday morning's Gettin' In

Sorry frznterp, but William and Mary doesn't deserve a chance.  Early in the season they were on a tear and upset UMD and Wake, if they played either now, they would get slaughtered.

William and Mary has since lost to JMU and Towson (two terrible teams) and has a total of six CAA losses.  ODU on the other hand doesn't have any bad losses that stick out and has played consistently all season and isn't one of those set up three point shooting teams like W&M is.



Since: Mar 24, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2010 12:19 pm
 

Monday morning's Gettin' In

I agree - seems fitting because Louisville is now certainly "gettin' in"...and althought I didn't watch what sounds like a thrilling game between Wisconsin and Illinois (Performance you hope I witnessed??) I did see Kyle Kuric - a Louisville sophomore who averages 3 points a game - go off with 22 points on 9 of 11 shooting against the #1 team in the country...hope you witnessed that Gary.



Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2010 12:10 pm
 

Monday morning's Gettin' In

No mention of Louisville's great victory in the last ever UL game at FreedomHall - a victory over the #1 team in the country no less??



Since: Apr 24, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2010 12:01 pm
 

Monday morning's Gettin' In

Does this mean that once WWW goes "public" and actually has to register as an agent in order to handle LeBron's contract that he will no longer have carte blanche access to Kentucky gym, locker room, practices, team meetings, and everything Cal can open up to him?



Since: Mar 27, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2010 9:51 am
 

Monday morning's Gettin' In

How do you figure Ole Miss or Miss. St. probably getting in?  Florida's record is as good, RPI better and Florida beat them both head to head.  You gotta check your facts before you post.  Florida hasn't been blown out of any game and was down 4 to syracuse late, tied with kentucky with 3.5 minutes to go in gainesville and down two with 4 mintes to go yesterday at kentucky.  Mississippi State is done after losing to Auburn and Tennessee unless they win the SEC tourney.  Ole Miss will probably need to get to the finals.  If Florida beats Auburn they are in.  If they lose to Auburn they don't deserve to be in.  One thing benefitting Florida now is most of the bubble teams are fading right now.



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