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Thursday morning's Gettin' In

Posted on: March 11, 2010 12:01 am
Edited on: March 11, 2010 9:04 am
 

Anthony Johnson got Montana into the NCAA tournament.

All it took was 34 second-half points.

Here's Thursday morning's Gettin' In.

Teams that punched tickets: Robert Morris and Montana each earned an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament on Wednesday. That means 14 of the 65 spots in the field are now claimed.

Best game: Anybody who watched Louisville-Cincinnati instead of Montana-Weber State missed out Wednesday night, because what happened in the Big Sky tournament title game is the stuff that makes this month great. Down 20 at the half, Montana rallied behind Anthony Johnson, who sank a pull-up jumper that proved to be the game-winner with 15 seconds remaining. Final score: Montana 66, Weber State 65. Johnson got 34 points in the second half and finished with 42, which was plenty enough to make him the star of the night and somebody to watch when the Grizzlies open the NCAA tournament next week.

Team whose dream remained alive: Sam Houston State's Southland tournament opener was more difficult than it should've been, primarily because Nicholls State's Anatoly Bose finished 15-of-23 from the field and scored 40 points. But Bob Marlin's Bearkats withstood the effort Wednesday and escaped with a 62-57 victory, meaning the Southland's regular-season champ stayed on course to earn the league's automatic bid.

Team whose dream was crushed: South Florida needed a win over Georgetown to remain in play for an at-large bid, but Dominique Jones missed twice as many shots as he made -- including all five 3-point attempts -- and that's all you really need to know. Remember, last month's upset of Georgetown featured Jones going 8-of-17 and finishing with 29 points. On Wednesday, he was 6-of-18 for 21 points, and the Bulls as a team shot just 29.1 percent from the field. Thus, they lost 69-49 in the second round of the Big East tournament, and now all they can do is hope for a nice NIT run.

Performance I hope you witnessed: Houston's Aubrey Coleman lived up to his reputation as an elite scorer by hanging 29 on East Carolina in Wednesday's 93-80 victory that propelled the Cougars into the quarterfinals of the C-USA tournament. Next up is a game against Memphis. A win there would cause the Tigers to miss the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2005.

Performances I hope you missed: How did Nebraska upset Missouri in Wednesday's first round of the Big 12 tournament? I suppose it starts with the Huskers shooting 55.8 percent from the field, 57.1 percent from 3-point range and 86.4 percent from the free throw line, and it should be noted that they also out-rebounded Missouri by a 33-21 margin. But all of that might've been offset if Kim English and Zaire Taylor wouldn't have combined for a 4-of-25 effort from the field that included a 3-of-13 performance from 3-point range. That's dreadful, and it contributed to Missouri becoming just the second No. 5 seed in Big 12 tournament history to lose to a No. 12 seed.

Three random notes

1. The New York Post's Lenn Robbins is reporting that St. John's will not bring back Norm Roberts for a seventh season. The Red Storm lost to Marquette in the Big East tournament Wednesday. They are 17-15.

2. The Louisville players must've heard Rick Pitino explain how the Cards secured an NCAA tournament berth with Saturday's win over Syracuse, because they opened the Big East tournament looking like a team that felt it had nothing left to accomplish and lost 69-66 to Cincinnati late Wednesday. The Bearcats, by the way, are the lone double-digit seed to advance to the Big East quarterfinals. They'll play West Virginia Thursday night.

3. Brandon Knight, widely viewed as the nation's best uncommitted prospect, told SunSentinel.com on Wednesday that he's eliminated Miami as a potential college destination. Knight is still considering five schools. They are Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky, Kansas and Syracuse.

Final thought: Syracuse and Georgetown play Thursday's early game at the Big East tournament. If you have plans to watch, prepare to be reminded that the Orange beat the Hoyas twice during the regular season, at which point somebody will almost certainly explain that you shouldn't assume that means Syracuse will win again because it's "difficult to beat somebody three times" in the same season.

My response: Really?

Why?

Honest to God, this is among the dumbest theories in sports.

Drives me crazy.

I mean, if you beat somebody twice doesn't it stand to reason that you're probably going to beat them if you play again? Why do we like to pretend that the third time will be some great challenge? For instance, I have a 7-year-old son, and we sometimes play Tiger Woods Golf on the Wii. When we do, I kill him because he's terrible at putting (and I'm pretty awesome at putting). So I beat him the first time we play, and then I beat him the second time we play, and when we decide to play a third time, guess what happens? Yep. I smoke him again.

The third time isn't more difficult.

In fact, it's often easier because by then he's demoralized.
 
Anyway, if Georgetown beats Syracuse in the Big East quarterfinals it'll be because Georgetown is pretty good. It might be because Austin Freeman goes bananas. Or because Greg Monroe gets 22 and 15. Or because the Hoyas' defense smothers the Orange like it smothered USF. But it won't be attributed to the theory that it's "difficult to beat somebody three times" because it's just not difficult.

You know what's difficult?

Beating teams that are better than you.

That's difficult.

So Georgetown is the one facing a difficult challenge here.

The Hoyas have to do something they haven't done.

All the Orange have to do is something they've already done twice.
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Comments

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: March 11, 2010 4:30 pm
 

Thursday morning's Gettin' In

I'm guessing I just missed some sarcasm.



Since: Mar 22, 2009
Posted on: March 11, 2010 2:31 pm
 

Thursday morning's Gettin' In

Because that's what the article said:

Honest to God, this is among the dumbest theories in sports. ......

The third time isn't more difficult. ......

In fact, it's often easier because by then he's demoralized.





Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: March 11, 2010 2:21 pm
 

Thursday morning's Gettin' In

That's the chance you take making statements like that, but it wasn't because it was the third time. How can you be sure of that?





Since: Mar 22, 2009
Posted on: March 11, 2010 2:19 pm
 

Thursday morning's Gettin' In

That's the chance you take making statements like that, but it wasn't because it was the third time.




Since: Dec 2, 2008
Posted on: March 11, 2010 2:18 pm
 

Maybe it IS harder to get that 3rd win?

Beating teams that are better than you.

That's difficult.

So Georgetown is the one facing a difficult challenge here.

The Hoyas have to do something they haven't done.

All the Orange have to do is something they've already done twice.
Hoyas win it! Looks like they stepped up to that difficult challenge. Don't get me wrong. I like the Orange; Love their coach; and don't find most of their fans. You gotta hand it to G'town, they played a heck of a game!



Since: Feb 4, 2008
Posted on: March 11, 2010 2:16 pm
 

Thursday morning's Gettin' In

I hope it tastes as good going back in as it did coming out.



Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: March 11, 2010 2:15 pm
 

Thursday morning's Gettin' In

So how 'bout that Georgetown/Syracuse game?



Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: March 11, 2010 1:39 pm
 

Thursday morning's Gettin' In

pluto, I'm guessing you're not a philosopher.  Gary and his son are competing against each other, yes, if you want to put it that way, but they are not playing against each other, how 'bout that for semantics?  The point is, nothing Gary can do will affect his son (besides demoralizing him and playing some head games); he cannot defend his shot, he cannot steal the golf ball, etc.  His son's talent (as judged by the computer) is really the only determining factor.  It's the same reason I believe golf is a game and not a sport.  How much of a sport is it when Mickelson is in the clubhouse watching Tiger make a run at his score on the back nine?  He's already finished playing! 

And, I and several other posters acknowledged that the statistical argument was based on the "law of averages."



Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: March 11, 2010 12:11 pm
 

Thursday morning's Gettin' In

It is hard to beat a good team 3 times.

In the same sense, it is difficult to beat a good team in a rematch. The psychological motivation favors the loser in a rematch. Losing fires a team up, makes them work harder, and gets them motivated to prove themselves the next time around. It makes them practice harder and study the scouting report harder.

Amongst ranked teams, look up and see how many times a ranked team beats another ranked team three times in a season. Not very often percentage wise.



Since: Dec 9, 2006
Posted on: March 11, 2010 12:04 pm
 

Thursday morning's Gettin' In

You people are right and Gary is wrong...as we all know if you beat a team two times in a year, the third time that you play the other team is awarded 20 points and starts with a 20-0 lead, making it difficult to beat them that third time.



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