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Saturday Morning's Gettin' In

Posted on: March 12, 2010 10:40 pm
Edited on: March 13, 2010 7:30 am

Michigan decided not to guard Evan Turner.

Houston moved to within one win of a trip to the NCAA tournament.

So, yeah, it was another strange day of college basketball.

Here's Saturday morning's Gettin' In.

Team that punched a tickets: Lehigh earned an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament on Friday. That means 15 of the 65 spots in the field are now claimed.

Best game: Can you do better than the National Player of the Year sinking a 37-footer at the buzzer for a win? I think not. So the wrap-up must begin with Ohio State's 69-68 victory featuring Evan Turner catching an inbound pass with 2.2 seconds remaining, taking two dribbles and firing a long 3-pointer that swished at the buzzer (and advanced the Buckeyes to the Big Ten semifinals). I couldn't begin to explain why John Beilein didn't put a player on the inbound guy or Turner. But I'm glad he didn't because the strategy helped produce a memorable moment on a Friday afternoon, and I really do like memorable moments.

Team whose dream remained alive: Houston -- I repeat, Houston --  remained in play for Conference USA's automatic bid with a 74-66 win over Southern Miss on Friday.  The Cougars will play UTEP in C-USA's title game early Saturday. If your team is on the bubble, grab your Texas Western gear and root like crazy because a UTEP loss would almost certainly make C-USA a two-bid league.

Team whose dream was crushed: Considering just about every other bubble team lost the past two days -- Memphis, UAB, Ole Miss, Arizona State, Seton Hall, etc. -- Dayton could've moved to the right side of the bubble with a win over Xavier in Friday's A-10 quarterfinals, and when the Flyers took a 15-point lead with less than 11 minutes remaining it seemed like they'd do just that. But then Dayton pulled a Dayton and collapsed in spectacular fashion. The score went from 61-46 Dayton to 78-73 Xavier , meaning the Musketeers closed on a 32-12 run that ended the Flyers' NCAA tournament hopes.

Performance I hope you witnessed:   Georgetown's Greg Monroe took 15 shots, made nine and finished with 23 points and 13 rebounds in Friday's 80-57 win over Marquette. It was Monroe's third double-double in his past four games. If he gets another Saturday night, the Hoyas might just win the Big East's automatic bid despite being the event's eight seed.

Performance I hope you missed: It's not accurate to suggest Virginia Tech had to beat Miami in the ACC quarterfinals to secure an at-large bid; the Hokies will probably make the NCAA tournament anyway. Probably. But there's no guarantee, and Malcolm Delaney will be sick if Virginia Tech finds itself on the wrong side of the bubble because he was awful in Friday's 70-65 loss to Miami. The junior guard was 3-of-15 from the field, 0-of-8 from 3-point range, and 1-of-3 from the free throw line with three turnovers. Delaney finished with seven points, and now he'll spend Saturday rooting for UTEP instead of playing against Duke.

Three r andom notes

1. Evan Turner was Friday's star, but John Wall was OK, too. He got 23 points, seven rebounds and five assists in Kentucky's 73-67 win over Alabama that pushed the Wildcats into the SEC semifinals. They'll play Tennessee on Saturday. The Vols beat UK two weeks ago.

2. Mississippi State's 75-69 win over Florida on Friday prevented the SEC semifinals from featuring four SEC East schools. More important, it kept the Bulldogs in play for the NCAA tournament, but there's still work to do.

3. Kansas took over late and looked very much like the nation's best team in Friday's 79-66 win over Texas A&M. The Jayhawks trailed 47-40 in the second half before closing on a 39-21 run and winning 79-68. Sherron Collins got 26 points and six assists. KU will play Kansas State in Saturday's Big 12 title game.

Final thought: The Mountain West Conference became a four-bid league Friday night.

That's the result of San Diego State's 72-69 win over New Mexico.

And what it means is that this non-BCS league will absolutely get more bids than the Pac-10, possibly get more than the SEC, and perhaps as many as the Big Ten because New Mexico, BYU and UNLV began the day safely in the field, and San Diego State solidified its place with a victory over a New Mexico team that had won 15 straight to move to No. 8 in the latest AP poll.

So does this make the Mountain West a basketball power?

Not necessarily.

But the league is clearly more powerful than most recognize.
Category: NCAAB
Tags: Gettin' In

Since: Feb 23, 2007
Posted on: March 13, 2010 5:58 pm

Saturday Morning's Gettin' In

since when did 1-4= 4??

Since: Sep 13, 2008
Posted on: March 13, 2010 3:45 pm

Saturday Morning's Gettin' In

You are retarded

Since: Nov 24, 2008
Posted on: March 13, 2010 3:45 pm

Saturday Morning's Gettin' In

Dick Vitale as well as BOTH named John Wall their National Player of the Year, A$$ CLOWN.

Since: Feb 27, 2007
Posted on: March 13, 2010 2:33 pm

Saturday Morning's Gettin' In

M West has always been a real solid league. The MVC and Colonial are two good conferences as well. Northeastern stumbled to Bill and Mary in the semi's but trust me they can play with any bubble team. Wichita and Illinois St. could play with any bubble team too. That doesn't mean they deserve to be in, it just really shows how #10-#100 are seperated very tight. (100% against any expansion)

Since: Oct 16, 2006
Posted on: March 13, 2010 1:05 pm

Saturday Morning's Gettin' In

"Evan Turner is carrying a bad team."

WHAT? Have you even seen Ohio State play? Lighty, Diebler, and Buford would start for any other team in America. You're crazy dude.

Since: Mar 12, 2010
Posted on: March 13, 2010 12:56 pm

Saturday Morning's Gettin' In

Lets take a quick look at a few  comparisons.

UNLV - RPI 42  SOS 100    8-4 vs top 100 RPI
WSU - RPI 43  SOS 102    9-5 vs top 100 RPI

Both teams with 24 wins.  I guess if WSU has a weak schedule, how does that compare to UNLV's?  Or BYU with a SOS of 108. 

I guess you have a point.  Look at the huge difference between these two schools.  WOW.

Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: March 13, 2010 12:39 pm

MWC is ABSOLUTELY better than Pac-10 in 2009-2010

Without doing a lot of in depth analysis, the Mountain West is clearly superior to the Pac-10 this year. I'll even go as far to say that the Atlantic-10 and Conference-USA are better. The Pac-10, although having some pretty good talent, looked terrible in the nonconference portion of the season, and many of the teams merely racked up wins by playing each other. Only one Pac-10 team will exit the conference tournament with less than 10 losses--and a lot of those losses were to the Big Sky Conference.

They won't stay down for long--thank goodness--but for the time being, there is no way I think the Pac-10 should deserve more than one bid. Washington clearly underachieved this year. Memphis or San Diego State are cleary more deserving of that at-large bid nod.

Since: Mar 12, 2010
Posted on: March 13, 2010 12:31 pm

Saturday Morning's Gettin' In

I don't understand this either.  Wichita State has better RPI and SOS than Virginia Tech, and more wins.  They beat Northern Iowa who is a top 20 team and they have 9 wins against the top 100.  What is the problem?  I can't believe William and Mary is on the Bubble Watch and not Wichita State.  Seriously?

Since: Jan 27, 2009
Posted on: March 13, 2010 12:03 pm

Saturday Morning's Gettin' In

I watched the BYU vs. UNLV and the San Diego St. vs. New Mexico game last night.  The commentator made an interesting point in that: a) the MWC is a "mid-major," conference; b) has four teams that should make the tournament; c) the MWC is only a 9-team conference; so (and here's THE point), d) the MWC is getting in just under 50% of its teams to the NCAA tournament.

Since: Jan 24, 2009
Posted on: March 13, 2010 11:52 am

Saturday Morning's Gettin' In

John Wall should be the POY - NBA scouts are not wrong.  He WILL be the #1 draft pick for good reason.  Wall is the best point guard seen in the last 30 years and UK doesn't have to stand on him to get it done.  Turner is carrying a bad team, Wall is leading a great team.  Should be no contest.  You are right Gary - keep up the good work!

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