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If I had to project the field right now ...

Posted on: February 27, 2011 4:55 pm
Edited on: February 27, 2011 5:50 pm
 
... here's how my top four lines would look:

No. 1 seeds: Ohio State, Kansas, Pittsburgh, BYU
No. 2 seeds: Notre Dame, Duke, Purdue, Texas
No. 3 seeds: San Diego State, Wisconsin, Louisville, Syracuse
No. 4 seeds: St. John's, Connecticut, North Carolina, Florida
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Since: Dec 22, 2009
Posted on: February 27, 2011 7:35 pm
 

If I had to project the field right now ...

BYU and KANSAS are the only two teams out of those 16 teams, that play the game the way it's supposed to be played... shooting and scoring.
I'm pretty sure there's no specific way to play college basketball. I'm also pretty sure defense wins championships, and if you'll rememeber the championship game last year had a final score of 61-59 (or something like that). The reason most Big East teams have low scoring affairs is because of the tough defense played by each team.



Since: Nov 22, 2010
Posted on: February 27, 2011 7:21 pm
 

If I had to project the field right now ...

BYU and KANSAS are the only two teams out of those 16 teams, that play the game the way it's supposed to be played... shooting and scoring. Give me a break about all the hype of the Big East. All they do is stand around and hold the ball, point shaving the games until the final score barely gets out of the 50's.  Yeah, that's top quality basketball. hahahahaha.  No teams from the Big East get out of the Sweet 16 cause none of them are an elite team.  All hype no fact !!!  Nothing but a bunch of 58-54 final scores.



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: February 27, 2011 6:52 pm
 

If I had to project the field right now ...

That's a completely moronic statement.  Pitt losing to a 16 seed?  Pitt is solid.



Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: February 27, 2011 6:51 pm
 

Ralph Sampson and Virginia over BYU......

I don't know.  I think the fact that Sampson was repeatedly fouled on the left and right elbos by Greg Kite's face was well justified.  I mean what weree the officials in that era to do.  You couldn't possibly allow an upstart from the west not named UCLA to play for all the marbles.  Thankfully, Kite kept sticking his nose and chin in the way of Sampson's mid-arm joints and Virginia was saved by the travesty of having three futre NBA players from BYU cut down the nets in an NCAA tournament.  Fortunately Ainge and Kite got to do that in the NBA, but Boston still needed Kite to continue fouling Sampson's elbows with his face to put him on the line where he was less likely to score.  I ran into Kite a few years after he retired and asked him how he kept from breaking Samspon in half and he said, " Yes but think of all those fouls I got away with on him by placing my jewels in the way of his knees and non of those were ever called."  Kite was really good natured about it but admitted he had no love for Sampson and thought the guy was without question the most over-pampered (words I cannot print go here) that he ever faced in college or the NBA.  He said there was nobody else quite like that in the game. 

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Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: February 27, 2011 6:40 pm
 

Answer to yor question....

SDSU two times, (H, OTR)
Arizona (NCt - likely PAC-10 Champion)
St Marys (NCt - likely WCC Champion)
Vermont (OTR - likely American East Champion)
UTEP (H - likely C-USA Champion)
UNLV two times, (OTR, H)
Colorado State two time (OTR, H)

Now you may not think that means much...but how many teams can you name that have defeated the probably conference champions from at least four other conferences?

BYU is 7-1 vs top 50, a better record than either Ohio State and Duke.
BYU is 4-0 against current members of the top 25 RPI, and CP
BYU is 3-0 vs Top 10 teams,
BYU is 6-0 vs teams that are or have been ranked in thetop 25 of both media polls.

Now you may want to believe BYU hasn't defeated anyone, but there are a lot of us sportswriters who would disagree. 
BYU has no home losses and their two road losses were to UCLA in their Wooden Classic and to their rival UNM in the Pitt at Alburquerque, arguably one of the five or six most difficult venues in the nation. 

I think BYU has done plenty dude...you are delusional and uninformed if you don't buy into that. Their RPI is #2 or 3 right now, and RPI was originally established in order for eastern AD's to "justify" placing all those big-six conference teams in the tournament where all the money is.  You either accept your system or you don't, but this writer sees a top 4 RPI and plenty of schedule justification for BYU's lofty status. 



Since: Dec 22, 2009
Posted on: February 27, 2011 6:37 pm
 

If I had to project the field right now ...

No. 3 seeds: San Diego State, Wisconsin, Louisville, Syracuse

I'm guessing that means SU will be in the West? I'd rather have them as the first four seed in the East than the last 3 seed in the West, that way they get to play in Newark where there are plenty of SU fans nearby. Not that it's gonna happen, but yeah...




Since: Mar 25, 2010
Posted on: February 27, 2011 6:36 pm
 

If I had to project the field right now ...

Pitt doesn't belong but would like to see them get #1 seed and watch first #1 to lose to #16.  Are there any BE teams that can possibly get out of sweet-16?  don't see one but with so many, there's bound to be ONE. 



Since: May 15, 2007
Posted on: February 27, 2011 6:35 pm
 

If I had to project the field right now ...

BYU overall #1, Kansas, Notre Dame, and Duke at selection time.   Or Kansas overall #1 if BYU loses to UNLV in the championship tourney in Vegas as I suspect they will since UNLV wins the majority of the Vegas held tourneys.   BYU to cut down the nets as unlike 1981 there is no big man like Ralph Sampson of Virginia.  If Virginia had not had Sampson Danny Ainge and company would have andvanced to the Final Four and won the whole thing.  However Jimmer has an awesome supporting cast and they continue to ramp it up. No one will stop them provided the selection committee grants them a well-deserved #1 seed.



Since: Sep 17, 2006
Posted on: February 27, 2011 6:10 pm
 

If I had to project the field right now ...

Stupid Formating --

I've got Ohio State in the Newark bracket and the #1 overall seed (opposite 2 seed San Diego St)

Pittsburgh in the New Orleans bracket (opposite 2 seed Purdue)

Kansas in the San Antonio bracket (opposite 2 seed Duke)

and BYU in the Anaheim bracket (opposite 2 seed Texas)




Since: Sep 17, 2006
Posted on: February 27, 2011 6:08 pm
 

If I had to project the field right now ...

I've got Ohio State in the Newark bracket and the #1 overall seed (opposite 2 seed San Diego St)Pittsburgh in the New Orleans bracket (opposite 2 seed Purdue)Kansas in the San Antonio bracket (opposite 2 seed Duke)and BYU in the Anaheim bracket (opposite 2 seed Texas)


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