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Wednesday Wrap-up

Posted on: March 9, 2011 9:42 pm
Edited on: March 10, 2011 12:39 am
Baylor was bad.

The St. John's-Rutgers officials were worse.

Here's Wednesday's Wrap-up to recap the day in college basketball.

Teams that punched tickets: Long Island and Northern Colorado each earned automatic bids to the NCAA tournament on Wednesday. That means 13 of the 68 spots in the field are now claimed.

Best game: The contest was terrific but the officiating at the end of St. John's' 65-63 win over Rutgers in the second round of the Big East tournament was embarrassing and inexcusable, and that's putting it nicely. Jim Burr, Tim Higgins and Earl Walton somehow missed St. John's senior Justin Brownlee travel and then step out of bounds with 1.7 seconds left. By doing so, they committed what Big East commissioner John Marinatto later acknowledged were "two separate officiating errors" that cost Rutgers a chance to tie or win at the buzzer. Those "two separate officiating errors" should also cost Burr, Higgins and Walton future assignments.

Other best game: Long Island's 85-82 win over Robert Morris in the title game of the Northeast tournament represented everything that makes small-conference basketball great. It was a bunch of players most folks have never heard of competing in front of a rowdy crowd in a rare national television appearance with an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament on the line, and it ended with a court-storming. Jamal Olasewere's career-high 31 points turned him into a name worth remembering heading into next week. That's when the Blackbirds will play in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1997.

Team whose dream remained alive: Colorado was down six with less than three minutes to play in a potential bubble-bursting game. Then Alec Burks made a jumper, sparked a comeback and led the Buffaloes to a 77-75 win over Iowa State in the first round of the Big 12 tournament. Burks got 25 of his 29 points in the final 17 minutes. It was a performance that kept Colorado's quest to make the NCAA tournament intact, though the Buffaloes probably need a win over Kansas State in Thursday's quarterfinals to feel reasonably good about their at-large chances.

Team whose dream was crushed: Nebraska entered Wednesday on the bubble thanks to a resume that included wins over Texas, Texas A&M and Missouri, and just three losses outside of the top 100 of the RPI. But the Huskers still needed to do work, everybody agreed. And now the Huskers are off the bubble, everybody agrees, thanks to a 53-52 loss to Oklahoma State in the first round of the Big 12 tournament.

Performance I hope you witnessed: I voted Notre Dame's Ben Hansbrough the Big East's Player of the Year. So I can't join those who think Connecticut's Kemba Walker was slighted for that award because I'll never give Player of the Year honors to somebody whose team finishes in the bottom half of a league. That said, it's baffling that Walker wasn't a unanimous all-league selection, and he showed why in the Huskies' 79-62 win over the Chris Wright-less Georgetown Hoyas in the second round of the Big East tournament. Walker was 10-of-18 from the field. He finished with 28 points. "I think he's the best player in the country," said UConn coach Jim Calhoun. "That should be more important."

Performance I hope you missed: UCF's 75-60 loss to East Carolina means the Knights, in a span of three months, transformed from a nationally ranked team with non-league wins over Florida and Miami into a nationally unranked team that was bounced in the first round of its league tournament. Marcus Jordan was 1-of-9 from the field with four turnovers against the Pirates. It was a fitting ending to a strange season.

Three other things worth noting

1. Baylor's bad day that started with the announcement that star freshman Perry Jones has been suspended because of a violation of NCAA rules ended with an 84-67 loss to Oklahoma in the first round of the Big 12 tournament. So the Bears' season began with their best guard (LaceDarius Dunn) suspended and it will end with their best big (Jones) suspended. It'll also end in the NIT, most likely.

2. Marquette's 67-61 win over West Virginia in the second round of the Big East tournament ensured the Golden Eagles won't have to spend Selection Sunday worrying whether they're in or out. They're in. Safely. Regardless of what happens Thursday against Louisville.

3. Manhattan fired Barry "Slice" Rohrssen on Wednesday while Northern Illinois fired Ricardo Patton. There will be more firings Thursday, I'm certain. It's that time of the year, you know?

Final thought: Texas Tech announced early this week that Pat Knight won't return next season.

Lots of possible replacments have been mentioned.

I'd hire Billy Gillispie.

Yes, I know Gillispie has had issues, and those must be addressed. But don't let two weird years at Kentucky make you forget that he was considered among the nation's best and hottest coaches just four years ago, and that he earned that reputation by winning at two Texas schools (UTEP and Texas A&M).  At Kentucky, Gillispie was out of his element, and he didn't handle it well. A subsequent drinking-and-driving arrest further damaged his reputation, but it should be noted that he's stayed free of negative headlines for the past 18 months. That's not everything. But it's something.

Bottom line, Gillispie's pros outweigh his cons at a place like Texas Tech.

I bet he would win there if given the chance.

Since: Jul 24, 2007
Posted on: March 10, 2011 9:46 pm

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I'd have taken ND and given the two points if I were a gambler.  But I don't typically bet on things I have no say in. Black jack is one thing, a team I have no control over is a whole 'nother thing. As for reputation, I don't have much say in that do I? I just write what I want to write. Just like you. You were sad that Cincy wasn't mentioned. I got that fact. My point was, "what's the big deal?" You had a problem with that, and on it went. I thought Cincy played well against USF as I stated. But today was a completely different situation. Cincy got thrashed. I agree with you on that. They really did suck. That's the only way to explain how a team gets blown out by 38 in the conference tourney.

Since: Mar 10, 2011
Posted on: March 10, 2011 9:24 pm

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just lol at everything you try to claim.  i made a simple comment about why was there game the ONLY BE game that wasnt mentioned in the entire article.  If you could wrap your brain around that, you probably wouldnt have wasted as much of your life acquiring a "repuation" on a sports forum making posts for the last 4 years.

Point blank, If you were so confident they were gonna get trounced tonight, Im sure youre rolling in the money seeing as ND was a WHOPPING 2 POINT FAVORITE.  Vegas just regularly gets point spreads dramatically wrong right?  i mean really.

As for cincy tonight though. whta do you want me to say.  they flat out sucked, and notre dame was great.  Nothing changes my original point that it was moronic to not include a SINGLE SENTENCE about their win.  nothin more, nothin less.  So keep trying to twist things around.

Hell, kenpom had the game as 50/50 prop before the start.  So, really, you shouldve made some major money tonight.  Oh wait, youre prob gonna claim some "moral highground" as to why you didnt bet on the game.

Since: Jan 26, 2009
Posted on: March 10, 2011 9:08 pm

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The best player in the country shouldn't go through a 10 game shooting slump in the middle of the season when you only play 30 games. Walker is a great player but way to inconsistent to be a 1st team all american or BE player of the year. 

Since: Jul 24, 2007
Posted on: March 10, 2011 9:07 pm

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It would put Colorado in the tournament where as yesterday they weren't.

Since: Jul 24, 2007
Posted on: March 10, 2011 9:06 pm

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Ervin, I'm guessing we'll hear about Cincy in Thursday's Wrap Up. They were so tough against USF what happened when they played an upper echelon team? Wow, can you say blow out? I guess you knew that Cincy was going to get trounced, so you complained about the only news a Cincy fan would want to hear on Wednesday. I understand now. Did you figure that any team would beat them by 38? How does a good team get beat by 38 the week before the dance? I guess ND should be a #1 seed. I'm guessing you think that too. Rece Davis just commented on the 38 point blowout. His comment was, "a 38 point victory for the Irish, a game that was not nearly as close as the score indicated." How bad is Cincy? Should they be dancing?

Since: Jan 4, 2009
Posted on: March 10, 2011 12:24 pm

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What would Colorado beating Kansas State prove? Colorado has already beaten K State twice this season. Somehow no one lists their win at Missouri as a quality win. I know they are a 16 seed but I think this team has earned the chance to go.

Since: Oct 12, 2007
Posted on: March 10, 2011 11:41 am

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I am going to laugh when Virginia Tech loses tonight, then expects to get in on Sunday, and then their coach will be on ESPN crying on how good is team is. That team can't help but follow up 1 good win with 3 bad losses.

Since: Mar 10, 2011
Posted on: March 10, 2011 11:41 am

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First, if they lost to S fla, i have no issue with negative press.  Thatd be a bad loss, no matter how anyone slices it.  And thats fine by all standards.

Second, whether I should be happy my team is dancing or not, is pretty irrelevant to my point, which is how is their not one sentence even mentioning the score of the game.  Like i said, its as if they dont exist on a national level.

Its not a matter of not complaining about not getting a headline.  Surely they should not/would not get a headline for yesterdays win, but not even one sentence in a whole blog post that mentions every other big east tournament game, long island, and some teams that arent even gonna be in the tourney (baylor, nebraska) I just dont understand why theres not one sentence about "cincy keeps looking strong, winning the games theyre sposed to." 

Dont think thats asking for too much.

Since: Jul 24, 2007
Posted on: March 10, 2011 11:29 am

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Ervin - What are you complaining about? Not enough press for Cincy? Shouldn't you be happy this team is dancing? They started the year just like Central Florida, (which was mentioned) but did get better throughout the course of the season. I've knocked Cincy all year long because they played the weakest non conference schedule in the land. I give them credit because they didn't end up losing 10 games, which is what I predicted they would do. Yesterday's game was a great win for Cincy. I was impressed with their defense and Yancy Gates is a monster. But it really was a game they were expected to win and even if they lost, they'd still be dancing. So, complaining that they don't get their props is pretty ticky tack. If they lost yesterday, there would have been more press than you would care to get, don't you think?

Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: March 10, 2011 11:28 am

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I bet Gillispie will get a few offers...if Texas Tech can get him, they should.

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