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From unranked in January to the Elite Eight

Posted on: March 25, 2011 3:14 am
Edited on: March 25, 2011 10:36 am
NEW ORLEANS -- Two of the following four schools will make the Final Four:
  • Connecticut
  • Arizona
  • Butler
  • Florida
That's the result of a wild Thursday night of college basketball that featured underdogs winning three of four Sweet 16 games. Nevermind what the upsets did to your bracket (or, if you're a gambler, bank account). The wildest thing is how it opened doors for teams that just two months ago didn't figure to accomplish much. The West Regional final features a No. 3 seed (Connecticut) against a No. 5 seed (Arizona) while the Southeast Regional final features a No. 2 seed (Florida) against a No. 8 seed (Butler). Three of those four teams were unranked on Jan. 17, but two of them are now guaranteed to play in Houston next weekend.

Meantime, five of the teams ranked in the top six of the preseason AP poll are done.

Duke included.

So I can't help but wonder what's next.

Richmond over Kansas?

Marquette over North Carolina?

VCU vs. Butler in the Final Four?

All of those things seem improbable.

But nights like Thursday night have a way of making unrealistic scenarios seem possible.
Category: NCAAB

Since: Dec 2, 2009
Posted on: March 27, 2011 5:36 pm

From unranked in January to the Elite Eight

You guys arguing that Parrish is out of touch or misinformed because he didn't have your team ranked at some point during the season, are douchebags.  Seriously, just enjoy your team making a great run in the tournament.  Just because they do DOES NOT MEAN they deserved the recognition and had the resume suggesting they would do so during the season.  Anyone trying to claim VCU or Butler were two of the best 4 teams going in to the tournament would be an idiot, because they weren't that.  They are there now though.  And why is that? Because the best team DOES NOT ALWAYS WIN in this tournament.  Get a clue.  The tournament is wild, crazy things happen, teams that shouldn't win, win... constantly.  It doesn't mean all those teams were disrespected during the season, it means they hadn't shown themselves to be that kind of team up to that point. It's all about the resume, what have you shown.   Th
at's all that someone like Parrish has to go off of, the objective data.  He does as good of a job at it as anyone does.  Quit being homers for like 5 seconds and realize that these guys aren't out to get your teams, or hate your conference, they are the ones without an agenda, you are the ones rooting for your team.  Enjoy your team's moment, instead of trolling message boards, douches.

Since: Mar 25, 2011
Posted on: March 26, 2011 5:14 pm

From unranked in January to the Elite Eight

Parrish didn't have Arizona ranked in mid-March.  Everyone else did.  That's a lot different.

No, we couldn't do anything about BYU.  Jimmer on the Salt Lake City stage was too much for us.  Arizona's loss to Oregon St got way to much mileage.  Some of the smaller teams that had beaten OSU turned out to be league champions of the own and OSU, while inconsistent, wasn't that bad.  They hung an "L" on Washington, too.

The bottom line is that there are eight teams left and the Pac10 has as many survivors as the Big East; at least until later tonight.  Arizona has a good chance with the players that they have on the court and on the bench.  UConn has stood the test of time as a perennial power in the tournament but at least it should be interesting, regardless of what Parrish says.

Since: Jul 24, 2007
Posted on: March 26, 2011 2:45 pm

From unranked in January to the Elite Eight

I hate to say it but Parrish was right. I agreed with every Wildcat fan on this board, but what Parrish told me when I emailed him in January, was that Arizona hadn't beaten anyone and had lost to the only two ranked teams we played. Add to that, the loss at OSU and we really looked bad in the RPI and honestly, he was right. The Cats schedule this year wasn't a LUTE type schedule, but after 16-15 last year, we needed an easier schedule just to get some wins. That's why we weren't ranked. I've tried to argue the point that we had all these wins, taht a phantom foul on Williams against Kansas cost us the game, but couldn't do anything about being destroyed by BYU. But, all that said, The Cats Are Back! In a big way. I did have them into the final four beating UConn in my bracket, but losing to OSU in the Final Four. The last, and only time I didn't pick the Cats to win it all was 1997. I'm hoping for the same result though. I beat up on Parrish all year long, but in January he was right not to have us ranked, although I hate to admit it.

Since: Mar 25, 2011
Posted on: March 26, 2011 10:49 am

From unranked in January to the Elite Eight

In two of his The Poll Attacks columns (Jan 3 & Feb 21), Parrish goes out of his way to trash Arizona.  His big beef was that they didn't have any good wins.  Well, if you're playing in your conference schedule, and your team is performing well but nobody (or only one other team) is ranked, there isn't a heck of lot that you can do. 

Right now Arizona is in a position to advance to the Final Four.  They might not but they've got a fair chance.  What's Parrish going to say then? 

I think that he should give up blogging on NCAA hoops and write a column about shuffleboard.  It's more his speed. 

Since: Mar 12, 2007
Posted on: March 25, 2011 10:39 pm

From unranked in January to the Elite Eight

Parrish has completely lost any credibility in college basketball.   The AP and Coaches recognized the quality of team that Sean Miller developed, yet Parrish did not even have him in his top 26.  And then they go on and beat Texas and rrrrrip Duke.  Not sure who is more detached from reality, Parrish or Dookey V.
He gave no respect to the PAC10....which likely would have two more teams in the Sweet 16 if not for playing high seeded teams at their home courts (UW vs UNC at Charlotte, UCLA vs Florida at Tampa).  

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: March 25, 2011 12:19 pm

From unranked in January to the Elite Eight

Gary was busy trying to squeeze a 12th Big East team into his Top 26, TucsonJoe.  Tongue out

Since: Mar 25, 2011
Posted on: March 25, 2011 6:29 am

From unranked in January to the Elite Eight

It's true that Arizona wasn't ranked in the Coach's or AP polls in mid-January.  But Gary, how do you justify not having Arizona not ranked in your own Top 26 in your FINAL poll of the season?  The RPI had them ranked 18.  They won the Pac10 regular season out right and they barely lost the Pac10 tournament by a whisker.  Do you have that little respect for the Pac10 as a whole or is it something else?  

You can't be that much out of touch, could you? 

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: March 25, 2011 4:33 am

From unranked in January to the Elite Eight

A Butler/VCU final would be fantastic, from my point of view, but it would almost certainly cause heart attacks in the ranks of NCAA and television execs.  Never mind that it would prove that the tournament IS equal opportunity, and that the champion actually IS the best team, playing the best basketball at the right time; people are going to flip if such a thing happens.  I'm sure the bid process, the seeding process, the pod process, and the process of dividing up the monies would all be revisited.  And, certainly, a host of louts will complain that no one wants to see Butler and VCU play for anything, that this was a joke, a fluke, blah, blah blah.

I'd still love to see it.

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