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Texas is the best underdog ever

Posted on: February 12, 2008 2:32 pm
 
DALLAS, Texas -- Naturally, my connection is delayed here at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

I'm not sure why I assumed it wouldn't be.

But the extra time has given me a few minutes to get a few things accomplished -- like return some emails, review some notes and spend $5 sitting in one of those First Class Seats massage chairs here in the airport. Seemed like a good idea when I walked passed it, to just plop down, do some reading and get a massage in a massage chair. I thought it would relax me. But it was one of the most unnecessary and painful experiences of my life, just two hard round things beating the crap out of my back until I tapped out and turned the machine off.

It didn't feel great.

It just hurt.

It's a terrible invention.

I hate massage chairs.

So now I'm back reviewing notes, and an interesting one from last night's Texas-Kansas game is that the Longhorns now have wins against three of the top six teams in the country. They've beaten No. 3 Kansas (at home), No. 4 Tennessee (on a neutral site) and No. 6 UCLA (on the road), and just wait and see how angry John Calipari will be on Selection Sunday if his Memphis Tigers get a No. 1 seed in the South Region and end up having to play what would essentially be a road game against Texas in Houston for the right to go to the Final Four.

Imagine being undefeated and the No. 1 overall seed and having to play a state school inside its state, and then realizing Texas has already beaten three other elite teams. My guess is that would be what officially sends Calipari over the edge. But either way, it would make for an entertaining press conference with lots of good conspiracy theories, and I love entertaining press conferences with lots of goods conspiracy theories.
Category: NCAAB
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Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: March 23, 2008 3:49 am
 

Texas is the best underdog ever

Still think Kansas isn't that strong?

And I remember UCLA have average-to-good size...Texas beat them too. If you knew as much as you like to think, you'd know that Texas' weakness is not big teams, it's smaller quick teams. It wasn't Jones that beat Texas when they played your Ags...it was Josh Carter and Dominique Kirk. If Texas loses, it won't be because of the Lopez twins or Kevin Love. It will be the quick dribble-drive players on Memphis.




Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: March 20, 2008 5:06 pm
 

Texas is the best underdog ever

Parrish--Glad to see someone stand up for what makes the March Madness truly what it is--the presence of mid-majors and even low-majors.  I tried to watch the four letter network's bracket television show and couldn't even make it to the brackets.  Jay Bilas is an ignorant ass.  What does he and Digger and the others (Coach Knight excepted--his players are scholar athletes in the truest sense) think that we should have?  Something like a combination between the BCS and the NBA playoffs--college basetball finally becomes NBA minor leagues.  Bilas said on tv this afternoon that there are "way too many Div I teams."  So, where would you make the cutoff?  Can the A-10 be in your NCAA tournament?  How about the oldest athletic conference in the country, the MVC?  No Horizon?  How about the West Coast conference?  How about the historic Ivy League or the Patriot League?   You're God, Bilas, you decide.  There are those of us who could decide much better, however--those of us who have attended NCAA basketball colleges and games that are lower than Div I Major.  I am a grad of Drake in the MVC, Denver in the Sun Belt, and Buffalo in the MAC (Yes, grad of all three-I was in college a long time.)  I am a fan of all those leagues.  The MAC and MVC regularly place teams in the Sweet Sixteen.  Which must really upset Digger and Bilas.  Root for the non-Majors!  Go Bulldogs!




Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: March 20, 2008 5:05 pm
 

Texas is the best underdog ever

Parrish--Glad to see someone stand up for what makes the March Madness truly what it is--the presence of mid-majors and even low-majors.  I tried to watch the four letter network's bracket television show and couldn't even make it to the brackets.  Jay Bilas is an ignorant ass.  What does he and Digger and the others (Coach Knight excepted--his players are scholar athletes in the truest sense) think that we should have?  Something like a combination between the BCS and the NBA playoffs--college basetball finally becomes NBA minor leagues.  Bilas said on tv this afternoon that there are "way too many Div I teams."  So, where would you make the cutoff?  Can the A-10 be in your NCAA tournament?  How about the oldest athletic conference in the country, the MVC?  No Horizon?  How about the West Coast conference?  How about the historic Ivy League or the Patriot League?   You're God, Bilas, you decide.  There are those of us who could decide much better, however--those of us who have attended NCAA basketball colleges and games that are lower than Div I Major.  I am a grad of Drake in the MVC, Denver in the Sun Belt, and Buffalo in the MAC (Yes, grad of all three-I was in college a long time.)  I am a fan of all those leagues.  The MAC and MVC regularly place teams in the Sweet Sixteen.  Which must really upset Digger and Bilas.  Root for the non-Majors!  Go Bulldogs!



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Since: Apr 14, 2007
Posted on: February 12, 2008 6:00 pm
 

Texas is the best underdog ever

Texas would be even better if they knew how to run a real offense.  There's too much standing around and too much "let's give the ball to DJ and see if he can bail us out."  What happened last night when Abrams finally started moving without the ball and not simply settling for 3's?  Not only was he getting layups and open jumpers, but it took his guy out of his rhythm and had a ripple effect on the rest of the team.  Barnes gets the playas down here in Austin, but time will tell if he gets down the X's and O's as well.



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: February 12, 2008 5:42 pm
 

Texas is the best underdog ever

Texas is a really really good team...and just imagine how good they might be with kevin durant......well maybe not.I would hate to be the #1 seed and have texas in my bracket.They are giant killers for sure.They have pretty much all the tools to make a run..a great point gaurd,several scoring options and pretty good defense when they need it.They also have incredible hustle and some serious heart.

I would love to see texas be in the memphis bracket...i think your right though,that would send cal over the edge for sure.

What do you think about his comments saying that tennessee wished the city of memphis would die??I know its just cal being cal but dont you think it might have been just a little too much??




Since: Feb 8, 2007
Posted on: February 12, 2008 5:10 pm
 

Texas is the best underdog ever

There's a chance Tennessee and Memphis could be No. 1 seeds regardless of whether UT beats Memphis and depending on what UCLA, Kansas, Duke, North Carolina and, perhaps, Texas do down the stretch. But it seems Memphis is about as close to a sure thing as a No. 1 seed as there is at this point because the Tigers just don't face the same risk of losing to a quality opponent every week the way those other schools do in their leagues. But if the NCAA Tournament started today your No. 1 seeds would likely be Memphis, Duke, Tennessee and Kansas, so it's not crazy to think two schools from the state could earn top seeds.

As for Memphis specifically, I can't see it entering Selection Sunday with more than one loss.

And the Tigers are likely to go undefeated.

But either way they will have the credentials of a No. 1 seed.



Since: Apr 4, 2007
Posted on: February 12, 2008 4:11 pm
 

Texas is the best underdog ever

When Tennessee beats Memphis here at the end of the season, will Memphis still be a #1 seed as a one-loss team. Or can Tennessee swipe the #1 seed away, if the run the table in the SEC and take the conference tourney. I know this isn't what your post is about, but just curious on your thoughts.  Personally I see Memphis getting upset this week by either Houston or UAB, call me crazy, but its going to happen. Good read GP, another good blog.


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