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Stanley Burrell thinks the A-10 is pathetic

Posted on: March 11, 2008 2:48 pm
Edited on: March 12, 2008 3:23 am

Athletes always act like they don't care about awards.

And it's ridiculous.

I mean, actors care about awards, as do musicians and writers and all sorts of people from all areas of life. And we all admit it pretty openly. But for some reason athletes have been brainwashed taught to insist awards don't matter, which is why Xavier's Stanley Burrell might be my new favorite player.

Because he cares about awards.

And he doesn't mind telling you how much he cares.

For proof, I turn to Dustin Dow's story in the Cincinnati Enquirer that detailed Burrell's meltdown upon learning no Xavier players were named first team all-conference in the Atlantic 10. Here's the lead quote: "This league is pathetic," Burrell said. "We went 14-2, top 10 in the nation. Forget first team, Josh (Duncan) is probably the player of the year. You've got the best team and nobody on the first-team all-conference team? It's ridiculous. You talk about not having motivation? We got plenty now. I'm really looking forward to Atlantic City now."

Trust me, it gets better.

Here's the link.

Category: NCAAB

Since: Jun 7, 2007
Posted on: March 13, 2008 9:37 am

Stanley Burrell thinks the A-10 is pathetic

It's not too bad... but it's not impressive.

The win over Kansas State was played in Cincinnati... I wouldn't call that a neutral game, and it's been well-documented how horrible K-State's road/home splits are.

Wins over IU and Kent State are nice... however, those are neutral court wins, and I specifically mentioned their road record. But yes, those are good wins.

Road losses: Miami (OH): not a good team. Arizona State: decent team, unlikely to receive an at-large bid, and they got blown out. Temple: Blown out. St. Joe's: Joe's controlled the game... final score not indicative of the Hawks 10-point lead throughout most of the 2nd half.

Out of the 5 teams you mention, only 2 were truly road games, and if Auburn wasn't in the SEC, nobody would be pointing out that win. Out of all the road wins, UMass is "impressive" to me, and that's it. URI, Dayton, Charlotte... not bad, but if your entire starting five should be the first team all-conference, you should probably beat this group by more than a combined 12 points.

Their average scoring margin at home was +21.5 points... extremely impressive on an absolute basis. However, I don't see any tournament games scheduled at the Cintas Center.

Since: Jan 18, 2008
Posted on: March 13, 2008 12:30 am

Stanley Burrell thinks the A-10 is pathetic

Scott Cacciatore disagrees with Stanley Burrell partly

The Atlantic Ten college basketball conference is just not very good but they have one very good team in Xavier.  Xavier has already beaten Virginia, Kansas st, Creighton, Indiana, Auburn in blowout fashion.  They have also mowed through their league.  They also only lost by 7 points to Tennessee and trust me the Volunteers are extremely talented and they can easily win it all.    They are very well balanced as they habe 6 players all averaging about 10 points.  They also have some depth on the bench.  Drew Lavender is a very good not so well know point guard and Xavier plays very good defense.  They should not be ranked 8th in the nation as the current polls suggest, but they are very good nonetheless and they give cops credibility to the Atlantic Ten.  Yes the rest of the conference is not that great but Xavier is a type of team that can surprise teams in the tourney. 

Scott Cacciatore will have full college BB analysis of the tourney once the brackets some out Sunday night.  Let the madness begin.

Since: Feb 10, 2008
Posted on: March 12, 2008 9:43 pm

Stanley Burrell thinks the A-10 is pathetic

good for Stan.  he was simply sticking up for his teammates and I'm glad to see it.  Parrish's article was extremely negatively slanted.  Click on the link to read the entire article.  He was not calling the A-10 pathetic, he was calling the selection committee pathetic.  regardless, this will definitely give Xavier even more motivation now.  I'd be scared if my team were playing them in the tourney.  also, I agree that their starting five, should probably be the entire first team, and Josh Duncan is no-question the POY in the A10 this year.  in conference play, he's averaging over 15 pts per game...

Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: March 12, 2008 5:08 pm

Stanley Burrell thinks the A-10 is pathetic

Rep:  I don't know, 10-4 on neutral/road isn't too bad including wins vs. Kansas State, UMass, Indiana, Kent State and Auburn-4 of those are NCAA teams

Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: March 12, 2008 4:01 pm

Stanley Burrell thinks the A-10 is pathetic

Stanley needs to quit his whining and go out and win games.  Obviously, they have been doing that all year and that should give him much more satisfaction than awards.  Just ask Kevin Durant from last year, he has said that he would glady have given up the POY trophy for the team to win a title.  Awards are a nice bonus but winning is what should matter...period.

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: March 12, 2008 11:32 am

Stanley Burrell thinks the A-10 is pathetic

Stanely Burrell and the Muskies are going to use this slight, and the BS non call last year against the Luckeyes, to dance long and far this year.  There is no better defender in the nation than Burrell, nor is there any better coach.  Senior guards, balanced scoring, very good team D, sounds like a recipe for X to go deep, cutting the nets on their region, just watch.


Since: Jun 7, 2007
Posted on: March 12, 2008 9:59 am

Individual awards, not team awards

Maybe Burrell just needed to create a way to motivate a team who despite the solid record, does not have the most impressive of road records. The fact of the matter is, All-Conference awards are given to outstanding individual players. Hands down, Xavier is the class of the A-10... but it's because they have the best group of guys 1 through 6, not because they have a great individual player with surrounding role players. Apparently, this is a simple concept that as someone said, a future coach such as Burrell, cannot grasp.

Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: March 11, 2008 8:54 pm

Stanley Burrell thinks the A-10 is pathetic

Stan the Man is always pumped up and ready to take on the world. He's definitely a positive attribute to this great X team. He has grown into such an awesome well rounded player (especially on D) this year. He probably could have played the way he did his first three seasons and put up 1st team offensive numbers, but thank God he didn't and became a team player. Way to stick up for your team ,Stan! You are a true Motivator.   GO MUSKIES!!!!

 P.S.  He will be a Head Coach in the NCAA one day. Mark my word.

Since: Nov 27, 2007
Posted on: March 11, 2008 7:50 pm

Stanley Burrell thinks the A-10 is pathetic

He was dead-on in regards to one thing:  The A-10 is pathetic. 

Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: March 11, 2008 7:34 pm

Stanley Burrell thinks the A-10 is pathetic

There is nothing different here than in the Big 12 with no Kansas players on the !st. team. On the A.P poll not the Coaches.

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