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Yesterday was a good for Arkansas and Kentucky

Posted on: March 14, 2008 12:36 pm
 

John Pelphrey and Billy Gillispie must've sat around Thursday loving how the day unfolded because the teams coached by those men -- Arkansas and Kentucky -- are on the top end of the bubble (if there is such a thing) and practically everybody below them lost Thursday while the Hogs and Wildcats enjoyed first-round byes in the SEC tournament.

So if both schools lose Friday, yeah, they'll drop.

But could they really drop below all the other teams that dropped Thursday?

I doubt it. And the other great thing is that pretty much every bubble team is finished building its body of work outside of Temple, Saint Joseph's, Virginia Tech and perhaps Florida State. In other words, Arkansas and Kentucky are going to have a hard time dropping below the teams that lost yesterday that were already below them and there isn't a slew of schools on the outside of the bubble charging into the weekend.

Consequently, it seems Arkansas and Kentucky are probably safe regardless of the outcomes of their Friday games.

Still, my advice is to win them if you can.
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Since: Feb 9, 2008
Posted on: March 15, 2008 1:03 pm
 

Yesterday was a good for Arkansas and Kentucky

The best answer to this will be on Sunday, the committee will decide and UK will be in. Nova has an outside shot even after their loss. A&M has a better resume, however, resumes do not always tell all.

 




Since: Mar 1, 2008
Posted on: March 15, 2008 11:23 am
 

Yesterday was a good for Arkansas and Kentucky

Those games where transition games. Billy G. Is a new coach to this team. Most of this team was built by Tubby Smith and was used to Tubby ball. If you do not know KY has won 11 of the last 13 games they have played.Kentucky is one of the hottest teams in the country. Fickle? KY beat the once ranked # 1 seed VOLS in their first game and lost by 3 in the second game. Do you think Billy G. got SEC Co Coach of the year because he went 7-9 to start the season? Maybe he got the award because he turned the team around. Its not all about how you start the season, its how you finish.

Kentucky! RPI rank (47) SOS rank (13) Lost 2 of last 13 games. 14-2 in SEC=2nd place

Villanova? RPI rank (51) SOS rank (43) Lost 6 of last 13 Games including the Big East tourney. 9-9 in Big East= 8th place

Texas A&M? RPI rank (44) SOS rank (58) Lost 5 of last 13 games. 8-8 in Big 12= 6th place

Numbers tell the tale. I hope this helps you KUnY111.



Since: Feb 27, 2007
Posted on: March 14, 2008 5:58 pm
 

Yesterday was a good for Arkansas and Kentucky

Compare their resume against a team like Villanova or Texas A&M and they both have played better ball this season.
Kentucky: #47 RPI, 18-11, 4-6 RPI top 50, 5-10 RPI top 100, 1 sub-100 loss.
Villanova: #51 RPI, 20-12, 3-7 RPI top 50, 7-9 RPI top 100, 3 sub-100 losses (including a sub-200 loss).
Texas A&M: #44 RPI, 22-9, 4-6 RPI top 50, 7-9 RPI top 100, no sub-100 losses.

With A&M you might have a point, but Kentucky belongs ahead of Villanova (especially since they've been on a tear lately and Nova has been so-so).



Since: Mar 12, 2008
Posted on: March 14, 2008 4:35 pm
 

Yesterday was a good for Arkansas and Kentucky

I believe there is a problem with Kentucky being an at large. All this is for a sure thing first round knockout by whoever they play. The SEC is so weak this year that going 12-4 is not a big deal. How can you write off the huge loss at Vandy or the Gardner-Webb defeat. They are very fickle, and someone more deserving should be in if it not for the name Kentucky. Compare their resume against a team like Villanova or Texas A&M and they both have played better ball this season.



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