Category:NCAAB
Posted on: March 5, 2011 8:45 pm
 

Duke vs. North Carolina Minus Vitale

Nice to see unbiased Duke/North Carolina coverage for a change! Go Tar Heels!
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 28, 2011 2:41 pm
Edited on: February 28, 2011 2:48 pm
 

Schmolik 64 Update (2/28/11)

Hello, college basketball fans!

Welcome to the Feb. 28, 2011 update for the 2011 Schmolik 64. At the end of the regular season I will pick a complete NCAA bracket with the teams I think belong in the NCAA field and where they should be seeded. Up to then, there will be updates to see where your team stands if the season ended today (Records as of Sun. Feb. 27, 2011).

Until Championship Week, I will only seed the top 12 seeds. The bottom four seeds are usually reserved for one-bid conferences in which usually only the conference champion goes.
To accommodate this year's new "First Four" format, I am reserving two 12 seed lines for the "First Four." You should interpret these as being among the last teams to get into the field (although there could be exceptions based upon bracketing rules which prevent the actual last four from making the field). However, if only one team from a conference is listed, that team will not be placed in a First Four slot.

Until the final bracket, the No. 1 seeds will not be given ranks (although geographic placement will be considered) and no semifinal matchups will be provided.

For the record, I know there are 68 teams now but if I had my way there would still be just 64 teams and when I started the Schmolik 64 there were just 64 teams.

EAST REGIONAL (Newark, NJ Fri/Sun March 25-27)

Cleveland, OH (Fri/Sun March 18-20)
(1) Ohio State (27-2) vs (16)
(8) Cincinnati (22-7) vs (9) Old Dominion (24-6)

Charlotte, NC (Fri/Sun March 18-20)
(5) Georgetown (21-8) vs (12) First Four: UAB (20-7) vs Harvard (19-5)
(4) North Carolina (22-6) vs (13)

Tucson, AZ (Thur/Sat March 17-19)

(6) Texas A&M (21-6) vs (11) Missouri State (23-7)
(3) San Diego State (25-2) vs (14)

Chicago, IL (Fri/Sun March 18-20)
(7) Temple (22-6) vs (10) Michigan State (15-12)
(2) Notre Dame (23-5) vs (15)

SOUTHEAST REGIONAL (New Orleans, LA Thur/Sat March 24-26)

Cleveland, OH (Fri/Sun March 18-20)
(1) Pittsburgh (25-4) vs (16)
(8) Missouri (21-7) vs (9) Virginia Tech (19-8)

Tampa, FL (Thur/Sat March 17-19)
(5) UCLA (21-8)  vs (12) First Four: Michigan (17-12) vs Southern Mississippi (18-7)
(4) Florida (22-6) vs (13)

Tampa, FL (Thur/Sat March 17-19)
(6) Villanova (21-8) vs (11) Butler (20-9)
(3) Wisconsin (22-6) vs (14)

Tulsa, OK (Fri/Sun March 18-20)
(7) West Virginia (18-10) vs (10) Tennessee (17-12)
(2) Texas (24-5) vs (15)

SOUTHWEST REGIONAL (San Antonio, TX Fri/Sun March 25-27)

Tulsa, OK (Fri/Sun March 18-20)
(1) Kansas (27-2) vs (16)
(8) Utah State (25-3) vs (9) Florida State (20-8)

Tucson, AZ (Thur/Sat March 17-19)
(5) Vanderbilt (20-7) vs (12) Washington (19-9)
(4) Connecticut (21-7) vs (13)

Washington, DC (Thur/Sat March 17-19)
(6) Xavier (22-6) vs (11) Memphis (21-8)
(3) Louisville (22-7) vs (14)

Chicago, IL (Fri/Sun March 18-20)
(7) UNLV (22-7) vs (10) Marquette (18-11)
(2) Purdue (24-5) vs (15)

WEST REGIONAL (Anaheim, CA Thur/Sat March 24-26)

Denver, CO (Thur/Sat March 17-19)
(1) Brigham Young (26-2) vs (16)
(8) Kansas State (19-9) vs (9) Illinois (18-11)

Denver, CO (Thur/Sat March 17-19)
(5) Kentucky (20-8) vs (12) Princeton (21-5)
(4) St. John’s (19-9) vs (13)

Washington, DC (Thur/Sat March 17-19)
(6) Arizona (23-6) vs (11) St. Mary’s (21-7)
(3) Syracuse (24-6) vs (14)

Charlotte, NC (Fri/Sun March 18-20)
(7) George Mason (25-5) vs (10) Georgia (19-9)
(2) Duke (26-3) vs (15)

Seeds (listed East/Southeast/Southwest/West):
1. Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Kansas, BYU
2. Notre Dame, Texas, Purdue, Duke
3. San Diego State, Wisconsin, Louisville, Syracuse
4. North Carolina, Florida, Connecticut, St. John's
5. Georgetown, UCLA, Vanderbilt, Kentucky
6. Texas A&M, Villanova, Xavier, Arizona
7. Temple, West Virginia, UNLV, George Mason
8. Cincinnati, Missouri, Utah State, Kansas State
9. Old Dominion, Virginia Tech, Florida State, Illinois
10. Michigan State, Tennessee, Marquette, Georgia
11. Missouri State, Butler, Memphis, St. Mary's
12. Washington, Princeton (First Four: UAB, Harvard, Michigan, Southern Miss)

Big East (11)
Big Ten (6)
SEC (5)
Big 12 (5)
MWC (4)
ACC (4)
C-USA (3)
Pac-10 (3)
A-10 (2)
Colonial (2)
Ivy (2)
Horizon (1)
MVC (1)
WAC (1)
WCC (1)

Remaining Automatics (16)
Unclaimed Slots (2 - reserved for party crashers)

Compare my bracket to CBS Sports Bracketology and many others at Bracket Project's Bracket Matrix.

Please comment! I will assume you are 100% satisfied with this bracket if you don't!

 

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 21, 2011 6:45 pm
Edited on: February 22, 2011 5:53 am
 

Schmolik 64 Update (2/21/11)

Hello, college basketball fans!

Welcome to the second update for the 2011 Schmolik 64. At the end of the regular season I will pick a complete NCAA bracket with the teams I think belong in the NCAA field and where they should be seeded. Up to then, there will be updates to see where your team stands if the season ended today (Records as of Sun. Feb. 20, 2011).

Until Championship Week, I will only seed the top 12 seeds. The bottom four seeds are usually reserved for one-bid conferences in which usually only the conference champion goes.

To accommodate this year's new "First Four" format, I am reserving two 12 seed lines for the "First Four." You should interpret these as being among the last teams to get into the field (although there could be exceptions based upon bracketing rules which prevent the actual last four from making the field). However, if only one team from a conference is listed, that team will not be placed in a First Four slot.

Until the final bracket, the No. 1 seeds will not be given ranks (although geographic placement will be considered) and no semifinal matchups will be provided.

For the record, I know there are 68 teams now but if I had my way there would still be just 64 teams and when I started the Schmolik 64 there were just 64 teams.

Here's the bracket update for Feb. 21, 2011.

EAST REGIONAL (Newark, NJ Fri/Sun March 25-27)

Cleveland, OH (Fri/Sun March 18-20)
(1) Pittsburgh vs (16)
(8) Memphis vs (9) Florida State

Tucson, AZ (Thur/Sat March 17-19)
(5) Texas A&M vs (12) Princeton
(4) Vanderbilt vs (13)

Denver, CO (Thur/Sat March 17-19)
(6) Syracuse vs (11) Colorado State
(3) Arizona vs (14)

Chicago, IL (Fri/Sun March 18-20)
(7) Temple vs (10) Cincinnati
(2) Purdue vs (15)

SOUTHEAST REGIONAL (New Orleans, LA Thur/Sat March 24-26)

Cleveland, OH (Fri/Sun March 18-20)
(1) Ohio State vs (16)
(8) UCLA vs (9) Kansas State

Tampa, FL (Thur/Sat March 17-19)
(5) Connecticut vs (12) First Four – UAB/Valparaiso
(4) Florida vs (13)

Chicago, IL (Fri/Sun March 18-20)
(6) Missouri vs (11) Michigan
(3) Notre Dame vs (14)

Tucson, AZ (Thur/Sat March 17-19)
(7) Utah State vs (10) Georgia
(2) San Diego State vs (15)

SOUTHWEST REGIONAL (San Antonio, TX Fri/Sun March 25-27)

Charlotte, NC (Fri/Sun March 18-20)
(1) Duke vs (16)
(8) UNLV vs (9) Tennessee

Tampa, FL (Thur/Sat March 17-19)
(5) Xavier vs (12) Missouri State
(4) Louisville vs (13)

Charlotte, NC (Fri/Sun March 18-20)
(6) Kentucky vs (11) Butler
(3) Georgetown vs (14)

Tulsa, OK (Fri/Sun March 18-20)
(7) George Mason vs (10) Illinois
(2) Kansas vs (15)

WEST REGIONAL (Anaheim, CA Thur/Sat March 24-26)

Tulsa, OK (Fri/Sun March 18-20)
(1) Texas vs (16)
(8) Washington vs (9) Old Dominion

Washington, DC (Thur/Sat March 17-19)
(5) North Carolina vs (12) First Four: Michigan State/Cleveland State
(4) St. John’s vs (13)

Washington, DC (Thur/Sat March 17-19)
(6) Villanova vs (11) Southern Mississippi
(3) Wisconsin vs (14)

Denver, CO (Thur/Sat March 17-19)
(7) West Virginia vs (10) St. Mary’s
(2) Brigham Young vs (15)

Big East (10)
Big Ten (6)
SEC (5)
Big 12 (5)
MWC (4)
ACC (3)
C-USA (3)
Pac-10 (3)
A-10 (2)
Horizon (3)
Colonial (2)
Ivy (1)
MVC (1)
WAC (1)
WCC (1)

Remaining Automatics (16)
Unclaimed Slots (2 - reserved for party crashers)

Compare my bracket to CBS Sports Bracketology and many others at Bracket Project's Bracket Matrix.

Please comment! I will assume you are 100% satisfied with this bracket if you don't!

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 19, 2011 8:59 pm
 

"Screw Football" College Basketball Realignment

Hello, college basketball fans!

It seems like most of the changes in conference realignment have been decided primarily due to some other sport (one that can't spell the word playoff). The results of recent realignments have led to larger conferences (17 in the Big East, 14 in the A-10) and geographically spread out conferences (the Big East will stretch from Connecticut to Texas). Some of these moves have have put awful basketball teams into major conferences and diluted the product of these conferences.

So, I decided to make my own realignment. My main goals are to create more geographically friendly conferences which are more competitively balanced from a college basketball standpoint (upgrade teams that belong in stronger conferences and kick out the dead weight teams getting a free ride due to football or other reasons).

Here are my conferences:

ACC: Clemson, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Virginia, Wake Forest

Big East: Boston College, Connecticut, Georgetown, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Providence, Seton Hall, St. John’s, Syracuse, Temple, Villanova, West Virginia

Big 10: Butler, Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Marquette, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Purdue, Wisconsin, Xavier

Big 12: Arkansas, Baylor, Kansas, Kansas State, LSU, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Tulsa

SEC: Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Memphis, Miami, Mississippi, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Tennessee, UAB, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech

Mountain West: Air Force, Boise State, BYU, Colorado State, Fresno State, Gonzaga, Nevada, New Mexico, San Diego State, UNLV, Utah State, Wyoming

Great Midwest (New Conference): Creighton, DePaul, Iowa, Iowa State, Minnesota, Missouri State, Nebraska, Northern Iowa, Northwestern, Southern Illinois, St. Louis, Western Kentucky

Atlantic 10: Charlotte, Dayton, Duquesne, Fordham, George Washington, LaSalle, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Richmond, Rutgers, St. Bonaventure, St. Joseph’s

Conference USA: Central Florida, East Carolina, Houston, Louisiana Tech, Marshall, Rice, SMU, South Florida, Southern Mississippi, TCU, Texas El Paso, Tulane

Missouri Valley: Bradley, Drake, Eastern Illinois, Evansville, Illinois State, IUPU-Fort Wayne, IUPU-Indianapolis, Indiana State, Murray State, Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, Western Illinois, Wichita State

Horizon: Cleveland State, Detroit, Eastern Illinois, Green Bay, Illinois Chicago, Loyola (IL), Milwaukee Oakland, Wright State, Youngstown State

Sun Belt: Arkansas-Little Rock, Arkansas State, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Louisiana Lafayette, Louisiana Monroe, Middle Tennessee, North Texas, South Alabama, Texas-San Antonio, Texas State, Troy

Big West: Cal Poly, Cal State Fullerton, Cal State Northridge, Hawaii, Long Beach State, Pacific, Sacramento State, San Jose State,  UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, UC Santa Barbara

Big Sky: Eastern Washington, Idaho, Idaho State, Montana, Montana State, New Mexico State, North Dakota,  Northern Arizona, Northern Colorado, Portland State, Southern Utah, Weber State

WCC: Denver, Loyola Marymount, Pepperdine, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Seattle, St. Mary’s

Ohio Valley:  Austin Peay, Eastern Kentucky, Jacksonville State, Morehead State, Southeast Missouri State, Tennessee State, Tennessee Tech, Tennessee Martin

Summit/Great West (Merge): Chicago State, Houston Baptist, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Missouri-Kansas City, North Dakota State, Oral Roberts, South Dakota, South Dakota State, Texas-Pan American, Utah Valley

No changes: America East, Atlantic Sun, Big South, Colonial, Ivy, MAAC, MAC, MEAC, Northeast, Pac-12, Patriot, Southern, Southland (UT-San Antonio and Texas State are leaving), SWAC

WAC: RIP

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: February 14, 2011 6:26 pm
Edited on: February 16, 2011 7:06 am
 

Schmolik 64 Update (2/14/11)

Hello, college basketball fans!

Welcome to the first update for the 2011 Schmolik 64. At the end of the regular season, I will pick a complete NCAA bracket with the teams I think belong in the NCAA field and where they should be seeded. Up to then, there will be updates to see where your team stands if the season ended today (Records as of Sun. Feb. 13, 2011).

Until Championship Week, I will only seed the top 12 seeds. The bottom four seeds are usually reserved for one bid conferences in which usually only the conference champion goes from those conferences. For this year to accommodate the new "First Four" format, I am reserving two 12 seed lines for the "First Four". You should interpret these as being among the last teams to get into the field (although there could be exceptions based upon bracketing rules which prevent the actual last four from making the field).

Until the final bracket, the #1 seeds will not be given ranks (although geographic placement will be considered) and no semifinal matchups will be provided.

For the record, I know there are 68 teams now but if I had my way there would still be just 64 teams and when I started the Schmolik 64 there were just 64 teams.

Here's the bracket update for Feb. 14, 2011.

EAST REGIONAL (Newark, NJ Fri/Sun March 25-27)

Cleveland, OH (Fri/Sun March 18-20)
(1) Pittsburgh vs (16)
(8) Temple vs (9) Colorado State

Denver, CO (Thur/Sat March 17-19)
(5) Texas A&M vs (12) Cincinnati
(4) Arizona vs (13)

Chicago, IL (Fri/Sun March 18-20)
(6) Syracuse vs (11) Missouri State
(3) Wisconsin vs (14)

Charlotte, NC (Fri/Sun March 18-20)
(7) Tennessee vs (10) Valparaiso
(2) Duke vs (15)

SOUTHEAST REGIONAL (New Orleans, LA Thur/Sat March 24-26)

Cleveland, OH (Fri/Sun March 18-20)
(1) Ohio State vs (16)
(8) St. Mary's vs (9) Georgia

Washington, DC (Thur/Sat March 17-19)
(5) Xavier vs (12) First Four - Texas El Paso/Harvard
(4) Louisville vs (13)

Tampa, FL (Thur/Sat March 17-19)
(6) Missouri vs (11) UNLV
(3) Florida vs (14)

Chicago, IL (Fri/Sun March 18-20)
(7) George Mason vs (10) Illinois
(2) Notre Dame vs (15)

SOUTHWEST REGIONAL (San Antonio, TX Fri/Sun March 25-27)

Tulsa, OK (Fri/Sun March 18-20)
(1) Kansas vs (16)
(8) Florida State vs (9) Utah State

Tucson, AZ (Thur/Sat March 17-19)
(5) Vanderbilt vs (12) Princeton
(4) Connecticut vs (13)

Washington, DC (Thur/Sat March 17-19)
(6) St. John's vs (11) UAB
(3) Purdue vs (14)

Tucson, AZ (Thur/Sat March 17-19)
(7) UCLA vs (10) Marquette
(2) San Diego State vs (15)

WEST REGIONAL (Anaheim, CA Thur/Sat March 24-26)

Tulsa, OK (Fri/Sun March 18-20)
(1) Texas vs (16)
(8) Washington vs (9) Memphis

Tampa, FL (Thur/Sat March 17-19)
(5) Villanova vs (12) First Four: Butler/Michigan
(4) North Carolina vs (13)

Charlotte, NC (Fri/Sun March 18-20)
(6) Kentucky vs (11) Minnesota
(3) Georgetown vs (14)

Denver, CO (Thur/Sat March 17-19)
(7) West Virginia vs (10) Old Dominion
(2) Brigham Young vs (15)

Big East (11)
Big 10 (6)
SEC (5)
Big 12 (4)
MWC (4)
ACC (3)
C-USA (3)
Pac-10 (3)
A-10 (2)
Colonial (2)
Horizon (2)
Ivy (2)
MVC (1)
WAC (1)
WCC (1)
Remaining Automatics (16)
Unclaimed Slots (2 - reserved for party crashers)

Compare my bracket to CBS Sports Bracketology and many others at Bracket Project's Bracket Matrix.

Category: NCAAB
Tags: Schmolik
 
Posted on: April 23, 2010 6:52 pm
Edited on: April 24, 2010 6:27 am
 

Schmolik's Dream Big 10 Expansion

Hello, college basketball fans!

A big topic in the media these past few months has been the expansion of the Big 10 teams. Those of you who know me know I am an alum and huge fan of Illinois. I was at the 2005 game in Chicago when my Illini made the improbable comeback to beat Arizona in the Elite Eight to make the Final Four. In addition, I have a graduate degree from another Big 10 school. Penn State. So of course I am rooting for Big 10 expansion. While I may have a lot of preferred teams I also am realistic. While my favorite college sport of course is basketball, I do know football also counts, money also counts, and academics also counts. That being said, my dream expansion I feel is very reasonable on the other counts and would make the Big 10 arguably if not unarguably the best basketball conference in America.

My proposed expansion: Add Syracuse, Pittsburgh, and Connecticut.

Just see what happens to Big 10 basketball based upon NCAA tournament performance since 2000:

Current conference setups:

Big 10 as is:
92 wins, 22 Sweet 16, 9 Final Fours, 1 Championship (MSU 2000)

Big East as is:
115 wins, 33 Sweet 16, 8 Final Fours, 2 Championships (Syracuse 2003, UConn 2004)

ACC:
101 wins, 22 Sweet 16, 10 Final Fours, 5 Championships (Duke 2001 and 2010, North Carolina 2005 and 2009, Maryland 2002)

My proposal with Syracuse, Pitt, and UConn moving to the Big 10:

Pitt, Syracuse, and UConn: 49 wins, 15 Sweet 16's, 3 Final Fours, 2 Championships

Big 10 with the Big 3:
141 wins, 37 Sweet 16's, 12 Final Fours, 3 Championships

Big East without the Big 3:
66 wins, 18 Sweet 16's, 5 Final Fours, No Championships 

Not only would the new Big 10 clearly be better than the new Big East, the new Big 10 would rival the ACC (they would lead in every category except national championships, which of course is really the most important category).

Big 10 with the Big 3:
141 wins, 37 Sweet 16's, 12 Final Fours, 3 Championships

ACC:
101 wins, 22 Sweet 16, 10 Final Fours, 5 Championships (Duke 2001 and 2010, North Carolina 2005 and 2009, Maryland 2002)

Now of course the three I chose also have football teams. Pitt is a decent Big East football team. UConn is up and coming. Syracuse of course is awful now but they have had success in the past and have been a rivalry of Penn State before Penn State joined the Big 10. In terms of economics, Syracuse and UConn can help bring more fans from the Northeast including the New York market and in UConn's case most of New England into the Big 10. Pitt doesn't really add to the geographical mold but Pittsburgh isn't any slouch in terms of a market and while the Big 10 may have a following in Pittsburgh because of Penn State, they would all but own it if Pittsburgh joined the Big 10 and imagine how big Pitt/PSU and Pitt/OSU football games would be? As for academics, Pitt and Syracuse are AAU members
which is seemed by many to be a strong selling point to Big 10 candidacy. Connecticut is not an AAU member is but is ranked 66th according to US News & World Report magazine academically (Pitt is 56th and Syracuse is 58th). While none of the three is a slam dunk in any area except college basketball, I feel the total package of all three should be qualified candidates for Big 10 expansion.

Now the one team I don't want to see in the Big East that everyone says is a threat to join the Big 10? Rutgers. OK, the last time Rutgers made the NCAA tournament was 1991. Since the NCAA tournament field expanded in 1985, Rutgers is a great 0-2 in the NCAA's over a 26 year span. You can have UConn (2 NC's), Syracuse (1 NC), or Pitt (solid program last decade), or Rutgers. Now Rutgers is much better football school that Syracuse and probably better than UConn (Pitt and Rutgers about even). But basektball is miles ahead at the other three schools than Rutgers. Now of course football drives more tickets but here's why basketball is more important. Strength of schedule means a lot more in college basketball than college football. In college football, if you win seven games it doesn't matter who you play, you're going to a bowl. So what if two of our wins are UConn and Syracuse. They still count. By contrast, the Big 10 was doomed by three lousy RPI killers this season (Penn State, Indiana, and Iowa). We finished 10-8 in the Big 10 but had an RPI of 75, arguably the biggest reason Illinois missed the NCAA's and why Ohio State's RPI was in the 20s. Add Rutgers to that and see what happens. And I can live with a bad basketball team if they have a great football team (Penn State). Rutgers is an awful basketball team and an above average football team. Syracuse is an awful football team but a great basketball team. And I'll take Syracuse basketball over Rutgers football any day of the week. Heck, I'll take Syracuse football over Rutgers basketball any day of the week too. As for media, except for that run in 2006 does anyone in New York care about Rutgers any more than Syracuse or UConn? All three teams are pretty much fish out of water for most of the Big 10. But the one team that has a connection to any of the Eastern schools? Penn State. In the 80's, Penn State and Pitt was a huge in state rivalry. When Syracuse was good, Penn State and Syracuse was a big rivalry as well. Penn State never cared about Rutgers.

As for Rutgers, they should be happy to even be in the Big East. A long time ago, Rutgers and my local boys Temple were in the Big East in football. In the late 90's, both Temple and Rutgers sucked at football but Temple basketball was great with three NCAA Elite Eights between 1988 and 1993 and Rutgers basketball also sucked. Yet when the Big East wanted to grant access to Big East basketball and other sports, they chose Rutgers (and West Virginia, who sucked in basketball back then too). Then we all know Temple was kicked out of the Big East because they sucked at football. Yet Rutgers also sucked (it wasn't until the mid 2000's they got good) and got to stay. I have no love for Rutgers or the Big East. If my scenario takes place, Big East football gets burned to the ground and Rutgers goes with it. I certainly don't want to see Rutgers get saved by the Big 10 and Pitt and/or Syracuse get screwed over.

While my "Big 14" is great, it might be even better. Add Maryland and Notre Dame. In addition to two more good basketball programs, Maryland and Notre Dame are also fine academic institutions (Maryland is AAU), Maryland gives the Big 10 the DC area and I think Notre Dame sells itself. I don't think Maryland would want to leave the ACC to rival with just Penn State. But what if they could rival with Syracuse, Pitt, and UConn as well? They could join a more Northeastern league than the mostly southern ACC. They use to rival with Virginia but now Virginia Tech is Virginia's biggest rival and I don't see much a rivalry between Maryland and Boston College. And Notre Dame would have more reason to join the "Big 14" if the Big East lost three of its biggest basketball teams as well as three football teams. I don't think either Maryland or Notre Dame would join away but might join a better Big 10 (especially with a weakened Big East).

So my lineup (longshots in parentheses):

East: Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Connecticut, (Maryland)
West: Indiana, Purdue, Illinois, Northwestern, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, (Notre Dame)

To me and Big 10 basketball...
Pitt, Syracuse, and UConn to the Big 10? A SLAM DUNK!
Rutgers to the Big 10? AN AIR BALL!
Posted on: April 23, 2010 5:35 pm
 

Thoughts on College Basketball Expansion to 68

Hello, college basketball fans!

Big news in the college basketball world as the NCAA's will be going to 68. While I want it to go back to 64, 68 is a lot better than 96. Some talk is that the NCAA purposedly pushed 96 to make 68 look like a great thing and we all know it was a ploy to get a new TV contract (which they did).

Speaking of the new TV contract, of course the NCAA Final Four is headed to cable ... but in 2016. And after that, it will still be on CBS every other year up to 2023. I still think the Final Four deserves to be on free TV annually and the ratings justify it but this is a lot better than college football (and of course this actually is a playoff is also a great thing).  And at least ESPN didn't get it. I do realize cable TV has much more money to throw around (subscriber fees) but exposure is important too. Even if 90% of America has cable, how many of you would voluntarily cut off 10% of your audience? In the short term, you get more money but in the long run you hurt yourself. The NBA had a lot more playoff games on NBC before they moved most if not all of the conference finals games as well as the rest of the playoffs and the All Star game to cable. Ratings have plummetted. Of course, a lot of it is there is no Michael Jordan but still a lot less exposure. Same with baseball when only one LCS is now on free TV. What league by far is the most popular now? The league that has 95% of games on free TV in local markets and all of their playoff games. And the few cable games are shown locally on local stations. MLB doesn't even do that for playoff games. If you wanted to see my Phillies in the LCS last year, you had to get cable. The NFL actually cares about its fans and about the future instead of the present. They're also the only league where a large majority of games, including the Super Bowl, start before 7pm. Baseball went to all night games for the World Series and basketball to all night games for the NBA Finals, including on the weekends and Sundays. The NFL plays its Super Bowl around 6pm or 6:30pm. Would MLB or the NBA start a game that early on Sunday or Saturday? No. Most kids today may have never seen the end of a World Series or NBA Finals game. But they have seen the end of a Super Bowl. Guess which league these kids will watch 20 years from now.

As for the future play in round, I hope the NCAA finally comes to its senses and gives us the play in games that are fair and the play in games we want. Let's make the teams that actually "earned" their way in the field have to play an extra game to make the 64 while teams that barely get in get to the "main field". The last teams in the field should be happy they have a chance to make the field. Why take away a Winthrop's chance to play a Duke or a Kentucky and play in an arena with seven other teams and make them play in Dayton in front of few fans? Tell me this year you wouldn't have rather seen UTEP vs Illinois play for a 12 seed than Pine Bluff and Winthrop play for a 16? That being said, at least I am assuming they will play all four play in games in the same city and likely the same day so maybe the 8 teams will at least share an arena together before four of them go home. But if the NCAA wants to make more money and if CBS/Turner were smart, they would give us the play in games we all want, four play in games among at large games with the winners advancing as 12 seeds. Who knows, maybe one of these winners beats the 5 seed or even get to the Sweet 16. We know no 16 seed will ever win over a 1 in this format.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 14, 2010 5:09 pm
 

Final 2010 Schmolik 64 Final Comments

Hello, college basketball fans!

My final Schmolik 64 is complete. Here's my rationale behind my picks.

West Virginia got the last #1 seed over Duke. Winning the Big East tournament was in my opinion bigger than winning the ACC tournament. In addition, West Virginia also has wins over Villanova (at Villanova), Georgetown, and Pittsburgh. Similar logic holds as Georgetown is my last #2 seed over New Mexico. Despite their rough stretch, they won 6 games over teams in the top 15 RPI.

On the end, it came down to Illinois, Mississippi State, Rhode Island, Virginia Tech, and Florida. I'm sure most people have cried favoritism but I posted two polls on CBS Sports.com comparing the last few bubble teams. Illinois won both polls, one with the names and one with "blind resumes". Illinois was chosen despite having by far the highest RPI of the five teams. So technically I didn't pick Illinois, the fans at CBS Sports did. If the committee continues to go with "quality wins" as a big deciding factor, Illinois has three wins over top 25 teams, more than the other four teams combined. They also have the most top 50 wins (five). I think it's going to come down to these five for the last spot. I don't think Illinois should get in over Minnesota (Minnesota is also in).

Schmolik
Category: NCAAB
 
 
 
 
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