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Agree, OLNWFLSH. Dambrot has nothing to be ashamed of. He's done a fantastic job at Akron.
03-12-2017 08:41 AM
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It is funny the #1 seed rarely wins this thing. Akron is 2013 and Kent in 2008 were the 2 recents I can think of. I almost hope we don't get a #1 seed in the furure.
03-12-2017 08:54 AM
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AlphaFlash, that is because in the MAC the #1 seed is rarely that much better, if at all, then the #2 and even several more. Even in 2001 and 2002 Kent State had tough games in the tournament, especially in the finals with Miami and Bowling Green.
03-12-2017 09:16 AM
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I mean, look at this year - Akron was #1 and Kent State #6, yet in the regular season they split- both on the other's home court. Obviously, at least the top 6 seeds had an excellent chance. And Kent State barely got by, at home, against #11. Incredible balance most years in the MAC.
03-12-2017 09:20 AM
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I think most one bid conferences are the same way. Playing each other year after year tends to make teams all start to look alike. There's always a few poorly coached or unlucky teams in a Conference but for the most part scores are close especially when games are played on neutral courts. Also the three games in three nights is tough to accomplish even if you are a strong Number one seed. A team that wins 80% of its games only wins three in a row 50% of the time. Also they get to 80% only by beating up on the 9-12 seeds. It's more like 60% -70% when playing only the top 8 teams. The system is set up to make it difficult for a one seed to win the tournament. It still has the best chance but it's far from likely.
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03-12-2017 09:46 AM
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(03-12-2017 02:30 AM)perimeterpost Wrote:  Here's the original quote from Dambrot about Jaaron back during the post-game when Akron lost in Athens.-


Quote:..Simmons scored a career-high 38 points against Akron. That prompoted Akron coach Keith Dambrot to provide bulletin-board material for Simmons to use the rest of the season.

“We lost at Ohio when Jaaron Simmons gets 38,” Dambrot said last week after a 70-67 loss to Kent State. “I’m not sure if you don’t guard Simmons at all at the 3 line, he can get 38. That’s not an absurd statement. It’s a fact. It’s just one of those games.”

Simmons took the high road when asked about Dambrot’s comments Saturday.

“He lost. He was upset,” Simmons said. “I never let a man take my confidence. It’s as simple as that.”

I think we said very similar things after Indiana beat us in the NCAA.
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You had Akron, who was running away with league in January and early February and wished the tourney was then. Over the last month, KSU clearly became the best team in the conference and proved that with two wins over Akron, Buffalo, and Ohio in the last 3 weeks.

Even as the game was close last night, KSU dictated the action. Johnson was tremendous, and played a tough championship game, but beyond him, the Flashes were better at almost every position. Walker, Edwin, and Avery over Jackson, Robotham, and Cheatham all day. Hall and Johnson is basically a wash, but KSU was able to not double Johnson much and Akron had to double Hall almost every time he touched the ball, so defensive edge to KSU who was able to stifle the Akron outside game.

Sendy coached brilliantly the last half of the season and Dambrot's team peaked mid-season. College basketball is a March game. Teams that play their best basketball in January have a forgotten season.

It's great to be the face of the MAC again. Buffalo had a nice run, and it might have been Ohio had they not had the injury. But it's our time again!

Going to be a fun Selection Sunday!
03-12-2017 10:12 AM
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(03-12-2017 10:12 AM)axeme Wrote:  You had Akron, who was running away with league in January and early February and wished the tourney was then. Over the last month, KSU clearly became the best team in the conference and proved that with two wins over Akron, Buffalo, and Ohio in the last 3 weeks.

Even as the game was close last night, KSU dictated the action. Johnson was tremendous, and played a tough championship game, but beyond him, the Flashes were better at almost every position. Walker, Edwin, and Avery over Jackson, Robotham, and Cheatham all day. Hall and Johnson is basically a wash, but KSU was able to not double Johnson much and Akron had to double Hall almost every time he touched the ball, so defensive edge to KSU who was able to stifle the Akron outside game.

Sendy coached brilliantly the last half of the season and Dambrot's team peaked mid-season. College basketball is a March game. Teams that play their best basketball in January have a forgotten season.

It's great to be the face of the MAC again. Buffalo had a nice run, and it might have been Ohio had they not had the injury. But it's our time again!

Going to be a fun Selection Sunday!

Joe Lunardi and Jerry Palm of ESPN and CBS Sports both have us as a 15 seed playing Kentucky in Indianapolis.
03-12-2017 10:50 AM
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(03-12-2017 09:16 AM)Muskrat Wrote:  AlphaFlash, that is because in the MAC the #1 seed is rarely that much better, if at all, then the #2 and even several more. Even in 2001 and 2002 Kent State had tough games in the tournament, especially in the finals with Miami and Bowling Green.

Right you are Muskrat - I seem to recall that we had to beat BG three times and they ended the year with something like 6 losses - although not a Dakich fan I felt for their fans not getting an NCAA bid with that record. In the end we ended up highly ranked - wonder how they - BG - would have fared in the tourney given a chance. I have seen similar scenarios in other conferences like the Big Sky where the regular season champ has nice wins over PAC 10 but looses in conference tourney
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(03-12-2017 10:58 AM)OLNWFLSH Wrote:  
(03-12-2017 09:16 AM)Muskrat Wrote:  AlphaFlash, that is because in the MAC the #1 seed is rarely that much better, if at all, then the #2 and even several more. Even in 2001 and 2002 Kent State had tough games in the tournament, especially in the finals with Miami and Bowling Green.

Right you are Muskrat - I seem to recall that we had to beat BG three times and they ended the year with something like 6 losses - although not a Dakich fan I felt for their fans not getting an NCAA bid with that record. In the end we ended up highly ranked - wonder how they - BG - would have fared in the tourney given a chance. I have seen similar scenarios in other conferences like the Big Sky where the regular season champ has nice wins over PAC 10 but looses in conference tourney

One of the most intense MAC games I have ever seen was that '02 KSU team at Anderson Arena. Incredible game between two very hard-nosed teams and a crazy crowd in that little bandbox. I thought '02 BG was the best MAC team to ever not get an at-large bid.
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