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RE: Pomeroy Update
(01-08-2018 01:26 PM)eich41 Wrote:  
(01-07-2018 09:28 AM)Old School Flash Wrote:  I've watched MAC basketball for over 40 years. The quality of play is probably about as bad as I've ever seen. I watched Kent vs CMU last night. Was intrigued with CMU's 12-2 record. A mediocre Kent team handled them pretty easily. This morning I looked at CMU's schedule and just what I thought. Not a quality win among the 12.

I think most of the league needs to schedule tougher teams and then they've gotta win a third of these games. That will get attention. Not loading up on cup cakes...

CMU had a weak OOC schedule. The only top 100 team they played was Michigan (CMU led the whole game until about 5 minutes to go), but they still took care of business in every game except UM and Southern Utah. That also including winning the Great Alaska Shootout, in a field that included Idaho who waxed WMU in Kalamazoo by 30. At the end of the day, CMU is probably a 100-150 type of team. What good would it have done them to schedule 8 top 50 teams only to lose to all of them? They could have definitely had a more challenging schedule, but it also doesn't make any sense to go get clobbered a dozen times just to say you played a tough OOC schedule.

I'm mainly referring to the top few teams in the league each year that feel they legitimately belong in the NCAA tourney. My point is you have to prove it by beating somebody. Over the years I've heard many MAC coaches who had good seasons (but lost deep in the MAC tourney) whine about how "their team belongs in the NCAA tourney" after they didn't get a bid. Dakich, O'Shea, Dambrot come to mind.

I'm also talking about scheduling middle of the pack P5 schools. Not a bunch of top 10 teams like the Duke's, Kentucky's, etc. Historically, the best MAC teams have beaten some of these schools and generally played most of them pretty tough.
01-08-2018 09:39 PM
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