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Both NMSU & Saint Mary’s look broken lately.
02-18-2018 02:52 AM
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Saint Mary's just suffered an upset, it happens. NMSU either wasn't very good to begin with or just hit a rough patch. Better to hit it now than in the conference tournament.
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NMSU's face wins aren't of any value except Miami. For example, they beat UTEP twice but they're 8-18 and lost a game to ODU last night 82-33. I repeat 82-33. Illinois is dead last in the B1G. So they got a lot of early season hype based off of fluff.
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(02-18-2018 04:54 AM)_C2_ Wrote:  NMSU's face wins aren't of any value except Miami. For example, they beat UTEP twice but they're 8-18 and lost a game to ODU last night 82-33. I repeat 82-33. Illinois is dead last in the B1G. So they got a lot of early season hype based off of fluff.


We've been playing with murder in our eyes the past few games but yeah, UTEP is bad. I hope they get a coach in there that can turn things around quickly.
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Vermont unable to lock up the America East title today after losing to Hartford by 1, their first conference loss since March 2016.
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Ok, maybe now it's time to pronounce Temple as dead. And, maybe this fascination with Nebraska lets up a bit after losing at Illinois.
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(02-19-2018 02:01 AM)The Cutter of Bish Wrote:  Ok, maybe now it's time to pronounce Temple as dead. And, maybe this fascination with Nebraska lets up a bit after losing at Illinois.

true. but just how good is Houston? I wonder what their upper limit is for seeding?
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(02-19-2018 02:05 AM)stever20 Wrote:  
(02-19-2018 02:01 AM)The Cutter of Bish Wrote:  Ok, maybe now it's time to pronounce Temple as dead. And, maybe this fascination with Nebraska lets up a bit after losing at Illinois.

true. but just how good is Houston? I wonder what their upper limit is for seeding?

Yeah, I see them as 7-seed material, in that stew of the 7-10 liners. Were they to win the AAC AQ, maybe a six...assuming they're getting at least Cincy again?

Seeding both Cincy and Wichita just got a bit more interesting.
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(02-19-2018 02:01 AM)The Cutter of Bish Wrote:  Ok, maybe now it's time to pronounce Temple as dead. And, maybe this fascination with Nebraska lets up a bit after losing at Illinois.

Temple still has plenty of life but now has almost zero margin for error. Nebraska has life too as long as they win the games they should. A big win wouldn't hurt either and would solidify a bid.
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(02-19-2018 02:34 AM)_C2_ Wrote:  
(02-19-2018 02:01 AM)The Cutter of Bish Wrote:  Ok, maybe now it's time to pronounce Temple as dead. And, maybe this fascination with Nebraska lets up a bit after losing at Illinois.

Temple still has plenty of life but now has almost zero margin for error. Nebraska has life too as long as they win the games they should. A big win wouldn't hurt either and would solidify a bid.

"Zero margin for error" is win the AAC AQ. They needed the head-to-head over Houston in the worst way...Houston went into Philly and thumped them. That's last-nail-in-the-coffin if there ever was.

Where are the tournament team wins for Nebraska? It's just that one home win against Michigan. I think what makes Nebraska legitimately worthy of discussion isn't the Big Ten record, but, how they stand compared to a St. Mary's or MTSU as at-large's.
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Wichita State is the game Temple's kicking themselves over. Win that and they'd totally be on the fence. But they control their own destiny as long as they win the games they should from here on out.

Nebraska has wins over Maryland and Michigan. Win the next three, including the Big Ten Tournament opener and I think they sneak in. Would the committee leave out a 13-5 Big Ten team? I don't see it, not if they also advance in their tournament. Should they lose however...
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(02-19-2018 03:31 AM)_C2_ Wrote:  Wichita State is the game Temple's kicking themselves over. Win that and they'd totally be on the fence. But they control their own destiny as long as they win the games they should from here on out.

They played like their season depended on that game in Wichita. Sunday was a team that threw in the towel.
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I think all eyes are on the Terps now, since Penn State couldn't get it done against Michigan last night. South Carolina may have popped Georgia's bubble (the SEC is a death march). UCF...RIP.

Virginia Tech stamped its ticket for sure last night.

Loyola takes the Valley. Vermont AmEast. Rhodie took a share of A10 in Philly the other night; can clinch outright tomorrow night on its own court.

Marquette refuses to fall victim to St. John's.
02-22-2018 09:33 AM
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St. Bonaventure is showing up in Lunardi's bracket, and is one of the last teams in, with Syracuse.

That's going to be one pair to watch. Syracuse's success is also the Bonnie's.

Some more conferences named their regular season champs over the last week/end: CoC, SDSU, UNCA, NKU, Murray State, Rider, and UNCG. You've got something like seven or eight single-bid conferences still figuring out the regular season these next few days just ahead of their conference tournaments. Crazy.
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(02-27-2018 09:33 PM)IWokeUpLikeThis Wrote:  What the hell?
http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketb...=400989973

I saw the score at 43-19 while watching another game and thought it was a typo at first.
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That's just the kind of season it's been. Like Boston College beating Duke or the big wins by Temple and St. John's.
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Ah, there you are, Rhode Island! I didn't recognize you there.

Seriously, between URI and St. Bonaventure, there's really only one bid there for the A10. One of these guys could be left at home, and if this keeps up, we might have a new holder of the highest non-major RPI snub. Both are in the RPI Top 25.

Not surprised by who did that to Rhodie. St. Joe's and Temple are the weirdest teams to figure out in D1. But, if SJU just clicked, the potential is there to ruin the A10 tourney.
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So, yeah, about Rhode Island and the A10 with two bids? It helps when UNL comes up short in the Big Ten. Penn State needs to win one against someone other than Ohio State to get back into this.

NIT picked up two AQ's last night with Rider and UNCA. MAAC's AQ is going to a sub-.500 team with Quinnipiac and St. Peter's in the final. You hear that, MEAC and SWAC? One of you guys might be off the hook for the play-in!
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Grambling is ineligible for the SWAC, which means it likely comes down to Texas Southern and Prairie View.
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