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RE: 2020 Conference USA Men's Baketball Performance Ratings
(03-09-2020 05:27 PM)Owl 69/70/75 Wrote:  So this is an awful conference and we are near the bottom of it? Not good.

I've been checking computer rankings, and found that C-USA is right in the middle - around 16th or 17th out of 32. I would say "mediocre" rather than "awful".
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(03-09-2020 11:54 PM)WRCisforgotten79 Wrote:  
(03-09-2020 05:27 PM)Owl 69/70/75 Wrote:  So this is an awful conference and we are near the bottom of it? Not good.
I've been checking computer rankings, and found that C-USA is right in the middle - around 16th or 17th out of 32. I would say "mediocre" rather than "awful".

Well behind all the basketball Power 6--Big East, ACC, B1G, XII, Pac-12, SEC--and all the other mid-majors--AAC, MW, MAC, A10--and even behind West Coast (largely on strength of Gonzaga), SunBelt, Mo Valley, and Southern. That may be 16 or 17 out of 32, but that means pretty firmly last among the conferences that are--or seek to be--truly nationally competitive. In terms of any our aspirational goals that is still pretty wretched. Of course, maybe we really could become Gonzaga and dominate this league.

My stated goals, several years ago, were to become Navy in football and Gonzaga in basketball, and maintain Rice in baseball, and average 35/7 (35,000 in football and 7,000 in basketball). The basketball goal is not doable in Tudor, so I would revise the goals to 30/4/4, 30,000/game in football, and 4,000/game in basketball and baseball. Those are going to be hard to do, and every year they get harder, but our achievements in women's sports (where the gap between the haves and have-nots are often larger) suggest those goals are still doable. We just need the right people on the bus, and in the right seats, to get there. I'm not sure we have either of those right now.
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(03-09-2020 05:21 PM)Jonathan Sadow Wrote:  What about the winner of the tournament? UTEP finished undefeated in Bonus Play, but you have to consider the fact that this record came against the bottom three teams in the standings in C-USA, and I doubt the Miners can get very far against teams not in Pod 3. I've already mentioned FIU's high median rating and standard deviation. If you want to win a single-elimination tournament, you can't have a poor game, and the Golden Panthers' propensity for throwing up a brick frequently makes me doubt they can go four consecutive games without doing so. Looking at the numbers, I'd go with Louisiana Tech: the Bulldogs finished tied for second in the conference, won three of four games against Pod 1 competition in Bonus Play, and have the top mean rating and lowest standard deviation, which means that they play at a high level but aren't as likely to have a bad game.

Whoever had "No one" in their C-USA basketball tournament office pool really cleaned up....
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