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Radbooks
03-12-2018, 01:57 PM
Lots out there to read and enjoy this time of year and so I thought I'd start a thread to keep everything in one place.

From the Spokesman-Review:

It all Started with a tip-in (http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2018/mar/12/it-all-started-with-a-tip-in-an-oral-history-of-go/)

20 for 20: Gonzaga basketball has produced plenty of memorable moments in NCAA Tournament run (http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2018/mar/12/20-for-20-gonzaga-basketball-has-produced-plenty-o/)

I'm sure there is a lot more out there!

caduceus
03-12-2018, 02:19 PM
Titus: NCAA Tournament Bracket Breakdown: The Good, Bad, and Matchups That Must Happen (https://www.theringer.com/2018/3/12/17108962/ncaa-tournament-selection-sunday-bracket-breakdown-regions)


West

Team that got screwed: Ohio State. The Buckeyes played Gonzaga in Portland earlier this season. It did not go well. Now, if Ohio State can get past South Dakota State on Thursday, it will almost certainly face the Bulldogs again. Only this time, instead of playing 350 miles from Gonzaga’s campus in Portland, the game would be played 370 miles from Gonzaga’s campus in Boise, Idaho. So that’s fun.

As usual, Titus' articles are a great read.

krozman
03-12-2018, 02:53 PM
Here's one the local Spokane radio announcers WHO PLAYED FOR THE TEAM should practice. I think AMMO gets it right most the time, but dickau and Santangelo make me cry.

13. “It’s pronounced ‘Gone-ZAG-uh.’” – Coach Dan Monson delivering a message to the nation (1999)

ZagNative
03-12-2018, 03:04 PM
Ken Pom 2018 NCAA tournament probabilities (https://kenpom.com/blog/)

https://i.imgur.com/f13Cfm0.jpg

adoptedzag
03-12-2018, 03:18 PM
Titus: NCAA Tournament Bracket Breakdown: The Good, Bad, and Matchups That Must Happen (https://www.theringer.com/2018/3/12/17108962/ncaa-tournament-selection-sunday-bracket-breakdown-regions)



As usual, Titus' articles are a great read.

lmao:

Most enticing potential story line: any rematch from last year’s tournament. A Sweet 16 rematch of last year’s Elite Eight game between Gonzaga and Xavier would be juicy. An Elite Eight rematch of last year’s national title game between North Carolina and Gonzaga would be [insert eggplant emoji here] [insert water emoji here].

IMADEYOUREADTHIS
03-12-2018, 03:33 PM
lmao:

Most enticing potential story line: any rematch from last year’s tournament. A Sweet 16 rematch of last year’s Elite Eight game between Gonzaga and Xavier would be juicy. An Elite Eight rematch of last year’s national title game between North Carolina and Gonzaga would be [insert eggplant emoji here] [insert water emoji here].

I work at a newspaper, and shared that story with the editor. He couldn't stop laughing at that line.

Radbooks
03-12-2018, 03:53 PM
Another from the Spokesman:

Forbes: UNC Greensboro not typical mid-major team (http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2018/mar/12/forbes-unc-greensboro-not-typical-mid-major-team/)

RenoZag
03-12-2018, 04:32 PM
From the Greensboro News & Record: http://www.greensboro.com/sports/college/unc-greensboro-to-face-gonzaga-in-ncaa-tournament-first-round/article_a0c1cd9a-859f-5734-bf09-6352c76eae27.html


“You look at the stature they have now, their history and where they came from, and they’re the mid-major model,” UNCG senior forward Jordy Kuiper said. “Of course that’s something we’d like to someday identify with ourselves. We want to get to that stage. But the way you do it is focus on our own selves. The focus isn’t on our opponents, or the flow of seasons and games. We keep that mindset, and we’ll take it to Idaho.”

Zagdawg
03-12-2018, 05:04 PM
Zags better come to play --

rennis
03-12-2018, 05:17 PM
Piece on the USC snub. Good read: https://www.theringer.com/2018/3/12/17108724/ncaa-tournament-usc-snub

raise the zag
03-12-2018, 05:42 PM
Another from the Spokesman:

Forbes: UNC Greensboro not typical mid-major team (http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2018/mar/12/forbes-unc-greensboro-not-typical-mid-major-team/)

form a UNCG opponent:


They didn’t guard our ‘4’ man and (Dickey) kind of played like a spy linebacker. You’re going to have to make the extra pass.”

UNCG used Dickey to float around the paint vs other So Co teams. They were brilliant at picking up which players they could sag off of or not defend to allow him to swat ALL shots around the rim.

Dickey is an elite shot blocker, and intimidated bigs and guards alike from driving to rim. He also took risks and got called for fouls.

The line above caught my attention, since there is NOT ONE player you can sag off or not guard in our offense.

Dickey will have to play someone straight up at some point, allowing Rui to go to work at the (3), or Tillie at the (4).

Our guards just need to take care of the damn ball with limited possessions. Don't get too shot happy, or careless, or impatient. A tall order, yet showed better restraint down the stretch. No "getting theirs" vs this team.

UNCG runs a 1-2-2 modified defense. They roam the middle and extend their wings/guards on defense.

They got away with this a bit vs other teams b/c they only had 1 big to defend, for the most part. 2 will be tough for them. Or 3 when Rui plays the 3.

Based on match-ups, Rui should have 30 this game. Not kidding. They won't have much trouble vs our guards, even containing Tillie with their solid length, yet it should be the J3 and Rui show if they are playing the high low and finding each other around the paint.

Dickey won't be able to be a "SPY" vs Gonzaga.

Radbooks
03-12-2018, 06:50 PM
Another article from the Spokesman:

Patience, defense drive Spartans to top of Southern Conference (http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2018/mar/12/patience-defense-drive-spartans-to-top-of-southern/)


“We’re fortunate to have a team that has really bought into what we value, the defensive end, and trying to be together regardless of circumstance and play the right way on offense,” Miller said in a telephone interview just before the team’s cross-country flight to Boise.

The Spartans won the regular-season title last year but came up short against East Tennessee State in the SoCon Tournament final. They returned the favor Monday with a 62-47 win over ETSU in the championship.

“We knew our team was a special group of guys and we’ve been working hard for the past year,” said junior guard Francis Alonso, who averages a team-high 15.6 points per game. “So much love, not only from family and friends, but basketball fans that are following UNCG.”

katman50
03-12-2018, 07:01 PM
Another article from the Spokesman:

Patience, defense drive Spartans to top of Southern Conference (http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2018/mar/12/patience-defense-drive-spartans-to-top-of-southern/)

Sounds like a classy coach with well grounded players. Good stuff.

raise the zag
03-12-2018, 07:08 PM
Alonso is their Pangos.

He good.

Patient, precise, elite shooter, sets them up, takes what defense gives him.

Going to give us problems. A better Emmett Naar, more savvy, more leadership.

They have bigger Bigs than I thought. their front line goes 6'9", 6'10", 6'6" wing. They ALL launch 3's too.

Other 13 seeds: Chattanooga, Buffalo, Marshall. UNCG beats all those 3 by 15-20 pts imo

Zagricultural
03-12-2018, 09:18 PM
I totally think uncg is very underseeded, and we are in for a battle. Let's hope they're not hitting out of their mind from 3

23dpg
03-12-2018, 09:26 PM
Alonso is their Pangos.

He good.

Patient, precise, elite shooter, sets them up, takes what defense gives him.

Going to give us problems. A better Emmett Naar, more savvy, more leadership.

They have bigger Bigs than I thought. their front line goes 6'9", 6'10", 6'6" wing. They ALL launch 3's too.

Other 13 seeds: Chattanooga, Buffalo, Marshall. UNCG beats all those 3 by 15-20 pts imo

You lost me with your oversell there.

caduceus
03-12-2018, 10:29 PM
I totally think uncg is very underseeded, and we are in for a battle. Let's hope they're not hitting out of their mind from 3

...bbbbut we are too, right? ;)

krozman
03-12-2018, 10:47 PM
I'm honored that we're getting a decent team that deserves to be there and there is no other drama other than the performances of each and every player on that court on that day. The team that shows up and executes will be the deserved winner, and that's why we watch sports.

Even if UNCG is underseeded, so what. We're not here for one win anymore to play Few32 gimmick games with ourselves. We're here to see GU get to the 2nd weekend plus. If that doesn't happen, that's fine, but you can't expect an easy path, and IMO we've been pretty fortunate with our seed and location. If we were playing UNCG in the regional final we'd be giddy with ourselves. It's win or go home, and I'll be screaming at the TV and then going back to work regardless of the result knowing that it's been a great season.

ZagNative
03-12-2018, 11:03 PM
From twitter, they're here!



UNCG Athletics
‏Verified account @uncgsports

Greetings from Boise!! @UNCGBasketball has landed and is ready to for @marchmadness #letsgoG

https://twitter.com/twitter/statuses/973400043230130177

Zagceo
03-13-2018, 03:33 AM
Gonzaga loses in the national title game ... again
Gonzaga lost Zach Collins, a first-round pick in last summer's NBA draft, and veteran big man Przemek Karnowski. But the Bulldogs are more versatile now with the development of Rui Hachimura (http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/player/_/id/4066648/rui-hachimura), Johnathan Williams (http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/player/_/id/66260/johnathan-williams), Josh Perkins (http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/player/_/id/3155941/josh-perkins) and Zach Norvell. They're ranked within the top 20 in both offensive and defensive efficiency. This balanced roster can handle anything in the West Region, including Xavier, Ohio State, North Carolina and Michigan.
They're equipped to reach the national championship game for the second consecutive season. Sorry, Bulldogs. That's where you'll lose to ...

Michigan State will end the Big Ten's drought and win its first national title since 2000


http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/22731472/bold-predictions-acc-watches-final-four-sec-done-early-more-things-watch-2018-ncaa-tournament

FuManShoes
03-13-2018, 04:12 AM
lmao:

Most enticing potential story line: any rematch from last year’s tournament. A Sweet 16 rematch of last year’s Elite Eight game between Gonzaga and Xavier would be juicy. An Elite Eight rematch of last year’s national title game between North Carolina and Gonzaga would be [insert eggplant emoji here] [insert water emoji here].


I liked his shrewd analysis of Mike Daum:


Anyway, here’s what I can tell you about Daum: He’s a really good scorer and a great rebounder. He’s at his best when he gets the ball on offense and then makes a move and scores. Additionally, I think he’s good when a shot goes up and he runs to the basket and grabs a rebound. He uses his size well to score from all sorts of spots on the floor, such as inside the 3-point line. He uses his size to do other things, too, like rebound. And that’s why I think Daum could be special in the tournament.

Zagceo
03-13-2018, 04:54 AM
http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2018/mar/12/battle-tested-bulldogs-aiming-for-return-to-final-/


Words of wisdom from son of a coach....and maybe future coach

[QUOTE]We were playing like, ‘Let’s feel them out first,’ ” he said. “You don’t have the luxury in this tournament of playing around and hoping things go your way. You’ve got to make them go your way.[/QUOTE

OntZags
03-13-2018, 05:39 AM
You lost me with your oversell there.

On a neutral floor, Buffalo is a 1 pt favourite over UNCG.

UNCG is 2.5 fav over Charleston & Marshall. (likely to win 60% of the time)

So yeah, a bit of an oversell lol.

UNCG looks like a really nice tough opponent and a fair bit better than Charleston/Marshall but they aren't a 10 seed masquerading as a 13 either.

scrooner
03-13-2018, 05:42 AM
ESPN Final Four Predictions:

http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/22738692/espn-experts-make-final-four-national-champion-predictions-2018-ncaa-tournament

Gonzaga picked for Final Four by:

Paul Biancardi
Jimmy Dykes
LaPhonso Ellis
Sean Farnham
John Gasaway
Robbie Hummel
Joe Lunardi
Ryan McGee
Myron Medcalf
Jake Trotter
Dick Vitale
Jay Williams

DixieZag
03-13-2018, 06:46 AM
Not sure if I love being the consensus pick or not. I suppose it is better than no one thinking you can.

Hope this isn't the year we're upset in the first round. (spins around 3 times, runs outside and spits and curses).

I feel like if we win the first game, we'll go to the E8

Kong-Kool-Aid
03-13-2018, 07:10 AM
Lets get this out of the way: The team(s) meeting the most stat categories just before the NCAA tournament have made the title game and lost the last two years. Gonzaga met 11/12 in 2017 and UNC met 11/12 in 2016.

Michigan State and Gonzaga meet all 12 stat categories this year. The title contenders have all met at least 8 stat categories in the two previous years i've been doing this analysis.

Lets also get this out of the way: Since the 1997 Arizona team, 2014 Uconn and 2015 Duke are the only national champions that have not finished either first/tied for first in their conference regular reason or haven't won their conference tournament. Since 1998, only five national champions did not win their conference regular season title.

You may not want to pick a team to win the ncaa tournament that didn't win either their conference regular season title or their conference tournament.
Duke, UNC, Purdue, Wichita State, TCU, West Virginia, Ohio State, Texas A&M, Houston, UCLA, Florida, Clemson, Florida State, Virginia Tech, Texas Tech, Texas, Missouri, Texas, Syracuse and others did not win either this year.

Since 1989, 28 out of the last 29 champions have been a 4 seed or better. 2014 Uconn was a 7 seed as the only outlier. Since 2002, every champion has been in the top 25 in Ken Poms rankings on each selection Sunday. Since 2002, every championship team, except 2014 Uconn: 58th, had a Ken Pom offense rated 25th or better before the start of the tournament. Since 2002, every championship team had a Ken Pom defense rated 40th or better before the start of the tournament.
The teams who meet the most stat categories (minimum of 8), rank in the Ken Pom top 25, are a 1-4 seed, rank in the top 25 in Ken Pom adjusted offense and top 40 in adjusted defense, and won either their conference regular season title or their conference tournament match the most champions in the Ken Pom era. The only teams that meet all these criteria are: Michigan State, Gonzaga, Villanova, and Virginia. I believe one of these four teams will win the championship this year based on my 12 stat research, seed history, and Ken Pom history.

Yes, Gonzaga is most definitely one of them.

https://i.imgur.com/NAY91eE.png



Credit to https://www.reddit.com/r/CollegeBasketball/comments/83vznj/final_pre_2018_ncaa_tournament_12_stats_update/

Not really a media thread (coming from reddit and all, but I guess mods wanted it moved?)

titopoet
03-13-2018, 07:30 AM
Alonso is their Pangos.

He good.

Patient, precise, elite shooter, sets them up, takes what defense gives him.

Going to give us problems. A better Emmett Naar, more savvy, more leadership.

They have bigger Bigs than I thought. their front line goes 6'9", 6'10", 6'6" wing. They ALL launch 3's too.

Other 13 seeds: Chattanooga, Buffalo, Marshall. UNCG beats all those 3 by 15-20 pts imo

Alonso also a good friend and grew up playing with Domantas Sabonis (they were on the same Spanish team). I wonder what Sabonis is thinking?

Zagceo
03-13-2018, 07:33 AM
Alonso also a good friend and grew up playing with Domantas Sabonis (they were on the same Spanish team). I wonder what Sabonis is thinking?

ask Tommy Lloyd

TexasZagFan
03-13-2018, 07:46 AM
Alonso also a good friend and grew up playing with Domantas Sabonis (they were on the same Spanish team). I wonder what Sabonis is thinking?

If the kid is that good, what's he doing in a lower tier league?

GonzagasaurusFlex
03-13-2018, 09:58 AM
http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2018/mar/12/battle-tested-bulldogs-aiming-for-return-to-final-/


Words of wisdom from son of a coach....and maybe future coach

[QUOTE]We were playing like, ‘Let’s feel them out first,’ ” he said. “You don’t have the luxury in this tournament of playing around and hoping things go your way. You’ve got to make them go your way.[/QUOTE

Great article. Perkins knows what’s up as does this team. They will not overlook anyone or let the hype distract them from business at hand. This team is locked in and ready to roll!!

former1dog
03-13-2018, 11:08 AM
TV Schedule

https://www.ncaa.com/news/basketball-men/article/2018-03-13/college-basketball-tv-schedule-game-times

titopoet
03-13-2018, 12:25 PM
If the kid is that good, what's he doing in a lower tier league?

They came from the same Spanish town as juniors http://www.greensboro.com/sports/college/small-world-uncg-and-its-ties-to-gonzaga/article_ad7569e7-2421-5e45-b244-11ffa189d5c0.html


The 6-foot-3 Alonso, the Spartans' leading scorer in each of his three seasons, is close friends with 6-10 center Domantas Sabonis. The son of Hall of Famer Arvydas Sabonis played two seasons at Gonzaga, making the NCAA tournament both years, before leaving early and becoming the 11th overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft.

“I know a lot about Gonzaga," Alonso said. "I played with him a lot in Spain, in my hometown (Málaga). We played there for seven or eight years as kids. And then we stayed in touch when he was at Gonzaga.”

ZagNative
03-13-2018, 12:29 PM
Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander fill out their brackets (Podcast): https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/college-basketball-podcast-breaking-down-every-regional-of-2018-ncaa-tournament/

OPEN: General bracket talk

5:20: South Regional picks

12:19: West Regional picks

18:26: East Regional picks

22:03: Midwest Regional picks

26:02: Title Game picks

caduceus
03-13-2018, 02:39 PM
Things just got interesting with the overall #1 seed. This is probably Virginia's most athletic player. Some people will be rethinking their bracket picks:


CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - ACC Sixth Man of the Year De’Andre Hunter (Philadelphia, Pa.) has been ruled out for the NCAA Tournament with a broken left wrist, Virginia head coach Tony Bennett announced Tuesday (March 13).

Hunter suffered the injury during the ACC Tournament. He will have surgery on Monday (March 19). Hunter is expected to make a full recovery and be sidelined for 10 to 12 weeks.

Hunter averaged 9.2 points and 3.5 rebounds in 33 games for the top-ranked Cavaliers. He reached double figures in 16 games and was Virginia’s leading scorer in six contests. Hunter was named ACC Co-Rookie of the Week following his 22-point performance at Miami on Feb. 18. He banked in a dramatic game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer at Louisville on March 1. Hunter was also named to the All-ACC Freshman Team.

http://www.virginiasports.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/031318aad.html

Section 116
03-13-2018, 03:31 PM
From the Greensboro News-Record: http://www.greensboro.com/sports/college/small-world-uncg-and-its-ties-to-gonzaga/article_ad7569e7-2421-5e45-b244-11ffa189d5c0.html

More from the News-Record: http://www.greensboro.com/sports/college/the-philosophy-of-coaching-according-to-uncg-s-wes-miller/article_5dc698d2-1ee4-5391-903d-c039b83c6b0e.html

If this should be in another thread please move!

raise the zag
03-13-2018, 04:02 PM
Things just got interesting with the overall #1 seed. This is probably Virginia's most athletic player. Some people will be rethinking their bracket picks:



http://www.virginiasports.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/031318aad.html

Honestly, HUGE loss for them.

Along the lines of losing Rui for us.

He provides clutch shots, big rebounds, timely blocks, energy bringer/enforcer, and is their most athletic presence overall.

Only averages around 20 mpg, yet he's had numerous games of 15 pts, 5 rebs, 2 blks in 20 mins type of stat lines. 6th man of the year for a reason.

Players like this are the difference b/w a Final 4 or going home, imho.

kitzbuel
03-13-2018, 04:07 PM
Alonso also a good friend and grew up playing with Domantas Sabonis (they were on the same Spanish team). I wonder what Sabonis is thinking?He is thinking 'Go Zags!'

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CDC84
03-13-2018, 04:10 PM
Things just got interesting with the overall #1 seed. This is probably Virginia's most athletic player. Some people will be rethinking their bracket picks:



http://www.virginiasports.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/031318aad.html

This is horrible. Hunter is the one guy on their roster like their old wing Justin Anderson who can create his own shot at the end of the shot clock. The 2 other best players on that team on offense are jump shooters. They can't get their own like Hunter. Hunter might be the only NBA guy in their rotation.

I also feel bad for UVA because they already got handed the toughest region despite being the overall number one. Both Arizona and UK have way more NBA players than UVA. Things are different in the regular season, but when it comes to the tournament, great, athletic, gifted players can find ways to make tough shots against tough defenses. I love UVA's defense, but in a 55-55 game with a minute left, I'm picking Arizona because Deandre Ayton can do things that no other Cavalier can do on offense.

Radbooks
03-13-2018, 06:49 PM
From the Spokesman tonight:

Gonzaga’s Stephen Gentry, UNC Greensboro’s Kyle Bankhead: opponents for a day, friends for life (http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2018/mar/13/gonzagas-stephen-gentry-unc-greensboros-kyle-bankh/#/0)

Standouts and sleepers: Eight players to watch in Gonzaga’s pod at the NCAA Tournament (http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2018/mar/13/standouts-and-sleepers-eight-players-to-watch-in-g/#/0)

sittingon50
03-13-2018, 07:38 PM
Thanks for that 1st link, Rad. What a great story.

Radbooks
03-13-2018, 07:55 PM
Thanks for that 1st link, Rad. What a great story.

You're welcome!!

Goshzagit
03-14-2018, 09:22 AM
the best team on each seed line.

No surprise here:


No. 13 seeds:

Buffalo Marshall Charleston UNC-Greensboro

Top team: UNC Greensboro, West Regional
Guard Francis Alonso is one of the national leaders in 3-pointers made and attempted, but this isn't a mid-major that is going to require great 3-point shooting to be a threat. UNCG's strength is on the defensive end, with a lot of three-quarter and full-court pressure and enough size at the rim (6-10 big man James Dickey was SoCon Defensive Player of the year) to hold their own in the post.


but the next you could argue (although I'm high on Arizona):



No. 4 seeds:

Arizona Wichita State Auburn Gonzaga

Top team: Arizona, South Regional
There just isn't another No. 4 seed with an individual who can take the game over like Deandre Ayton. We are watching the 7-1 freshman flourish before our eyes and something tells me back-to-back 30-point, double-digit rebound performances is only the beginning of a postseason run that could continue well into the second week. No other No. 4 seed is playing its best basketball right now, and no other No. 4 seed has the Final Four look of Arizona heading into the tournament.


https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/ncaa-tournament-bracket-2018-the-best-team-on-each-of-the-no-1-16-seed-lines/

sittingon50
03-14-2018, 10:43 AM
Blanchette: (only slightly related but fun read)


http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2018/mar/13/john-blanchette-count-on-out-of-this-world-play-du/

Goshzagit
03-14-2018, 10:55 AM
Blanchette: (only slightly related but fun read)


http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2018/mar/13/john-blanchette-count-on-out-of-this-world-play-du/


made my day!

ZagNative
03-14-2018, 11:45 AM
From the S-R: "Q&A with Dick Vitale: ‘I have them (Zags) as one of my Final Four teams’ (http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2018/mar/14/qa-with-dick-vitale-i-have-them-zags-as-one-of-my-/)"

23dpg
03-14-2018, 12:55 PM
From the S-R: "Q&A with Dick Vitale: ‘I have them (Zags) as one of my Final Four teams’ (http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2018/mar/14/qa-with-dick-vitale-i-have-them-zags-as-one-of-my-/)"

Vitale gets it.
it favors the elite conferences inside and out. It favors them in every way possible. They get so many opportunities and I think what’s happened in many cases, the tournament gets filled with lots of mediocrity when I think you should reward greatness for the year. You subject yourself to playing in a conference like that, if you can’t go .500 you shouldn’t be part of (the NCAA tournament).

Goshzagit
03-14-2018, 01:08 PM
Vitale gets it.
it favors the elite conferences inside and out. It favors them in every way possible. They get so many opportunities and I think what’s happened in many cases, the tournament gets filled with lots of mediocrity when I think you should reward greatness for the year. You subject yourself to playing in a conference like that, if you can’t go .500 you shouldn’t be part of (the NCAA tournament).

Its just sad, to be honest.

only 1 P5 team with a losing record in conference has EVER been past the S16, in the history of hoops.

ridiculous.

think about how many mid-majors dominate these scrubs every yr in March...and go farther.

RPI/Quadrant system is killing the tourney value, and excitement, and what it was intended to do. REWARD teams who are performing at a high level, from all levels of hoops.

ZagNative
03-14-2018, 01:49 PM
Obama fills out his men's bracket: https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/barack-obama-reveals-his-2018-ncaa-tournament-brackets/

TexasZagFan
03-14-2018, 02:00 PM
Its just sad, to be honest.

only 1 P5 team with a losing record in conference has EVER been past the S16, in the history of hoops.

ridiculous.

think about how many mid-majors dominate these scrubs every yr in March...and go farther.

RPI/Quadrant system is killing the tourney value, and excitement, and what it was intended to do. REWARD teams who are performing at a high level, from all levels of hoops.

The casual fan who gets into March Madness could give a rat's rear end about the 7th place team from a power conference, unless they're alumni. The casual fan, he (mostly she) wants to see Cinderella trying on the glass slipper. The selection committee is being serviced by Cinderella's evil stepsisters this year.

CDC84
03-14-2018, 02:42 PM
There is a major college basketball analyst who is offering someone a beer if he or she can discover a power-5 team in the history of the NCAA tournament that got an at large bid despite losing 9 games to teams who aren't in the NCAA tourney.

That team is Arizona State. The 9th place finisher (well, tied for 8th) in a league that's so mediocre that it's 2nd place finisher didn't even make the dance. The committee placed way, way, way, way too much emphasis on their wins over Xavier and Kansas. You can't just post a couple of monster wins and forget about the rest of the season.

And Oklahoma hasn't won a road or neutral floor game since December 30, 2017:

http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/team/schedule/_/id/201

If you saw the Sooners from about the midway point of the Big-12 season, you saw one of the most shocking displays of disinterest of any team in the history of high major basketball. I haven't seen a BCS team play with less passion or competitive spirit. Ever. Seven losses in the month of February (including 6 in a row). The last two included a 30 blow out at Kansas and a 23 point blow out at Baylor, who didn't even make the NCAA's. Of course OU also lost in the opening round of the Big-12 tourney to their arch rival Oklahoma State.....yet another team who failed to make the dance. Just terrible.

Sarenyon
03-14-2018, 04:59 PM
Just read a few more articles about a potential MW move. Mostly coming out of what Few said during the press conference today. The MW reporters in Boise and across their collection of cities sure hopes it happens. Leon seemed pretty excited about the potential.

http://https://www.idahopress.com/blueturfsports/could-gonzaga-become-a-regular-at-taco-bell-arena-move/article_bd44f8c2-0b85-5dab-874f-53e0b663d530.html (http://www.idahopress.com/blueturfsports/could-gonzaga-become-a-regular-at-taco-bell-arena-move/article_bd44f8c2-0b85-5dab-874f-53e0b663d530.html)

TexasZagFan
03-14-2018, 07:49 PM
Just read a few more articles about a potential MW move. Mostly coming out of what Few said during the press conference today. The MW reporters in Boise and across their collection of cities sure hopes it happens. Leon seemed pretty excited about the potential.

http://https://www.idahopress.com/blueturfsports/could-gonzaga-become-a-regular-at-taco-bell-arena-move/article_bd44f8c2-0b85-5dab-874f-53e0b663d530.html (http://www.idahopress.com/blueturfsports/could-gonzaga-become-a-regular-at-taco-bell-arena-move/article_bd44f8c2-0b85-5dab-874f-53e0b663d530.html)


The Zags are expected to have a team ranked in the top-10 to start next season, so adding them immediately for the 2018-19 season would seem to make the most sense.

That "expected top ten" ranking has to be predicated on Tillie, JP, & Rui all returning. I'd wait until the decisions are made before making that statement.

Radbooks
03-14-2018, 09:22 PM
Here is the link to KREM's special preview:

Bulldog Madness Special (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_X-u9u4R8Dc)