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Petty Comments Are Beneath NBA Commissioner David Stern

March 10, 2011 2 comments

The Commish

Sometimes you just have to bite your tongue and take the high road, especially if you’re the leader of the NBA, David Stern. On Thursday, Stern decided to take to the airwaves to snipe back at Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy.

In those comments, Stern insinuated that  Van Gundy might be becoming unhinged, saying that he “seems to be fraying” as a result of his team’s recent poor play. Are these the words that the commissioner of the NBA should be saying publicly about one of the head coaches in the league?

Yes, Van Gundy started the war of words by comparing Stern to some of the dictators of the world when discussing Dwight Howard’s technical foul problems and subsequent suspension. He’s not the first person to use poor judgment when trying to make a point in the heat of the moment and won’t be the last. He surely would have articulated his views better had he taken the time to think about the message that he wanted to send.

This is where Stern is at fault. He had time to listen to, think about, and lead in this situation. When asked about the comments, he should have just said that he was going to discuss the comments with the team ownership and front office and ended it right there. But Stern couldn’t resist, like he’s a Zen Master, to take a swipe at the performance of the Magic and to criticize Van Gundy’s coaching ability.

Van Gundy’s comments were an unfortunate selection of words to articulate built up frustration over policies that many in the league feel that the commissioner determines with little or no input from the players, coaches, and front offices of the league’s teams.

Stern is supposed to be a leader and should be mature enough and thick skinned enough to let Van Gundy’s comments roll off his back. He wasn’t. If Stern isn’t mature enough to take criticism about his policies, how is he supposed to expect his players to take criticism regarding their play and behavior on and off the court?

Stern needed to keep this issue in-house and if he felt the need to punish Van Gundy, then a heavy fine could have been levied. But petty sniping over poorly constructed criticism from an emotional head coach in the middle of a playoff race should be beneath him. Especially since Stern wasn’t even correct in his analysis of how the Magic are playing, the Magic have won 5 of their last 7, with one of the losses in the game Howard missed.

With leadership like this at the top of the NBA, it’s little wonder that players like LeBron and others have such a difficult time dealing with the fallout from their inappropriate comments. Everybody in the NBA has to have the last word. Real mature Comrade, um, Commish.

ACC Basketball Overview March 7

ACC Basketball Overview March 7

Team Overviews: Records are going into March 7th. RPI is courtesy of rpiforecast.com.

Current NCAA Locks:

Duke Blue Devils RPI 5

  • 27-4, 13-3 in ACC   Away: 8-4  Neutral:  2-0
  • OOC rundown: 14-1 with wins against Marquette, Kansas State, Michigan State, Butler, UAB , and Temple and a loss to St John’s. They also have 5 gimme wins. RPI 7, schedule 44.
  • ACC Wins: Mia, Mary, UVA, at NC St, at WF, BC, at Mary, NC St, UNC, at Mia, at UVa, GT, Clem      Losses: at FSU, at VT, at UNC
  • The Devils need to win the ACC tournament and maybe get help to get a 1 seed. As long as they win one game, they should be at least a 2 seed.

North Carolina Tar Heels RPI 6

  • 24-6, 14-2 in ACC   Away: 8-3  Neutral:  1-2
  • OOC rundown: 10-4 with a good win over Kentucky and losses to Minnesota, Vanderbilt, Illinois, and Texas. They also have 5 gimme wins. RPI 29, schedule 20.
  • ACC Wins: at UVa, VT, Clem, at Mia, NC St, at BC, FSU, at Clem, WF, BC, at NC St, Mary, at FSU, Duke     Losses: at GT, at Duke
  • The Heels can get a 1 seed if they win the ACC tournament and get help. They should be a 2 seed if they win two games. If they win one and lose one, it will be a coin flip for 2 or 3 seed. They won’t be lower than a 3 seed.

 

Bubble Territory:

Florida State Seminoles RPI 45

  • 21-9, 11-5 in ACC   Away: 8-5  Neutral:  1-1
  • OOC rundown: 10-4 with a win over Baylor and losses to Florida, Ohio State, Butler and a horrible loss to Auburn. They also have 9 gimme wins. RPI 104, schedule 190.
  • ACC Wins: Clem, Duke, NC St, at Mia, BC, WF, at GT, UVa, at WF, Mia, at NC St   Losses: at VT, at Clem, at UNC, at Mary, UNC
  • The Seminoles need to beat Virginia Tech to be safe. Otherwise they leave their fate up to the committee. Beating Duke again would lock them in and get them into an 8-9 game.

Virginia Tech Hokies RPI 63

  • 19-10, 9-7 in ACC   Away: 6-6  Neutral:  2-1
  • OOC rundown: 10-3 with notable wins against Oklahoma State and Penn State and losses to Kansas State, UNLV, and Purdue. They also have 6 gimme wins. RPI 73, schedule 151.
  • ACC Wins: FSU, WF, at Mary, Mia, at NC St, GT, Mary, at WF, Duke  Losses: UVa, at UNC, at GT, at BC, at UVA, BC, at Clem
  • Wow. Just can’t take a good win and capitalize. They have to beat FSU to have a chance. Beating Duke again after that would lock up their bid. When you see Seth crying next Sunday, remember that the ACC is the FIFTH ranked conference this season.

Boston College Eagles RPI 44

  • 19-11, 9-7 in ACC   Away: 4-6  Neutral:  2-1
  • OOC rundown: 10-4 with a good win over Texas A&M and a solid losses to Wisconsin and Harvard with strange ones to Yale and Rhode Island. They also have 3 gimme wins. RPI 66, schedule 57.
  • ACC Wins: at Mary, GT, NC St, UVa, VT, Mary, at UVa, at VT, WF   Losses: at Mia, at FSU, at Duke, UNC, at Clem, at UNC, Mia
  • The Eagles need to beat Clemson to wrap up their bid. A loss to Wake would send them to the NIT in a hurry. A win over UNC gets them a game in their white jerseys.

Clemson Tigers RPI 58

  • 20-10, 9-7 in ACC   Away: 3-7  Neutral:  2-1
  • OOC rundown: 11-3 with no good wins and losses to Old Dominion, Michigan, and South Carolina. They also have 6 gimme wins. RPI 90, schedule 199.
  • ACC Wins: Mia, GT, NC St, FSU, at GT, BC, at Mia, WF, VT  Losses: at FSU, at UNC, at Mary, at UVa, UNC, at NC St, at Duke
  • The Tigers need to beat BC to have a chance. Beating UNC would lock it up for them.

 

Better Win the Conference Tournament:

Maryland Terrapins RPI 99

  • 18-13, 7-9 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 11-4 with a decent win over Penn State and losses to Pittsburgh, Illinois, Temple, and Villanova. They also have 9 gimme wins. RPI 102, schedule 178.
  • Sorry Gary. Play and beat better OOC opponents next season.

Miami Hurricanes RPI 74

  • 18-13, 6-10 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 12-3 with a good win over West Virginia and losses to Memphis, Rutgers and Central Florida. They also have 6 gimme wins. RPI 46, schedule 145.
  • That loss to Georgia Tech finished their at-large hopes.

North Carolina State Wolfpack RPI 120

  • 15-15, 5-11 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 10-4 with a win over George Mason and losses to Georgetown, Wisconsin, Syracuse, and Arizona. They also have 8 gimme wins. RPI 105, schedule 181.
  • The Sidney Lowe watch has begun.

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets RPI 161

  • 13-17, 5-11 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 8-6 with a win over Richmond and a bunch of losses. They also have 6 gimme wins. RPI 161, schedule 176.
  • How many more down years does Hewitt get? 2004 is a long time ago in hoop years.

Virginia Cavaliers RPI 134

  • 16-14, 7-9 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 9-5 with a win over Minnesota and a horrific loss to Seattle. They also have 5 gimme wins. RPI 218, schedule 302.
  • The Cavs are going to ruin one or two of their ACC mates’ seasons. Hello Va Tech. Anybody else want some?

Wake Forest Demon Deacons RPI 265

  • 8-23, 1-15 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 7-8 with no good wins and plenty of losses, both good and bad. They also have 7 gimme wins. RPI 267, schedule 246.
  • When did the Deacons turn into Fordham? The A-10 invite is forthcoming.

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Big Ten Basketball Overview March 6

Big Ten Basketball Overview March 6

Team Overviews: Records are going into March 7th. RPI is courtesy of rpiforecast.com.

Current NCAA Locks:

Ohio State Buckeyes RPI 3

  • 29-2, 16-2 in Big Ten    Away: 9-2  Neutral: 0-0
  • OOC rundown: 13-0 with wins over Florida and Florida State. They have 7 gimme wins. RPI 6, schedule 68.
  • Big Ten Wins: at Ind, at Iowa, Minn, at Mich, Penn St, Iowa, at Ill, Purdue, NW, Mich, at Minn, Mich St, Ill, Ind, at Penn St, Wis  Losses: at Wis, at Pur
  • The Buckeyes are a lock #1 seed and can get the top overall seed if they match Kansas this week.

Purdue Boilermakers RPI 7

  • 25-6, 14-4 in Big Ten   Away: 7-5  Neutral: 2-1
  • OOC rundown: 11-2 with solid wins over Virginia Tech and Alabama with losses to Richmond and West Virginia. They had 4 gimme wins. RPI 17, schedule 70.
  • Big Ten Wins: at Mich, NW, at Penn St, Iowa, Penn St, Mich St, Minn, Ind, at Ill, Wis, Ohio St, at Ind, at Mich St, Ill    Losses: at Minn, at Ohio St, at Iowa
  • The Boilers need to get to the Big Ten finals to secure a 2 seed. Winning one game ensures at least a 3 seed. If they lose their only game, it becomes a coin flip between a 3 and 4 seed.

Wisconsin Badgers RPI 13

  • 23-7, 13-5 in Big Ten   Away: 5-6  Neutral: 2-1
  • OOC rundown: 10-2 with wins over BC and Marquette and losses to UNLV and Notre Dame. They also had 5 gimme wins. RPI 33, schedule 111.
  • Big Ten Wins: Minn, Mich, Ill, Ind, at NW, Pur, Mich St, at Iowa, Ohio St, Penn St, at Mich, NW, at Ind   Losses: at Ill, at Mich St, at Penn St, at Pur, at Ohio St
  • The Badgers need to make the Big Ten finals to get a 3 seed and have a long shot chance at a 2 seed if they win the Big Ten tournament by beating Ohio State. They appear to be no worse than a 4 seed, unless they lose to Indiana.

 

Bubble Territory:

Illinois Fighting Illini RPI 40

  • 19-12, 9-9 in Big Ten   Away: 4-7  Neutral: 1-3
  • OOC rundown: 10-3 with solid wins over Maryland, North Carolina, and Gonzaga with losses to Texas and Missouri. They also have a horrible loss to Illinois-Chicago and 4 gimme wins. RPI 43, schedule 59.
  • Big Ten Wins: at Iowa, Wis, NW, Mich St, Penn St, at Minn, Mich, Iowa, Ind    Losses: at Penn St, at Wis, Ohio St, at Ind, at NW, Pur, at Mich St, at Ohio St, at Pur
  • The Illini need to beat Michigan to be a lock for Selection Sunday. They’re probably in anyway, but you never know. If they win two games, they should be at least a 7 seed. They should be able to get a 6 seed if they win the Big Ten tournament.

Michigan State Spartans RPI 50

  • 17-13, 9-9 in Big Ten   Away: 2-9  Neutral: 2-1
  • OOC rundown: 8-4 with their only good win over Washington, but solid losses to Syracuse, Connecticut, Duke, and Texas. They also have 4 gimme wins and a non-division I win. RPI 67, schedule 21.
  • Big Ten Wins: Minn, at NW, Wis, NW, Ind, Penn St, Ill, at Minn, Iowa   Losses: at Penn St, at Ill, at Pur, Mich, at Iowa, at Wis, at Ohio St, Pur, at Mich
  • The Spartans need to beat Iowa to be safe on Selection Sunday. Beating Purdue would lock it up.

Michigan Wolverines RPI 56

  • 19-12, 9-9 in Big Ten   Away: 5-5  Neutral: 0-2
  • OOC rundown: 10-3 with no good wins, but solid losses to Syracuse and Kansas. They also have 5 gimme wins and a non-division I win. RPI 61, schedule 51.
  • Big Ten Wins: Penn St, at Mich St, Iowa, at Penn St, NW, Ind, at Iowa, at Minn, Mich St    Losses: Pur, at Wis, Ohio St, at Ind, at NW, Minn, at Ohio St, at Ill, Wis
  • The Wolverines need to beat Illinois to be safe on Selection Sunday. The bubble is bad, but they don’t want to try it. If they really want to be a lock, beat Ohio State.

 

Needs To Get Hot:

Penn State Nittany Lions RPI 54

  • 16-13, 9-9 in Big Ten   Away: 3-8  Neutral: 0-0
  • OOC rundown: 7-4 with a win over Duquesne and losses to Ole Miss, Maryland and Virginia Tech. They also have 3 gimme wins a horrible loss to Maine. RPI 117, schedule 64.
  • Big Ten Wins: at Ind, Mich St, Ill, Iowa, Wis, NW, Minn, at NW, at Minn    Losses: at Mich, Pur, at Ohio St, at Pur, at Ill, Mich, at Mich St, at Wis, Ohio St
  • It’s going to take at least a win over Wisconsin to get the Lions in. Getting to the Big Ten finals would wrap it up.

 

Better Win the Conference Tournament:

Minnesota Golden Gophers RPI 74

  • 17-13, 6-12 in Big Ten
  • OOC rundown: 11-1 with solid wins over West Virginia and North Carolina. They also have 5 gimme wins. RPI 21, schedule 91.
  • Wow. What a collapse. The Gophers have lost 9 of 10 to end the regular season. Easily the team that collapsed the most during this season.

Northwestern Wildcats RPI 93

  • 17-12, 7-11 in Big Ten
  • OOC rundown: 10-1 with no impressive wins and their loss was to St. John’s. They also have 6 gimme wins. RPI 54, schedule 274.
  • The Wildcats are heading for another empty Selection Sunday.

Indiana Hoosiers RPI 184

  • 12-19, 3-15 in Big Ten
  • OOC rundown: 9-4 with no good wins. RPI 142, schedule 244.
  • Will the heat get turned up on Crean over the next week?

Iowa Hawkeyes RPI 167

  • 11-19, 4-14 in Big Ten
  • OOC rundown: 7-5 with no good wins. RPI 209, schedule 252.
  • Fran will have this team Dancing within two years.

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SEC Basketball Overview March 6

SEC Basketball Overview March 6

Team Overviews: Records are going into March 6th. RPI is courtesy of rpiforecast.com.

Current NCAA Locks:

Florida Gators RPI 10

  • 24-6, 13-3 in SEC  Away: 9-3  Neutral: 0-0
  • OOC rundown: 11-3 with wins over Florida State, Kansas State, and Xavier and losses to Ohio St, UCF, and Jacksonville. They also have 4 gimmes. RPI 15, schedule 8.
  • SEC Wins: Miss, at Tenn, at Aub, Ark, at UGa, Van, UK, at USC, Tenn, at LSU, UGa, Ala, at Van   Losses: USC, at MSU, at UK
  • The Gators need to win one more to get a 3 seed and can move to a 2 seed by winning the SEC tournament. They should be set for a 4 seed even if they lose to the Vols.

Kentucky Wildcats RPI 12

  • 22-8, 10-6 in SEC  Away: 4-7  Neutral: 2-1
  • OOC rundown: 12-2 with wins over Washington, Notre Dame, and Louisville and losses to Connecticut and North Carolina. They also have 4 gimmes. RPI 8, schedule 15.
  • SEC Wins: Aub, LSU, at USC, UGa, Tenn, MSU, USC, UF, Van, at Tenn     Losses: at UGa, at Ala, at Miss, at UF, at Van, at Ark
  • The Wildcats need to win make the SEC finals to ensure a 4 seed. They can move to a 3 seed if they win the SEC tournament.

Vanderbilt Commodores RPI 27

  • 21-9, 9-7 in SEC   Away: 5-5  Neutral: 2-1
  • OOC rundown: 11-2 with wins over Nebraska, North Carolina, Marquette, and St Mary’s and losses to West Virginia and Missouri. They also have 6 gimmes. RPI 11, schedule 22.
  • SEC Wins: UGa, Miss, at MSU, USC, Ala, UK, at UGa, Aub, at LSU  Losses: at USC, at Tenn, Ark, at UF, Tenn, at UK, UF
  • The Commodores need to win 2 games to be a 6 seed, make the SEC finals to be a 5 seed and they could move to a 4 seed if they win the SEC tournament.

 

Bubble Territory:

Tennessee Volunteers RPI 35

  • 18-13, 8-8 in SEC  Away: 6-5  Neutral: 2-0
  • OOC rundown: 10-4 with wins over Missouri State, Villanova, and Pittsburgh and losses to Oakland, Charlotte, USC, College of Charleston, and UConn. They also have 3 gimmes. RPI 24, schedule 2.
  • SEC Wins: Van, at UGa, LSU, at Miss, at Aub, USC, at Van, at USC     Losses: at Ark, UF, Ala, at UK, at UF, UGa, MSU, UK
  • The Volunteers need to beat Arkansas to be secure. With Pearl’s problems with NCAA compliance, they don’t want to be on the bubble. If they win against Florida, they should be wearing their white jerseys. They could move all the way to a 5 seed if they win the SEC tournament.

Georgia Bulldogs RPI 39

  • 20-10, 9-7 in SEC  Away: 7-4  Neutral: 1-2
  • OOC rundown: 11-3 with notable wins over Colorado and UAB and losses to Notre Dame, Temple, and Xavier. They also have 6 gimmes. RPI 53, schedule 96.
  • SEC Wins: UK, at Miss, MSU, at Ark, Aub, at USC, at Tenn, USC, LSU  Losses: at Van, Tenn, UF, at UK, Van, at UF, at Ala
  • The Bulldogs need to take care of Auburn to be secure on Selection Sunday. Beating Alabama could get them wearing their white jerseys in their NCAA opener. Winning the SEC tournament could move them up to a 6 seed.

Alabama Crimson Tide RPI 80

  • 20-10, 12-4 in SEC  Away: 4-7  Neutral: 0-3
  • OOC rundown: 8-6 with no good wins and a bad loss to St. Peter’s and 8 gimmes. RPI 231, schedule 281.
  • SEC Wins: at MSU, USC, UK, at Aub, LSU, MSU, at Tenn, Miss, at LSU, Ark, Aub  Losses: at Ark, at Van, at Miss
  • The Tide need to beat Georgia again to get an at-large. Then they play for seeding. Winning the SEC tournament could move them all the way to a 7 seed.

 

Better Win the Conference Tournament:

Ole Miss Rebels RPI 82

  • 19-12, 7-9 in SEC
  • OOC rundown: 12-3 with a win over Penn State and losses to Dayton, Miami (FL), and Colorado State. They also have 7 gimmes. RPI 51, schedule 105.
  • The Rebels need to win the tournament.

South Carolina Gamecocks RPI 127

  • 14-15, 5-11 in SEC
  • OOC rundown: 9-4 with a win over Clemson and losses to Michigan State, Ohio State, BC, and a questionable loss to Furman. They also have 6 gimmes. RPI 133, schedule 257.
  • Next year, anyone?

Arkansas Razorbacks RPI 115

  • 18-12, 7-9 in SEC
  • OOC rundown: 10-3 with no notable wins and losses to UAB, Texas A&M, and Texas. They also have 9 gimmes. RPI 100, schedule 221.
  • Here’s guessing that John Pelphrey is going to be unemployed after next weekend or sooner.

Mississippi State Bulldogs RPI 114

  • 17-13, 9-7 in SEC
  • OOC rundown: 8-6 with no notable wins and plenty of losses. They also have 6 gimmes. RPI 180, schedule 167.
  • The Bulldogs came into the season with tourney hopes, but they have to win the SEC tournament now.

Louisiana State Tigers RPI 218

  • 11-20, 3-13 in SEC
  • OOC rundown: 8-7 with no notable wins and plenty of losses. They also have 7 gimmes. RPI 239, schedule 263.
  • They don’t go dancing unless they win the SEC tournament.

Auburn Tigers RPI 254

  • 11-19, 4-12 in SEC
  • OOC rundown: 7-7 with a win over Florida State and a bunch of bad losses. RPI 330, schedule 338.
  • If only they paid their hoops players Newton money…

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Pac 10 Basketball Overview March 6

Pac 10 Basketball Overview March 6

Team Overviews: Records are going into March 7th. RPI is courtesy of rpiforecast.com.

Current NCAA Locks:

Arizona Wildcats RPI 17

  • 25-6, 14-4 in Pac10  Away: 7-5  Neutral: 1-1
  • OOC rundown: 11-2 with a win over NC State and losses to Kansas and BYU. They also have 4 gimme wins. RPI 18, schedule 45.
  • Pac10 Wins: at Ore, Cal, Stan, ASU, at WSU, UCLA, USC, at Stan, at Cal, at ASU, WSU, Wash, OSU, Ore    Losses: at OSU, at Wash, at USC, at UCLA
  • The Cats need to win the Pac 10 tournament to get a 5 seed. They should be a 6 seed if they make the Pac 10 finals. No wins and they could be in an 8-9 game.

UCLA Bruins RPI 35

  • 22-9, 13-5 in Pac10  Away: 5-5  Neutral: 0-2
  • OOC rundown: 9-4 with wins over BYU and St John’s and losses to Villanova, VCU, Kansas, and Montana. They also have 6 gimme wins. RPI 74, schedule 40.
  • Pac10 Wins: WSU, at OSU, at Ore, Cal, Stan, at ASU, USC, Ore, OSU, at Stan, ASU, Ariz, at WSU  Losses: Wash, at USC, at Ariz, at Cal, at Wash
  • The Bruins need to win at least two games wear their white jerseys. Winning the Pac 10 tournament might get them as high as a 6 seed.

 

Bubble Territory:

Washington Huskies RPI 45

  • 20-10, 11-7 in Pac10  Away: 5-6  Neutral: 1-2
  • OOC rundown: 9-3 with a win over Virginia and losses to Kentucky, Michigan State, and Texas A&M. They also have 5 gimme wins. RPI 47, schedule 71.
  • Pac 10 Wins: at USC, at UCLA, Ore, OSU, at Cal, Ariz, ASU, Cal, Stan, at ASU, UCLA   Losses: at Stan, at WSU, at OSU, at Ore, at Ariz, WSU, USC
  • The Huskies need to win against Wazzu to be safe on Selection Sunday. They can climb as high as a 7 seed if they win the Pac 10 tourney.

 

Needs To Get Hot:

Washington State Cougars RPI 73

  • 19-11, 9-9 in Pac10  Away: 5-6  Neutral: 3-1
  • OOC rundown: 10-2 with wins over Gonzaga and Baylor and losses to Kansas State and Butler. They also have 5 gimme wins. RPI 55, schedule 154.
  • Pac 10 Wins: OSU, Ore, at Stan, ASU, Wash, at OSU, Cal, at Wash, USC   Losses: at UCLA, at USC, at Cal, Ariz, at Ore, Stan, at Ariz, at ASU, UCLA
  • The Cougars probably have to beat Washington and UCLA to have a chance.

California Golden Bears RPI 68

  • 17-13, 10-8 in Pac10   Away: 5-5  Neutral: 1-2
  • OOC rundown: 7-5 with wins over New Mexico, Temple, and Iowa State and losses to Notre Dame, BC, San Diego State, Southern Miss, and Kansas. They also have 4 gimme wins. RPI 70, schedule 6.
  • Cal doesn’t have a really bad loss on their record. The Bears need to beat USC and Arizona to be safe on Selection Sunday. Anything less probably won’t do.

USC Trojans RPI 69

  • 18-13, 10-8 in Pac10  Away: 5-8  Neutral: 1-1
  • OOC rundown: 8-5 with wins over Texas and Tennessee and losses to Rider, Bradley, Nebraska, TCU, and Kansas. They also have 3 gimme wins. RPI 79, schedule 53.
  • The Trojans need to beat Cal and Arizona to be safe on Selection Sunday.

 

Better Win the Conference Tournament:

Stanford Cardinal RPI 141

  • 15-15, 7-11 in Pac10
  • OOC rundown: 7-4 with a win over Virginia and losses to Murray State, Tulsa, Butler, and Oklahoma State. They also have 5 gimme wins and a gimme remaining against Seattle. RPI 149, schedule 250.
  • The Johnny Dawkins watch will begin if they’re here next season.

Oregon Ducks RPI 154

  • 14-16, 7-11 in Pac10
  • OOC rundown: 7-5 with no notable wins and plenty of losses. They also have 5 gimme wins and a non division I win. RPI 203, schedule 136.
  • No tourney this year for the Ducks.

Arizona State Sun Devils RPI 153

  • 12-18, 4-14 in Pac10
  • OOC rundown: 8-4 with wins over UAB and Tulsa and losses to New Mexico, St. John’s, Baylor, and Richmond. They also have 4 gimme wins. RPI 75, schedule 77.
  • Time to focus on recruiting.

Oregon State Beavers RPI 232

  • 10-19, 5-13 in Pac10
  • OOC rundown: 5-6 with no notable wins and plenty of losses. They also have 4 gimme wins. RPI 291, schedule 327.
  • No tourney this year for the Beavers, unless the President gets involved.

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Big East Basketball Overview March 6

Big East Basketball Overview March 6

Team Overviews: Records are going into March 7th. RPI is courtesy of rpiforecast.com.

Current NCAA Locks:

Pittsburgh Panthers RPI 6

  • 27-4, 15-3 in Big East  Away: 7-2  Neutral: 3-0
  • OOC rundown: 12-1 with solid wins over Rhode Island, Maryland, and Texas and a solid loss to Tennessee. RPI 21, schedule 91.
  • Big East: Wins: Conn, at PC, Marq, at Gtown, SH, Syr, at Dep, at Rut, Cin, at WVU, at Vill, USF, WVU, at USF, Vill   Losses: ND, at SJ, at Lou
  • The Panthers should be a 1 seed if they make it to the Big East finals. They might be good if they go 1-1 this week. They can drop no lower than a 2 seed.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish RPI 11

  • 25-5, 14-4 in Big East  Away: 5-5  Neutral: 3-0
  • OOC rundown: 11-1 with good wins over Georgia, Wisconsin, and Gonzaga with a good loss to Kentucky. RPI 27, schedule 149.
  • Big East: Wins: Gtown, Conn, SJ, Cin, Marq, at Pitt, at Dep, Rut, Lou, at USF, at PC, SH, Vill, at Conn   Losses: at Syr, at Marq, at SJ, at WVU
  • The Irish will be a 1 seed if they win the Big East tournament. Unless they lose their first game, they should be at least a 2 seed.

Syracuse Orangemen RPI 16

  • 25-6, 12-6 in Big East   Away: 7-3  Neutral: 2-0
  • OOC rundown: 13-0 with wins over Michigan and Michigan State. RPI 12, schedule 125.
  • Big East: Wins: PC, ND, at SH, at SJ, Cin, at Conn, at USF, WVU, Rut, at Vill, at Gtown, Dep Losses: at Pitt, Vill, SH, at Marq, Gtown, at Lou 
  • The Orange should be a lock for a 5 seed and will move up with wins. If they win the Big East tournament, they could move all the way to a 2 seed. Going 2-1 could get them to a 3 seed and going 1-1 should get them a 4 seed. It will be interesting to see how the selection committee deals with the Orange having no OOC road games. 

Louisville Cardinals RPI 20

  • 23-8, 12-6 in Big East  Away: 4-6  Neutral: 0-0
  • OOC rundown: 11-2 with a decent win over Butler and a good win over UNLV with losses to Drexel and Kentucky. RPI 46, schedule 75.
  • Big East: Wins: SH, at USF, Marq, SJ, WVU, at Conn, Dep, Syr, Conn, at Rut, Pit, PC    Losses: Vill, at PC, at Gtown, at ND, at Cin, at WVU
  • The Cardinals need to win at least 1 game to get a 4 seed. Winning the Big East tournament shouldn’t move them higher than a 3 seed.

West Virginia Mountaineers RPI 15

  • 20-10, 11-7 in Big East  Away: 4-6  Neutral: 2-2
  • OOC rundown: 9-3 with solid wins over Purdue, Vanderbilt and Cleveland St and losses to Minnesota, Miami (FL), and Marshall. RPI 10, schedule 4.
  • Big East: Wins: at Dep, at Gtown, PC, USF, at Cin, SH, Dep, ND, at Rut, Conn, Lou   Losses: SJ, at Marq, at Lou, at Vill, Pit, at Syr, at Pit
  • The Mountaineers can get a 4 seed if they beat Marquette and Louisville. Winning the Big East tournament gets them to a 3 seed. One win ensures a 5 seed and no wins sends them to a 6 or 7 seed.

Georgetown Hoyas RPI 10

  • 21-9, 10-8 in Big East  Away: 8-5  Neutral: 3-0
  • OOC rundown: 11-1 with good wins at Old Dominion, at Missouri, and Utah State. Solid loss to Temple. RPI 1, schedule 3.
  • Big East: Wins: Dep, at Rut, at SH, SJ, at Vill, Lou, PC, at Syr, Marq, at USF   Losses: at ND, at SJ, WVU, Pitt, at Conn, Cin, Syr, at Cin
  • The Hoyas are struggling w/o Wright. They need to beat UConn to get a 5 seed and avoid falling to a 6 or 7 seed with a loss. Winning 2 games and they’re a lock 4 seed, if not a 3 seed. Getting to the Big East finals makes them a lock 3 seed. They can still get a 2 seed if they win the Big East tournament. It would take wins over UConn, Pitt, Cuse, and another team to do that. Easy 2 seed.

Connecticut Huskies RPI 23

  • 21-9, 9-9 in Big East  Away: 5-4  Neutral: 3-0
  • OOC rundown: 12-0 with good wins over Wichita State, Michigan State, Kentucky, at Texas, and Tennessee. RPI 4, schedule 41.
  • Big East: Wins: USF, Rut, at Dep, Vill, at Marq, at SH, PC, Gtown, at Cin   Losses: at Pitt, at ND, Lou, Syr, at SJ, at Lou, Mar, at WVU, ND
  • The Huskies need multiple wins to avoid a 6 seed. Beating Georgetown gets them a  5 seed, beating Pitt a 4 seed, and can climb to a 3 seed if they make the Big East finals.

St John’s Redman RPI 22

  • 20-10, 12-6 in Big East  Away: 5-7  Neutral: 3-0
  • OOC rundown: 8-4 with a win over Duke, but they lost to St Mary’s, St Bonaventure, Fordham, and UCLA. RPI 61, schedule 59.
  • Big East: Wins: at WVU, at PC, Gtown, ND, Rut, Conn, at Cin, at Mar, Pit, Dep, at Vill, USF   Losses: at ND, Syr, at Lou, Cin, at Gtown, at SH
  • The Johnnies need to win a game to get a 7 seed, beat Syracuse for a 6 seed. If they beat Pitt they might jump to a 4 seed. If they win the Big East tournament, they might get rewarded with a 3 seed. Tough, but not many teams are better after January 1.

Villanova Wildcats RPI 31

  • 21-10, 9-9 in Big East   Away: 7-5  Neutral: 1-1
  • OOC rundown: 12-1 with good wins over Temple and UCLA. RPI 17, schedule 109.
  • Big East: Wins: Rut, at USF, Cin, Lou, at Syr, Marq, WVU, at SH, at Dep   Losses: at Conn, at PC, Gtown, at Rut, Pitt, Syr, SJ, ND, Pitt
  • The Cats need to beat USF to avoid wearing their blue jerseys in their opening game. If they beat Cincy, they are probably a 7 seed. If they beat ND, they move to a 6 seed. They can climb all the way to a 4 seed if they miraculously win the Big East tourney.

Cincinnati Bearcats RPI 32

  • 24-7, 11-7 in Big East  Away: 8-4  Neutral: 0-0
  • OOC rundown: 13-0 with blowout wins over Dayton and Xavier and 7 gimmes. RPI 38, schedule 284.
  • Big East: Wins: Dep, SH, USF, at SJ, Rut, at Dep, Lou, at PC, at Gtown, at Marq, Gtown     Losses: at Vill, at Syr, at ND, WVU, at Pitt, SJ, Conn
  • The Bearcats will be a 7 seed if they beat Villanova. They can be a 6 if they beat ND. They can probably go all the way to a 4 seed if they win the Big East tourney.

 

Bubble Territory:

Marquette Warriors RPI 67

  • 18-13, 9-9 in Big East  Away: 4-7  Neutral: 0-2
  • OOC rundown: 9-4 with no notable wins and losses to Duke, Gonzaga, Wisconsin, and Vanderbilt. RPI 123, schedule 158.
  • Big East: Wins: WVU, at Rut, ND, Dep, Syr, at USF, SH, at Conn, PC   Losses: at Pitt, at Lou, at ND, Conn, at Vill, at Gtown, SJ
  • Beat PC and you’re in Marquette. After that, the Eagles can move into an 8-9 game with a win over West Virginia and move into a 7 seed if they beat Louisville.

Better Win the Conference Tournament:

Rutgers Scarlet Knights RPI 124

  • 14-16, 5-13 in Big East
  • OOC rundown: 9-3 with a good win over Miami (FL) and a decent loss to North Carolina and bad losses to Princeton and St. Joseph’s. RPI 90, schedule 217.
  • CBI? Jersey Shore Invitational?

Providence Friars RPI 146

  • 15-16, 4-14 in Big East
  • OOC rundown: 11-2 with a solid win over URI and a decent loss to BC. RPI 81, schedule 252.
  • CBI, anyone?

Seton Hall Pirates RPI 93

  • 13-17, 7-11 in Big East
  • OOC rundown: 6-6 with no good wins and plenty of solid losses. RPI 121, schedule 25.
  • Their losing record shouldn’t turn off the CBI committee.

South Florida Bulls RPI 160

  • 9-22, 3-15 in Big East
  • OOC rundown: 6-7 with a win over VCU and plenty of losses. RPI 132, schedule 35.
  • Not this year.

DePaul Blue Demons RPI 229

  • 7-23, 1-17 in Big East
  • OOC rundown: 6-6 with no good wins and plenty of bad losses. RPI 249, schedule 225.
  • Wait til next year.

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Atlantic Ten Basketball Overview March 6

Atlantic Ten Basketball Overview March 6

Team Overviews: Records are going into March 7th. RPI is courtesy of rpiforecast.com.

Current NCAA Locks:

Xavier Musketeers RPI 21

  • 24-6, 15-1 in A10  Away: 8-4  Neutral: 2-1
  • OOC rundown: 9-5 with wins over Butler and Georgia. They have losses to ODU, Miami (OH), Gonzaga, Florida, and Cincinnati. They also had 3 gimmes. RPI 38, schedule 14.
  • A10 Wins: at URI, UMass, Day, at SB, Tem, GW, at Rich, SLU, at Duq, at SJU, For, Las, at Day, Char, SLU   Losses: at Char
  • The Musketeers have a chance to get a 4 seed if they win the A-10 tournament. Losing in the finals to Temple or Richmond would most likely put them into a 6 seed. Losing in the semis would give them a 7 seed, or maybe put them into an 8-9 game.

Temple Owls RPI 29

  • 24-6, 14-2 in A10   Away: 9-4  Neutral: 1-2
  • OOC rundown: 10-3 with good wins over Georgia, Maryland, and Georgetown along with losses to Cal, Texas A&M, Villanova, and Duke. They also had 3 gimmes. RPI 39, schedule 58.
  • A10 Wins: at Ford, SLU, SB, Char, at SJU, Las, URI, Ford, at Day, Rich, SJU, at GW, at UMass, Las   Losses: at Duq, at Xav
  • The Owls could climb to a 4 seed if they win the A-10 tournament. Losing to Xavier in the finals should get them a 5 or 6 seed and losing in the semis to Richmond will drop them to a 7 seed. Losing their first game and they will be in an 8-9 game.

 

Bubble Territory:

Richmond Spiders RPI 54

  • 24-7, 13-3 in A10  Away: 10-3  Neutral: 2-1
  • OOC rundown: 11-4 with a big win over Purdue, but losses to Iona, Old Dominion, Georgia Tech, and Bucknell. They also had 5 gimmes. RPI 86, schedule 189.
  • A10 Wins: Cha, at Las, GW, at UMass, at Day, SJU, at For, at GW, SLU, SB, at Cha, at SJU, Duq  Losses: URI, Xav, at Tem
  • The Spiders need to beat the URI-St Louis winner to be safe on Selection Sunday. Beating Temple would get them into a 9 or 10 seed and winning the A-10 tournament could be good enough to get them a 7 seed.

 

Better Win the Conference Tournament:

Dayton Flyers RPI 82

  • 19-12, 7-9 in A10  Away: 5-6
  • OOC rundown: 12-3 with solid wins over Mississippi, George Mason, and New Mexico and losses to Cincinnati, East Tennessee State, and Old Dominion. They also have 5 gimme wins. RPI 32, schedule 54.
  • The Flyers can’t get an at-large and need to win the A-10 tournament.

Duquesne Dukes RPI 97

  • 18-11, 10-6 in A10
  • OOC rundown: 8-5 with no good wins and some solid losses and one bad one. RPI 125, schedule 146.
  • The Dukes hold out hope for some postseason tournament.

Rhode Island Rams RPI 97

  • 18-12, 9-7 in A10
  • OOC rundown: 9-5 with wins over BC and Drexel and some good losses, but two bad ones. RPI 77, schedule 117.
  • The Rams got swept by UMass. Enough said.

Massachusetts Minutemen RPI 145

  • 15-14, 7-9 in A10
  • OOC rundown: 8-5 with no good wins and a couple of bad losses along with a non division I win. RPI 135, schedule 113.
  • Fordham found a team that they are better than.

Saint Bonaventure Bonnies RPI 112

  • 16-13, 8-8 in A10
  • OOC rundown: 8-5 with a win over St. John’s, but two bad losses to Canisius and Niagara. RPI 113, schedule 135.
  • The Bonnies are trying to make a run to the CBI.

LaSalle Explorers RPI 179

  • 14-17, 6-10 in A10
  • OOC rundown: 8-7 with no good wins and some solid losses and one bad one. RPI 204, schedule 164.
  • No NCAA’s this season.

George Washington Colonials RPI 135

  • 17-13, 10-6 in A10
  • OOC rundown: 7-7 with no good wins and lots of bad losses. RPI 223, schedule 245.
  • Is Karl Hobbs done in DC? A new AD might think so.

Saint Louis Billikens RPI 170

  • 12-18, 6-10 in A10
  • OOC rundown: 6-8 with no good wins and too many losses. RPI 195, schedule 65.
  • No NCAA’s in the last 10 seasons, soon to be 11.

Saint Joseph’s Hawks RPI 196

  • 9-21, 4-12 in A10
  • OOC rundown: 5-9 with no good wins and too many losses. RPI 164, schedule 81.
  • The Hawks have lost at least 20 games in consecutive seasons for the first time since Jim Boyle’s final two seasons, 1988-89 and 1989-90. There was a new coach for the next season.

Charlotte 49ers RPI 222

  • 10-20, 2-14 in A10
  • OOC rundown: 8-6 with a good win over Tennessee but a bunch of losses. RPI 161, schedule 234.
  • Season over.

Fordham Rams RPI 248

  • 7-21, 1-15 in A10
  • OOC rundown: 6-6 with a good win over St. John’s but a bunch of losses. RPI 183, schedule 130.
  • Win over UMass stopped their 41 game A-10 losing streak. They will be one of a few teams to end their season with a win.

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