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Ranking the NCAA Men’s Hoops Major Job Openings

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There are many factors that go into making a college coaching job better than another. Sometimes it can just be based on timing, as schools change administrations, conferences, or upgrade facilities. The biggest factor, however, is the total commitment by the administration and the fan/alumni base. It’s that commitment that can make or break the non-elite coaches.

1. Arkansas

The Hogs are the most recent national champion in this group. This is a program with a tremendous amount of success starting with Eddie Sutton in the 1970’s and followed by Nolan Richardson’s 40 minutes of Hell-era. Since Richardson, Stan Heath and John Pelphrey have only made 3 NCAA tournaments in 9 seasons and Arkansas hasn’t been a major player nationally.

The expectations are higher in Fayetteville than many places and for good reason. Since Bud Walton Arena opened before the 1993-94 season, the Razorbacks have been in the top 10 nationally in attendance 11 of 17 seasons it’s been open. They play in the extremely weak SEC West where football reigns supreme. The only other traditionally good SEC West basketball school is LSU and they are going through worse times in Baton Rouge than Arkansas. There’s no reason why Arkansas can’t be the class of the SEC West given their tradition and competition.

If the SEC is a five or six bid league annually, then Arkansas should be in the running for one of the spots competing right behind Kentucky and Florida. That leaves three or four spots for the ten remaining teams. Arkansas shouldn’t be taking a back seat to any of the remaining teams as long as they have the right coach. As a school that has been to 3 Final Fours and has one championship since 1990, more is expected from this program. The right hire here and the Hogs could be national powers again in the near future.

2. North Carolina State

If the rumors are true, then Sidney Lowe should be unemployed shortly after his midday meeting with AD Debbie Yow. The word is that NC State will be offering upwards of $3M per season to the next coach to compete on Tobacco Road against the heavyweights of college basketball.

The tradition of this program has taken a hit over the past 20 years, but the passion of the fan base remains rabid. Many forget, but there are only a handful of schools that have more national championships than the Wolfpack’s two in 1974 and 1983. Their rich history spans decades with successful coaches like Everett Case, Norm Sloan, and Jim Valvano. But with only six NCAA bids since 1989, the prestige of the program has taken a hit, both locally and nationally and this hire can go a long way to restoring the success in the program.

Like the SEC, the ACC is typically a five or six bid league annually. That usually leaves four bids for the ten teams behind Duke and UNC every March. There’s no reason why NC State should be behind football schools Clemson, Florida State, Miami, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech. They also have a better tradition and history of success than Virginia and Wake Forest. They belong with Maryland in the next tier below UNC in the ACC.

Duke is different animal. They are in a special situation where they might have the best coach ever in college basketball. The key question that the new head coach needs to know is: How much longer will Coach K be at Duke? Once Coach K leaves Duke, that will open up the competition for the #2 spot in the ACC behind UNC. With the right coach, the Wolfpack could easily fill the void that Duke will leave when Coach K leaves. If this happens within the next 3-5 years, this new coach should benefit.

3. Utah

The Utes? Yes. The 1998 national runner-ups have a very good tradition that has gone under the radar due to their media market and conference affiliations. But beginning next season, they will be a part of the Pacific 12 conference and there will be an opportunity for major success.

The Utes have a national championship during World War II and also played in three other Final Fours, including 1998. The Utes have appeared in 27 NCAA tournaments and also won the NIT in 1947 when it was still bigger than the NCAAs. In addition, the Utes are tied with Indiana for 11th on the all-time win list with 1651 wins.

The Pac 10 hasn’t been that great in recent years and a good hire should get Utah into the top third of the conference quickly. Only UCLA and Arizona are the traditionally stronger programs than Utah in the Pac 12. The other top programs are very similar in history and success. The Huntsman Center is a very good facility that has hosted the NCAA tournament as recently as 2006 and is bigger than any building in the new Pac 12.

Athletic Director Chris Hill has made two hires since Rick Majerus left seven years ago. Unfortunately, it has only resulted in two appearances in the NCAAs. This is now a good job in a BCS conference now; they appear to want to make a strong commitment, so will they be able to attract the right coach?

4. Oklahoma

Jeff Capel was let go on Monday and it’s now hiring season in Norman. While the Sooners have a solid basketball program, it will always be in the shadow of its perennial top 10 football program. The program has been very good over the past 30 years but competing annually against Kansas and a now stronger Texas makes this job more difficult than the others above on the list. In addition, Bedlam rival Oklahoma State has a much longer and richer tradition of success on the hardwood than the Sooners.

The departure of Colorado and Nebraska tightens up the quality of the conference basketball wise. But there are unknowns about the future of the league and how a conference shift based on football might affect the basketball program. This is a solid job, but not a great job. They will always be clustered in a group behind Kansas in the conference. The resources are there, but the fan base isn’t as passionate as the other schools on this list.

Since Billy Tubbs arrived for the 1980-81 season, the Sooners have played in 23 NCAA tournaments, with two Final Fours, and also two NIT appearances. They made 25 straight postseason appearances from 1982-2006 which was snapped after Capel’s first season. The AD Joe Castiglione is definitely committed to excellence. But will he be able to find that special coach who can lead the Sooners back to the Final Four?

5. Georgia Tech

The Rambling Wreck was an also-ran in the ACC forever before they brought Bobby Cremins into the program in 1981. In the 19 seasons with Cremins, the Yellow Jackets went to 10 of their 16 NCAA tournaments and one Final Four. Recently fired Paul Hewitt went to 5 NCAAs in 11 seasons and lost in the 2004 championship game.

What makes this program somewhat intriguing is the size of the school and their alumni base. Even though they are a traditional football school, Georgia Tech has gotten a taste of success in hoops over the past 25 years and the right hire might be able to reenergize the fan base. This biggest problem facing Tech is similar to NC State, playing in the competitive ACC. Except that they lack the Tobacco Road fanaticism and tradition that State has.

Georgia Tech is an ACC school located in Atlanta. That should be enticing, right? But you start every year playing for third in the ACC and the expectations are generally high. Hewitt got eleven years, but he was given extra time based on his early success. His replacement isn’t going to be guaranteed that kind of support. As with NC State, the timing could be right here. The conference is down across the board, save UNC and Duke, so the right hire could catapult the Yellow Jackets to the top third of the ACC.

6. Providence

Here’s an example of why all big conference jobs aren’t created equal. The Friars were great under Joe Mullaney and Dave Gavitt in the years leading up to the formation of the Big East conference in 1979. Since then, the Friars have struggled to compete against the nationally recognizable conference mates.

Rick Pitino had a short tenure at PC, but took the Friars to their second and last Final Four in 1987. In the decade or so after Pitino left for the Knicks, the Friars became a stop on the basketball coaching ladder as Rick Barnes and Pete Gillen both left PC for the ACC.  Before firing Keno Davis after only three seasons, the Friars were incredibly patient with his predecessor, Tim Welsh. Welsh spent 10 years at PC with only two appearances in the NCAA’s after taking over for Pete Gillen in 1998.

So what is the deal here? The fanbase is terrific as the Friars are essentially the “pro team” in the state capital of Rhode Island during the winter. The problem is that the Big East is ridiculously difficult to compete in now. Ten coaches in the conference have made it to the Sweet 16 or farther. Six have been to the Final Four and three have won NCAA championships.

While the fans probably want a lifer, the best possible coach for them would be in the mold of a young Pitino or Barnes who are working their way up in the profession. Maybe they can get lucky and that coach sticks around for a few years longer than expected.

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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.

 Make sure you check in every morning for a review of the previous day’s games on the Road to Selection Sunday.

ACC Basketball Overview February 28

February 28, 2011 1 comment

ACC Basketball Overview February 28

Team Overviews: Records are going into February 28th. RPI is courtesy of rpiforecast.com.

Current NCAA Locks:

Duke Blue Devils RPI 5

  • 26-3, 12-2 in ACC   Away: 8-3
  • 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 8, schedule 45.
  • ACC Wins: Mia, Mary, UVA, at NC St, at WF, BC, at Mary, NC St, UNC, at Mia, at UVa, GT      Losses: at FSU, at VT
  • The Devils might have to run the table to claim a #1 seed. They have some nice wins, but lost their only OOC game against a top 25 RPI team (St John’s). They need to win at least 3 more games to be a 2 seed.

North Carolina Tar Heels RPI 10

  • 22-6, 12-2 in ACC   Away: 7-3
  • 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 26, schedule 20.
  • ACC Wins: at UVa, VT, Clem, at Mia, NC St, at BC, FSU, at Clem, WF, BC, at NC St, Mary     Losses: at GT, at Duke
  • The Heels need at least 2 more wins to get a Sweet 16 seed. They can climb to as high as a 2 seed if they run the table. Winning at least 3 more games would give them a shot at a 3 seed, although it will probably take 4 more wins.

 

Bubble Territory:

Florida State Seminoles RPI 47

  • 20-8, 10-4 in ACC   Away: 7-5
  • 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 117, schedule 210.
  • ACC Wins: Clem, Duke, NC St, at Mia, BC, WF, at GT, UVa, at WF, Mia   Losses: at VT, at Clem, at UNC, at Mary
  • The Noles need to win at least 2 more games to be safe on Selection Sunday. That’s going to be tough without Singleton. Getting the bye might actually hurt them for those 2 wins.

Virginia Tech Hokies RPI 55

  • 19-8, 9-5 in ACC   Away: 6-5
  • 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 77, schedule 156.
  • 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
  • The Hokies need to win at least 2 more games to be safe on Selection Sunday. Getting only one win puts them in their annual bubble spot.

Boston College Eagles RPI 46

  • 17-11, 7-7 in ACC   Away: 3-6
  • 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 55, schedule 41.
  • ACC Wins: at Mary, GT, NC St, UVa, VT, Mary, at UVa   Losses: at Mia, at FSU, at Duke, UNC, at Clem, at UNC, Mia
  • The Eagles need to win at least 3 more games to be safe on Selection Sunday. Their OOC profile gets worse by the day.

Clemson Tigers RPI 69

  • 19-9, 8-6 in ACC   Away: 3-6
  • OOC rundown: 11-3 with no good wins and losses to Old Dominion, Michigan, and South Carolina. They also have 6 gimme wins. RPI 97, schedule 214.
  • ACC Wins: Mia, GT, NC St, FSU, at GT, BC, at Mia, WF  Losses: at FSU, at UNC, at Mary, at UVa, UNC, at NC St
  • The Tigers need at least 3 more wins to be safe on Selection Sunday. One caveat, they can probably clinch a spot by winning their two remaining ACC games and avoiding Wake in the first round.

 

Needs To Get Hot:

Maryland Terrapins RPI 85

  • 18-11, 7-7 in ACC   Away: 4-5
  • 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 99, schedule 171.
  • ACC Wins: at WF, Clem, at UVa, at GT, WF, NC St, FSU   Losses: BC, at Duke, VT, Duke, at BC, at VT, at UNC
  • The only scenario where the Terps could get an at-large would be running the table and losing in the ACC finals while beating Duke along the way. Got that?

Miami Hurricanes RPI 68

  • 17-12, 5-9 in ACC   Away: 4-7
  • 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 47, schedule 141.
  • ACC Wins: BC, GT, UVa, WF, at BC     Losses: at Duke, at Clem, FSU, at NC St, UNC, at VT, Duke, Clem, at FSU
  • The horrible bubble keeps the ‘Canes alive. They need to win their final 2 ACC games and win at least two in Greensboro to be safe. Yuck.

 

Better Win the Conference Tournament:

North Carolina State Wolfpack RPI 103

  • 15-13, 5-9 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 101, schedule 164.
  • The Sidney Lowe watch has begun.

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets RPI 181

  • 11-17, 3-11 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 8-6 with a win over Richmond and a bunch of losses. They also have 6 gimme wins. RPI 163, schedule 177.
  • How many more down years does Hewitt get? 2004 is a long time ago in hoop years.

Virginia Cavaliers RPI 147

  • 14-14, 5-9 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 9-5 with a good win over Minnesota and a horrific loss to Seattle. They also have 5 gimme wins. RPI 212, schedule 289.
  • 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 252

  • 8-21, 1-13 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 271, schedule 258.
  • When did the Deacons turn into Fordham? The A-10 invite is forthcoming.

 

That’s this week’s ACC overview. This will be updated next week.

Make sure you check in every morning for a review of the previous day’s games on the Road to Selection Sunday.

ACC Basketball Overview February 22

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ACC Basketball Overview February 22

Team Overviews: Records are going into February 22nd. RPI is courtesy of rpiforecast.com.

Current NCAA Locks:

Duke Blue Devils RPI 6

  • 25-2, 12-1 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 13-0 with wins against Marquette, Kansas State, Michigan State, Butler, and UAB and a loss to St John’s. They also have 5 gimme wins and a remaining game with Temple. RPI 11, schedule 84.
  • ACC Wins: Mia, Mary, UVA, at NC St, at WF, BC, at Mary, NC St, UNC, at Mia, at UVa, GT      Losses: at FSU
  • The Devils need at least 5 more wins to claim a #1 seed. They have some nice wins, but lost their only OOC game against a top 25 RPI team (St John’s).

North Carolina Tar Heels RPI 11

  • 20-6, 10-2 in ACC
  • 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 25, schedule 19.
  • ACC Wins: at UVa, VT, Clem, at Mia, NC St, at BC, FSU, at Clem, WF, BC     Losses: at GT, at Duke
  • The Heels need at least 4 more wins to get a Sweet 16 seed.

 

Bubble Territory:

Boston College Eagles RPI 45

  • 16-10, 6-6 in ACC
  • 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 59, schedule 55.
  • ACC Wins: at Mary, GT, NC St, UVa, VT, Mary   Losses: at Mia, at FSU, at Duke, UNC, at Clem, at UNC
  • The Eagles need to win at least 4 more games to be safe on Selection Sunday.

Florida State Seminoles RPI 49

  • 19-7, 9-3 in ACC
  • 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 121, schedule 225.
  • ACC Wins: Clem, Duke, NC St, at Mia, BC, WF, at GT, UVa, at WF   Losses: at VT, at Clem, at UNC
  • The Noles need to win at least 3 more games to be safe on Selection Sunday. That’s going to be tough without Singleton.

Virginia Tech Hokies RPI 67

  • 17-8, 7-5 in ACC
  • 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 82, schedule 168.
  • ACC Wins: FSU, WF, at Mary, Mia, at NC St, GT, Mary  Losses: UVa, at UNC, at GT, at BC, at UVA
  • The Hokies need to win at least 3 more games, including Duke, to be safe on Selection Sunday. Otherwise, they probably need at least 4 wins.

Clemson Tigers RPI 66

  • 18-9, 7-6 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 11-3 with no good wins and losses to Old Dominion, Michigan, and South Carolina. They also have 6 gimme wins. RPI 104, schedule 224.
  • ACC Wins: Mia, GT, NC St, FSU, at GT, BC, at Mia  Losses: at FSU, at UNC, at Mary, at UVa, UNC, at NC St
  • The Tigers need at least 4 more wins to be safe on Selection Sunday.

 

Needs To Get Hot:

Maryland Terrapins RPI 92

  • 17-10, 6-6 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 98, schedule 161.
  • ACC Wins: at WF, Clem, at UVa, at GT, WF, NC St   Losses: BC, at Duke, VT, Duke, at BC, at VT
  • The Terrapins need to win at least 6 games to be safe on Selection Sunday. That means winning out and at least 2 more wins in Greensboro. They just aren’t that impressive.

Miami Hurricanes RPI 75

  • 16-11, 4-8 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 142.
  • ACC Wins: BC, GT, UVa, WF     Losses: at Duke, at Clem, FSU, at NC St, UNC, at VT, Duke, Clem
  • The horrible bubble keeps the ‘Canes alive. They need to win their final 4 ACC games and win another game or two in Greensboro to be safe. That would give them a good record over their final 10 games.

 

Better Win the Conference Tournament:

North Carolina State Wolfpack RPI 100

  • 14-12, 4-8 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 103, schedule 165.
  • The Sidney Lowe watch has begun.

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets RPI 155

  • 11-15, 3-9 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 8-6 with a win over Richmond and a bunch of losses. They also have 5 gimme wins and 1 more gimme to play. RPI 163, schedule 170.
  • How many more down years does Hewitt get? 2004 is a long time ago in hoop years.

Virginia Cavaliers RPI 146

  • 13-13, 4-8 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 9-5 with a good win over Minnesota and a horrific loss to Seattle. They also have 5 gimme wins. RPI 209, schedule 287.
  • 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 252

  • 8-19, 1-11 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 272, schedule 266.
  • When did the Deacons turn into Fordham? The A-10 invite is forthcoming.

 

That’s this week’s ACC overview. This will be updated next week.

Make sure you check in every morning for a review of the previous day’s games on the Road to Selection Sunday.

Welcome to the Road to Selection Sunday for Feb 16

February 16, 2011 Leave a comment

Can Walker regain his early season form?

Welcome to the Road to Selection Sunday for Feb 16

News and Notes:

Its preseason Big East POY against early season Big East POY when Freeman and Walker matchup in Hartford tonight.

The Badgers look to screen their way to open shots against the Boilers tonight.

The Boilers face back-to-back home tests that could get them back into running for the Big Ten regular season title.

Expect an ugly game tonight between the Cards and Bearcats in Cincinnati.

Sulking on the bench isn’t going to cut it for the Bearcats’ Gates.

Witherspoon is cleared to play tonight for the Memphis against UAB after missing five weeks.

Things are heating up for Bill Carmody at Northwestern.

The Illini know that they need to play harder against Michigan.

Could this be the Longhorns best defensive team under Barnes?

The Cowboys are 0-5 in Big 12 road games going into Austin tonight.

The Aztecs’ Tim Shelton might be the toughest player in college hoops.

Yesterday’s Winners:

George Mason: There’s no better mid-major team in the country right now. The CAA is ranked 10th among all conferences in the RPI and the Patriots are destroying the competition. They’ve won a school record 12 straight games by an average of almost 18 points per game, including ODU by 17 and VCU last night by 20 in Richmond. Get ready to see Mason get at least a 6 seed if they win out.

St. John’s: There aren’t many teams playing better than St. John’s over the past month. Solid road win in a game that Marquette had to have. With 8 Big East wins, the Redman, er Red Storm, are virtually ensured of returning to the Big Dance for the first time since 2002. That happens to be the same year as Steve Lavin’s last NCAA team at UCLA.

Virginia Tech: The Hokies helped their NCAA chances by holding serve at home and knocking out the Terps. There’s no way now that Maryland can get in ahead of them. They also need just 3 more wins to get to 10 and if they do that and win their opener in the ACC tourney, they’re in.

Gardner-Webb: The Runnin’ Bulldogs exposed Coastal Carolina for just a solid lower conference team. There were some media types who were beginning to talk up the Chanticleers, but it just takes a quick look at their results to know that they aren’t special. Mark Coastal Carolina down for the #15 seed in the East, probably playing Duke in Charlotte.

MVC: The Valley kept their hopes of being a multi-bid conference alive as both Wichita State and Missouri State won their games. They both have crucial Bracketbuster games coming up this weekend.

Jim Burr: The veteran official won me over with his wireless mike on the Michigan State-Ohio State telecast. Sixteen Final Fours and seven national championship games have been officiated by Burr.

Losers:

Michigan State: Sparty needs to win, whether it’s against Iowa or against Ohio State. The Hawkeyes provide their only “easy” game remaining as the other four pre-Big Ten tourney games are against at-large contenders.

Virginia Commonwealth: Back-to-back losses against in-state rivals ODU and George Mason might do in the Rams. I wouldn’t be so down on them if they didn’t lose by 20, but they did. Barring a five game winning streak with a close loss to Mason in the CAA finals, the Rams are now on the NIT watch list.

Maryland: Look for Maryland to host VCU in the opening round of the NIT after the Terps just got swept by a second ACC bubble team last night in Blacksburg. Maybe next year Gary and the Terps will actually take the 8 AAU teams off their schedule and play some of the local mid-majors. An 11-5 OOC record with quality wins and games would have the Terps in the middle of the bubble, not done. Five out of 15 doesn’t cut it, especially when the Winston-Salem AAU team is on their conference schedule twice.

Marquette: Here’s another team that hoped to skate through their OOC schedule and back into the Big Dance. Last night’s loss was a must-win and now the Warriors, er Golden Eagles, might have to win multiple games in MSG to have a chance. They went 0-4 against quality and 9-0 against the triple-digit RPI types. Blame your schedule maker when you’re hosting an opening round NIT game, Buzz.

Wednesday’s Notable Games: RPI in ()

(18) Wisconsin at (10) Purdue:  6:30 EST

(24) Louisville at (53) Cincinnati:  ESPN at 7 EST

(4) Georgetown at (13) Connecticut: 7 EST

(16) Vanderbilt at (39) Georgia:  ESPNU at 7 EST

(36) UAB at (33) Memphis:  CBS College at 7 EST

(54) UTEP at (50) Southern Miss:  8 EST

(57) Michigan at (40) Illinois:  8:30 EST

(55) Oklahoma State at (8) Texas:  ESPN2 at 9 EST

(68) New Mexico at (5) San Diego State:  10:30 EST

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ACC Basketball Overview February 15

February 15, 2011 Leave a comment

ACC Basketball Overview February 15

Team Overviews: Records are going into February 15th. RPI is courtesy of rpiforecast.com.

Current NCAA Locks:

Duke Blue Devils RPI 6

  • 23-2, 10-1 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 13-0 with wins against Marquette, Kansas State, Michigan State, Butler, and UAB and a loss to St John’s. They also have 5 gimme wins and a remaining game with Temple. RPI 11, schedule 86.
  • ACC Wins: Mia, Mary, UVA, at NC St, at WF, BC, at Mary, NC St, UNC, at Mia      Losses: at FSU
  • The Devils need at least 6 more wins to claim a #1 seed. They have some nice wins, but lost their only OOC game against a top 25 RPI team (St John’s).

North Carolina Tar Heels RPI 10

  • 18-6, 8-2 in ACC
  • 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 21, schedule 19.
  • ACC Wins: at UVa, VT, Clem, at Mia, NC St, at BC, FSU, at Clem     Losses: at GT, at Duke
  • The Heels need at least 5 more wins to get a Sweet 16 seed.

 

Bubble Territory:

Boston College Eagles RPI 42

  • 16-9, 6-5 in ACC
  • 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 54, schedule 50.
  • ACC Wins: at Mary, GT, NC St, UVa, VT, Mary   Losses: at Mia, at FSU, at Duke, UNC, at Clem
  • The Eagles need to win at least 5 more games to be safe on Selection Sunday.

Florida State Seminoles RPI 48

  • 18-7, 8-3 in ACC
  • 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 116, schedule 223.
  • ACC Wins: Clem, Duke, NC St, at Mia, BC, WF, at GT, UVa   Losses: at VT, at Clem, at UNC
  • The Noles need to win at least 5 more games to be safe on Selection Sunday. That’s going to be tough without Singleton.

Virginia Tech Hokies RPI 65

  • 16-7, 6-4 in ACC
  • 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 81, schedule 161.
  • ACC Wins: FSU, WF, at Mary, Mia, at NC St, GT  Losses: UVa, at UNC, at GT, at BC
  • The Hokies need to win at least 6 more games to be safe on Selection Sunday.

Clemson Tigers RPI 76

  • 17-8, 6-5 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 11-3 with no good wins and losses to Old Dominion, Michigan, and South Carolina. They also have 6 gimme wins. RPI 105, schedule 232.
  • ACC Wins: Mia, GT, NC St, FSU, at GT, BC  Losses: at FSU, at UNC, at Mary, at UVa, UNC
  • The Tigers need at least 6 more wins to be safe on Selection Sunday.

 

Needs To Get Hot:

Maryland Terrapins RPI 90

  • 16-9, 5-5 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 98, schedule 159.
  • ACC Wins: at WF, Clem, at UVa, at GT, WF   Losses: BC, at Duke, VT, Duke, at BC
  • The Terrapins need to win at least 7 games to be safe on Selection Sunday.

 Miami Hurricanes RPI 67

  • 15-10, 4-7 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 11-3 with a good win over West Virginia and losses to Memphis, Rutgers and Central Florida. They also have 5 gimme wins. RPI 42, schedule 112.
  • ACC Wins: BC, GT, UVa, WF     Losses: at Duke, at Clem, FSU, at NC St, UNC, at VT, Duke
  • The Canes need to win at least 7 games to be safe on Selection Sunday. They can’t afford any more losses, except late in the ACC tourney.

 

Better Win the Conference Tournament:

North Carolina State Wolfpack RPI 97

  • 13-11, 3-7 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 106, schedule 169.
  • The Sidney Lowe watch has begun.

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets RPI 174

  • 10-14, 3-8 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 7-6 with a win over Richmond and a bunch of losses. They also have 5 gimme wins and 1 more gimme to play. RPI 183, schedule 179.
  • How many more down years does Hewitt get? 2004 is a long time ago in hoop years.

Virginia Cavaliers RPI 148

  • 12-12, 3-7 in ACC
  • OOC rundown: 9-5 with a good win over Minnesota and a horrific loss to Seattle. They also have 5 gimme wins. RPI 190, schedule 274.
  • The Cavs are going to ruin one or two of their ACC mates’ seasons.

Wake Forest Demon Deacons RPI 256

  • 8-17, 1-9 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 270, schedule 260.
  • When did the Deacons turn into Fordham? The A-10 invite is forthcoming.

 

That’s this week’s ACC overview. This will be updated next week.

Make sure you check in every morning for a review of the previous day’s games on the Road to Selection Sunday.

Road to Selection Sunday for Feb 15

February 15, 2011 Leave a comment

The Beard dominated last night

Welcome to the Road to Selection Sunday for Feb 15

News and Notes:

No rest for Ohio State with big games looming ahead this week.

Delvin Roe doesn’t look like he’s going to go tonight for the Spartans in Columbus.

What a difference a year makes as last year’s matchups between Kentucky and Mississippi State were close and contentious games by tournament bound teams.

Marquette has a pretty good one-two punch at center.

The Terrapins could be facing a must-win game in Blacksburg tonight.

It’s all basketball for the Hokies’ Delaney as he doesn’t need to go to class.

George Mason is going for a school record winning streak tonight in Richmond.

Yesterday’s Winners:

The Beard: Jacob Pullen was outstanding, 38 points with 23 in the first half, as he finally put together the type of performance that many expected him to put forth often in a season that Pullen was the favorite for the Big 12 POY award and a candidate for the national POY award. Pullen’s “Senior” Moment might be the trigger for a K-State turnaround for the season and a forthcoming postseason run.

Kansas State: The Wildcats administered a wire-to-wire beatdown of the newly crowned #1 team in the country. It was a result that is normally reversed in this one-sided rivalry. The Cats are now 3-42 in their last 45 games against their in-state rivals.  

Syracuse: The Orange were down by six early in the second half before blowing the Mountaineers out of the building outscoring the ‘Neers 37-20 the rest of the way. While the Cuse should have won this game, they really needed to stop their home woes and this could give them some momentum going into their final 4 Big East games. While they were probably not in danger of missing the Big Dance, they were possibly in position to get downgraded to a double digit seed which would essentially end any realistic Final Four hopes.

Losers:

Kansas: When you only lose 2 out of 44 against an opponent that you play at least twice per season, you get into the losers category. That and the fact that KU WAS #1 and could drop from a prospective #1 seed.

Tuesday’s Notable Games: RPI in ()

(23) George Mason at (60) Virginia Commonwealth: ESPNU at 7 EST

(90) Maryland at (65) Virginia Tech: 8 EST

(49) Michigan State at (3) Ohio State:  ESPN at 9 EST

(17) St. John’s at (58) Marquette:  ESPNU at 9 EST

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