Tag:March Madness
Posted on: March 15, 2009 7:09 pm

Arizona AGAIN? Really?

Apparently. this has become a yearly event.

Arizona does not deserve to make the Tournament, having failed to even win 20 games, and still makes it, seemingly on name recognition alone.

Last year, the team was 19-14 and got a tenth seed. A lot of people, inexplicably, picked them to beat WVU in the first round. Well, they lost, and the game was not as close as the score (75-65) indicated.

This year the team, equally undeserving, actually gets a favorable matchup, and, in my opinion, will likely win the first round matchup against Utah. That team has three big wins -- LSU, Gonzaga, Utah St. -- and otherwise there is no reason to think it is a tough team.

In fact, with a ranking of about 30, it is hard to imagine how this team got a 5-seed in the first place, unless one figures the "committee" wanted a very conceivable 12-5 upset. This would kill two birds with one despicable stone -- give the committee post-hoc credibility in picking Arizona, and give the fans what they want to see, a 12-5 upset.

I am just already sick of seeing Arizona undeservedly make the tournament. It's only been two years, but in my opinion, it will keep happening until the school changes its name. And that will only happen if the state changes its name. And that will only happen if the state is overrun by outsiders, or if the US is taken over by Taliban.

I apologize if anyone is made upset by this little piece of ranting (like anyone will read it anyway). I just can't help but be incensed by the committee's failure to use logic in this one selection, for the second year in a row.

Posted on: March 12, 2009 11:01 pm

XII vs. Ten and Who Should Be In & Out

I don't know why, but it always seems like I am arguing with Big Ten fans about the March Madness viability of teams from these two conferences.  As a 7.5-year temporary resident of Columbia, Missouri, I am admittedly biased toward the Big XII.  However, my bias does not prevent me from being objective and rational in comparing these two conferences.

One Illinois fan claimed -- on the Mizzou team page, no less -- the Big Ten would get 7-8 teams in the tournament.  I threw up in my mouth a little when I read that asinine argument.  In the same metaphorical breath, this guy said the Big XII would get 4-5 teams in, max.

The latter argument is not obscene; the former is. 

Each conference has locks for the tournament: Kansas, Mizzou A&M, and OU are in from the Big XII; Illinois, MSU and Purdue are in from the Big Ten. 

Each conference as probablies (I know, it's not a word): Texas and OSU (after beating OU today) from the Big XII; Penn State, Ohio State  (20-9...RPI - 36...Big wins - Purdue, Minnesota, at ND, at Miami, at Michigan, Penn St Butler....Bad Losses - WV (by 28!), at Purdue (bby 25!)) and Minnesota from the Big Ten. (I included all the info about Ohio St. because, until 10 minutes ago, I thought they were out.  But upon further review, their resume is pretty tough...)

So, as I see it, that's 6 Big XII entries and 6 Big Ten entries. The other ones are toss-ups:

Big Ten: Michigan has lost 12 games, including against Iowa, who went 5-13 in conference; also lost to Wisconsin (not the team of years past) twice. MY PICK: OUT...Wisconsin has lost 11 games (against 19 wins); lost to Iowa and Northwestern (a team that doesn't even deserve Tournament mention); played tough non-conference schedule, but lost to 2 of 3 tough opponents. MY PICK: OUT.

Big XII: Unfortunately, no need to discuss. Kansas State was out with its loss today. Baylor was out as soon as it finished 5-13 in conference.

So both conferences likely get 6 teams in. So enough of the Big Ten faux-superiority, all right?


Now, one other pondering re: March Madness -- how the hell is Arizona still in the conversation? This team lost 13 game and didn't reach 20 wins. Its RPI is 53 (sure to go down after today's loss). I would MUCH rather Mizzou face Arizona in the tournament than, say, USC, whom I fear a little (despite Mizzou's early-season neutral-site win against them). Arizona has NO argument. OUT.


One random question: NOW is it okay to call Bristol Palin kind of a slut? I mean come on, it was clear that guy was a loser all along. People make mistakes, sure. But trying to cover a mistake with a forced marriage (i.e. another mistake) is ridiculous.


Hot rap line of the moment: 

I Brooklyn Dodger them; I Jack, I Rob, I sin.
Awww man, I'm Jackie Robinson, 'cept when I run base, I dodge the pen.

-Jay-Z, Brooklyn Go Hard (feat. Santogold)

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