Archive for March 3, 2011


Kansas makes the Cut


Kansas also made the cut that the analysts from College Basketball Final laid out.  Kansas has all of the following met;

  1. A 10 game win streak at some point during the season.
  2. Margin of victory averaging over 10 points a victory
  3. Were in top 10 in the preseason rankings.

Kansas Preseason rank: 7

Kansas MoV: 20.9 (Most out of the 5 teams)

Kansas Record: 28-2 (13-2 Big 12)

Kansas RPI: 1

I’ve always liked Kansas and from when I can remember I’ve always been a fan.  I think my Love for Kansas developed when I was 6 and saw their mascot. I thought it was cool.  Good program to become a fan of right? Anyway, Kansas is one of the toughest teams this year in College Basketball.  Look at their team stats as well; 83.1 ppg (4th overall), Rebounds/game 38 (38th overall), They are 1st in the nation in both Assists/game =18.3 and Field Goal %= .521.  Being ranked in the top 10 for any category is good. Being ranked in the top 10 for 3 of those including two #1’s?  That’s just insane.  Kansas has the ability to put points on the board in a hurry and they don’t do it selfishly.  That’s why Kansas is my favorite to win the National Title this year.  Bill Self is a great coach and always seems to know when to call a timeout or when to let his guys play.  When timeouts are called I think Bill Self’s squad is the best coached in the country.  Not only that they seem to play intelligently 99% of the game.  That’s hard to get out of a bunch of 18-23 year olds.

The Morris twins. Marcus and Markieff

As mentioned above Kansas has the highest MoV of the 5 teams that made the cut.  Winning by 20.9 points per game is ridiculous.  Some might argue then, “Well they must not play anybody”.  If you’re one of those people I’ll inform you.  Kansas is in the Big 12, not a push over conference to say the least.  And!!!!! Their RPI is 1.  That means they are playing the toughest opponents of anyone in the land! Kansas blows my mind this year.  I’m not sure how they’ve lost two games but you have to give mad props and credit to both the Texas Longhorns and the Kansas State Wildcats.

Markieff and Marcus Morris are the obvious leaders on this years squad and I think they’re pretty pissed about being upset last year by #9 seed Northern Iowa.  They’ll have this team ready to go like they have all year, except for two slip ups, and do some serious damage in this years March Madness Tournament.  They’re my pick to win it all.

Advertisements

The Pittsburgh Panthers is another team that meets the criteria of a National Championship team.  You should know the criteria by now but if you don’t no worries. I’ll tell what they are right now:

  1. Team must have at least a 10 game win streak at some point during the season.
  2. Team’s victories must average double digit margin.  +10 points/victory
  3. Team must have been ranked in the preseason top 10

Pitt’s Preseason rank: 5 (I ran into a problem with this.  From the information I have Ohio State is said to have also been preseason ranked #5.  If anyone can help me out with this that would be great.)

Pitt’ MoV: 16.4

Pitt’s record: 26-4 (14-3 Big East)

RPI: 7

I’m not going to act like I know a whole bunch about the Panthers.  I do know that all of their losses are against tough opponents (Tennessee, Notre Dame, St. John’s, and Louisville).  All of those teams are/were ranked at some point this season.  They say that the Big East Conference is the toughest basketball conference this year, that could be true and I will not refute that claim here. I have not had the time to look at each team individually and their RPI’s and key wins/losses but I’m flabbergasted that the Big East might get 11 teams in the tournament.  I will thoroughly enjoy watching the Big East get knocked off fairly quickly in the first two rounds, and of course with that many teams in the tournament somebody has got to get past the Elite 8 and I’m confidently positive that Pittsburgh is the Big East team that has the best shot at making the Final Four.  Some might say well that’s easy to call.  No kidding.  I think the Big East has so many teams eligible and ranked because other big time conferences are down (mainly the ACC).  But, Pitt’s season team stats are very impressive considering the “level” of competition they supposedly play.  They rank in the top 50 in the nation in the following categories; Points per game, Assists per game, Rebounds per game, and team Field Goal % (46th, 7th, 3rd, 23rd respectively).  I’m not a math major but that’s incredible!

Like I said, I do not know very much about Pitt even though I wish I did.  The numbers only sometimes lie and with their numbers I can see them making it to the Final Four.  But, just like any other team they could be upset.  Which keeps the game and especially the tournament exciting!

If you know more about Pitt please fill free to leave comments about them and your opinions on how far they will go in the upcoming March Madness Tournament.


As mentioned earlier today Duke was 1 of the 5 teams that have met the criteria for being a National Champion.  If you’ve forgotten what the criteria were I’ll remind you promptly:

  1. Team must have at least a 10 game winning streak at some point during the season
  2. Team’s Margin of Victory must average double digits. So +10 points/victory
  3. Team must have been ranked in the preseason top 10

Duke’s preseason rank: 1

Duke’s MoV (Margin of Victory): 20.7

Duke’s Record: 27-3 (13-2 ACC)

Duke’s RPI: 4

At the beginning of the season I thought Duke was a very impressive team.  They have two wins over 40 points (46 and 52).  I realize these wins were against bad teams but give some credit for playing some D and making shots/layups/and free throws.  As of late though I have lost a lot of confidence in Duke.  They’ve lost to Florida State whose a tournament hopeful, Virgina Tech who I think is one of the first four out as of right now, and St. Johns.  Florida State is a good team and I know when you’re expected to win every game and you lose people point fingers.  I’ll give Florida State credit of a well played game and not bash the Dukies for a loss that was bound to happen.  Virginia Tech was looking good for a little bit and making a case for themselves to the selection committee but this loss was unimpressive to say the least.  As for the St. Johns loss, who hasn’t St. Johns beat?  Enough said on Duke’s losses.  Their very few and not much to fuss about.  I think Duke’s success is in the hands of Nolan Smith and Kyle Singler, obviously.

Coach Krzyzewski

Coach K needs these two to step up and be the leaders they can be.  The loss of Kyrie Irving dampers their ability to win title.  I see Duke making it to at least the Elite 8 and think they’ll make the Final Four, but that’s the end of the road for the Blue Devils.  Like I said in a previous post, predictions are just predictions.  It’s great when you get them right but when you’re wrong who really cares, unless you’re betting on the games….That’s just wrong anyway! I look for Coach K to have his team ready to perform well but not able to prevail and win another title.

I’m interested in hearing what other people have to say and their opinions on how far they think Duke will make in this year’s March Madness Tournament!


Some of you may think my posts are very sporadic and inconsistent. I would have to agree wholeheartedly.  Please keep in mind that I’m busy with classes, work, working out, and random shenanigans that college students find themselves partaking in throughout the week.  I’ll reiterate that I do watch a lot of college basketball when I can and usually only write about stories/issues/players/or teams that catch my interest at any given moment.  This next post was inspired by College Basketball Final on ESPN that I was watching during the early hours of March 3, 2011.  It was around 1AM in the morning and I was folding my laundry about to pass out at any second.  Then out of nowhere they started talking about the criteria a National Champion must meet.  According to College Basketball Final the past 10 or so championships have met these requirements/criteria.

Many of you may be wondering to yourself, what could the criteria be needed to win a National Championship????? Well I’ll tell you.  1) Must have at least a 10 game win streak at some point during the season.  2) Margin of Victory must is in the double digits {+10}.  and 3) Must have been ranked in the preseason top 10.  Only 5 teams made the cut.  The 5 teams that have the best shot at winning the National Championship, according to College Basketball Final, are Duke, Pittsburgh, Kansas, Ohio State, and Purdue.  When Jay Williams (former Duke point guard and National Champion) was asked who he thought was going to be cutting down the nets in April he responded, “I’m going with the Boilermakers”.

 

I’m not necessarily sure I agree with Jay Williams but I like his answer a whole bunch.  He also gave some pretty good reasons as to why Purdue has a good shot at winning the title.  As a Purdue fan I really hope he’s right. But, as you all know predictions and whatnot are only that.  Each team has a shot if they make the field of 68.  I’ve done my homework and have compiled the most accurate up to date stats for the 5 teams that I could find.  I’m going to be posting my thoughts and findings on each team separately so keep you eyes open and please post some feedback on what you think as well.

Thank you all for reading!