Shawn Siegel's Blog
Some quick college hoops thoughts for the afternoon before leaving for lunch..
People have been emailing me this week asking how I came up with the groupings for the Conference Rise & Fall articles. While the groupings I used were based on a mix of intuition and stats, here are the actual conference RPI's over the last decade. Notice the clean split between certain league divisions.. for example, the BCS leagues and non-BCS leagues. The difference in avg RPI between the best and worst BCS leagues (ACC & Pac-10) is 2.7, which is almost as big as the gap between the Pac-10 and the closest non-BCS league.
In recent weeks, the Rise & Fall series has chronicled the progress (or regress) of college basketball's major conference teams. But if I equated each team to a civilization, I was mistaken. It is really the NCAA conference that equates to a burgeoning civilization or nation, each with its sometimes stable and sometimes rotating member states. Like civilizations, the prestige and power of conferences wax and wane..
Baylor announced the hiring of AAU coach Dwon Clifton to be their "Director of Player Development." Clifton's background and the actual tasks involved in this job (if any?) are meaningless.. but the important thing to note here is that Cifton is the coach of D-One Sports, an AAU team that features the #1 prospect in the country, John Wall. Wall will almost certainly announce his decision to attend Baylor now, ending an odd recruitment that came down to Big 12 schools Baylor and Oklahoma State.
Basketball is funny. I never really noticed it before, but things are getting out of hand this week.. there's just too much too laugh about.
The Yao Ming/Ron Artest spat.. in which Artest claims he is the paradigm of black culture, "I don't think he's ever played with a black player that really represents his culture as much as I represent my culture" is flat out funny. (I seriouslly thought the various Artest quotes came from the Onion, but they're actually real.)
Just wanted to give a quick update on some upcoming content on CHN including the status of the Top 144..