A little mid-afternoon update on a busy Championship Week Thursday.
How do you spell done?
How do you spell done?
U-A-B. The Blazers killed their slim tourney hopes by bowing out early in
the CUSA tournament. Their resume doesn't really matter at this point as Mike
Davis and co. will be a 3 or 4 seed in the NIT. Tulsa, quietly winners of 9 of
11, has a good chance to make it to the CUSA finals as they face Houston or UTEP
Break out the deoderant
Villanova will be sweating it out on Selection Sunday. After mercifully
ending Syracuse's season, the Wildcats never really had a chance against
Georgetown. The Hoyas looked fresh and focused, and are primed to make a Big
East title run. Villanova meanwhile pretty much has to sit back and hope other
bubble teams bow out as well.
Enough about OJ
Don't get me wrong, OJ Mayo's a great talent. But despite the fact the
announcers talked about him for 40 straight minutes (over and over and over),
he's not the second coming. He's just a really good talent that also has a lot
of flaws.. particularly a tendency to make careless turnovers, take poor shots,
and an ugly somewhat flawed release (which can be fixed). Anyways, he's good and
was the difference in
ASU trailed most of the game and could never mount that one big charge in the
2nd half. Now the Sun Devils just have to pray that they've done enough to
impress the voters.. but unfortunately they probably haven't. 5-10 in your last
15 games simply won't cut it.. neither will a non-conference SOS of 304.
Villanova, noted above for example, should get in instead.
St. Joseph's was somehow the 5 seed to Richmond's 4.. despite being a far
superior team. Just one of the consequences of the league's highly lopsided
schedule. The Hawks easily blew by the Spiders, and still have an outside chance
of reaching the Dance. They match up well with Xavier, and a win in the semis
would be their 5th Top 50 victory of the season. Xavier knocked out
Dayton, whose bubble hopes have also burst. The Flyers had many chances to
make a game of it down the stretch, but lack a true go-to player on offense.
Brian Roberts is a nice player.. but he can't break down a defense and take over
a game. They'll be a tough out in the NIT.
Locked and Loaded
West Virginia (especially) and Miami (most likely) locked up NCAA Tournament
bids with wins today. Miami's win was a ho-hummer against disappointing NC
State.. but a 22-9 record and a Top 30 RPI look good to me. WVU was probably in
already as well, but now they're looking at a possible 7 seed after beating