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15 March 2008


Friday bubble roundup

posted by Pete @ LetsGoNova.com
3/15/2008 12:03:00 AM
As of 11:45 p.m. Friday with all but two of the key games over, 'Nova looks like it's still in good shape. St. Joe's is now a lock, but there is still plenty of space on the bubble as we got a lot of help today.

Teams to root for tomorrow include St. Joe's, Memphis, Kent St., UNC, and BYU. No matter what, we will be sweating out the B10 final on Sunday, because either Minnesota or Illinois will be threatening to steal an auto-bid from MSU or Wisconsin.

The Kentucky-Georgia game in the SEC was postponed due to severe weather damaging the Georgia Dome. One possible scenario has ONLY Kentucky-Georgia playing tomorrow, and then scheduling three games (final 2 rounds) on Sunday. Each of these games would have to be just 20 minutes long, with two ten-minute halves, to avoid potential injuries.

There is also confusion as to where to play the games. Will the Georgia Dome be ready by tomorrow? Is there anywhere else in Atlanta to host the games? The Atlanta Hawks' arena is booked solid.

No official word yet from the SEC.

Update:
According to the SEC Web site, three games are scheduled for Saturday, with Kentucky-Georgia playing first, then the regularly scheduled game between Tennessee-Arkansas, then finally Mississippi St. against the winner of Kentucky-Georgia.

If the schedule on the SEC's site is indeed correct, it does not seem fair to make the winner of the Kentucky-Georgia game play a fresh Mississippi St. team, especially if Georgia wins and is going for the auto-bid.

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2 Comments:

At 8:33 AM, March 15, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Guess I gotta' root for St. Joe's, but it hurts!!!

 
At 10:14 AM, March 15, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I found this searching online for reasons to still have hope...

http://stopvitale.collegehoopsnet.com/2008/03/bracketology-just-because-villanova-and.html

IN: Villanova
Record: 20-12 (9-9 Big East), 4-7 road, 3-7 vs. RPI Top 50, 7-9 vs. Top 100
RPI: 51
Key Wins: George Mason (N), Temple, Pittsburgh, Syracuse (2), West Virginia, Connecticut
Key Losses: NC State, DePaul, Rutgers, St. Joe's, Cincinnati, Georgetown (2)


When that quarterfinal game against Georgetown ended yesterday I think the Cats were out, even with the win in that "play-in" game against Syracuse. But after every damn Bubble team went out and shit the bed, the Cats were given new life. Congratulations (?). There are some solid wins, all of which are at home (of those four road wins, one was in Philly, one was over Syracuse and the other two were against bottom five Big East teams), but some bad losses, all of which were on the road. This is basically a perfect example of how weak the Bubble is this year. A team that basically played its schedule about as adequately it could, with a fairy middle-of-the-road non-conference sked and allowed other teams to lose their way out of the tourney to make room for them. The Cats will certainly be one of those teams that ESPN or CBS has the camera on the whole Selection Show for their reaction to whether they get in, because they are more squarely on the Bubble than any other BCS league team, barely more so than Arizona State and Oregon. For those three teams it will depend on if the Committee is in a mid-major mood this year or a BCS mood this year. By the way, this is the one team I have in that Lunardi has out, which is probably a bad thing for me, because I think he's been clueless this year. I have Illinois State out, he has them safely in. He has South Alabama very safely in, but I don't think they will survive the weekend.

How To Stay/Get In: The chairman of this year's committee is George Mason AD Tom O'Connor and Nova's best OOC win was a pretty decisive win over the Patriots. Jay Wright seems like a man of integrity, but there are some shameful things I can think of, Jay, that might "make sure" O'Connor "remembers" that game./shudders

 

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