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25 March 2008

NASA computer picks Villanova to win championship

posted by Pete @ LetsGoNova.com
3/25/2008 09:01:00 PM
According to an article on the Serious Sports News Network, a supercomputer constructed by NASA predicted in November that Villanova would win the national championship:

Barry, as the supercomputer is affectionately known around NASA headquarters, was constructed in late 2007 with the sole purpose of determining the outcome of the 2008 tournament. While the exact cost of Barry remains classified, estimates of the machine’s price tag range between two and three billion dollars.

“We were pretty nervous back in November when we flipped Barry on for the first time and saw ‘VILLANOV’ on Barry’s old-timey, all caps, eight-letter-maximum LED readout,” said Dr. Michael D. Griffin, chief of America’s space agency.

In case you couldn't tell, the above article is satire, but it's good to see Villanova get some press as a Cinderella.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, fiction turned into reality this week when Villanova fulfilled to the letter the exact "best-case scenario" proposed by ESPN's Pat Forde, the best writer in all of college basketball:

Best Case: Last at-large team in the Dance justifies its inclusion by stunning Clemson, then takes advantage of upset in the bracket to face No. 13 seed Siena in the second round. Suddenly Nova has won two games and has advanced to the Sweet 16, and everybody remembers why they loved Jay Wright so much when his team won 30 games in 2006.

Those eerily-prophetic words were published on March 19, and, strangely, the only thing to correct in the entire statement is that Villanova won 28 games in 2006, not 30.

Finally, an excellent straight piece about Villanova's surprise visit to the Sweet 16 runs today in Sports Illustrated, and is worth a read.

You may also check out the automatically generated news feeds at the top of this site. It's a big week for Villanova in the media.

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At 9:39 AM, March 26, 2008, Anonymous Nova95 said...

Great site.

I hope we still have alot more basketball to play, but with Rutgers getting another commitment from a big time player I am wondering if you have any news about recruiting for 08/09 and 09/10.

What is the update on Evans?

Also, Jay should think about getting another of Sampson's recruits in Devin Ebanks. Does anyone know if we are even looking into that?

With how well are guards are shaping up that are freshmen and sophomores, I would think it would be an easy sell to get a couple 4 or 5 star forwards/centers to play with them. I love Dante, but he is leaving after next year and a frosh next year or the year later could step right in and play with Pena and Cas (if healthy).

If anyone has updates on recruiting, that would be appreciated.

Go Cats!!

At 3:49 PM, March 26, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Casiem's surgery was successful.

At 1:30 AM, March 27, 2008, Anonymous John Major said...

Let's go nova!

At 8:40 AM, March 27, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tyreke Evans was a stud last night.. I know he decides in a couple weeks. What are the real odds that he comes to Nova?


At 9:27 AM, March 27, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I watched the first half of that McDonald's game last night until I lost interest. It just looked like a game of organized five man horse. One team would put on a show while the other team stood around and watched, then they would go down to the other end and do the same thing the other way.

They all looked like great athletes; I would make a lousy talent scout... How could tell what any of them would do with a defender in their face?

Evans looked like a talent, but I don't see who he would immediately take minutes from in our back court. If he doesn't come our way, he it is possible he doesn't see it either.

I sure did lust after those 7' + big guys.

Go Cats... beat KU!!

At 11:41 AM, March 27, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

does anyone know if ott's scholarship is available for next season since he left half way through or do we have to wait for the following year for it to be available?

At 12:37 AM, March 28, 2008, Anonymous Sean Don said...

Sweet Jesus... that computer is three BILLION dollars. Let's hope it's wright! Go Cats!!


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