A nice little Chyron fail captured by MockSession.I am sure that Ohio State is pleased to know it has the auto bid, although Belmont might be slightly confused
We are more focused on our Fantasy Draft the Mid-Major 5 than this one that took place at the beginning of the season, but ESPN went back to look at their picks from early in the year. I think the takeaway here is that you never know in college basketball. Just look at everyone's preseason All-American lists and then compare to who will likely be there at the end of the season. Big differences. It is funny to listen to these guys lament their choices as badly as we all lament our Fantasy Football or Baseball picks. Maybe we can start giving drafting advice over the summer, since we are #winning.
Pat Forde never disappoints with his 40 Minutes, and this edition is no exception. He picks every mid-major tournament, and gives you some bubble rooting interests including our favorites Middle Tennessee State and Belmont. Based on our read, Forde is one of the few big-time analysts in the country that is actually giving more than a cursory glance at the little guys. Who knows? He might be secretly rooting for the Mid-Major 5.
The Road to No. 1 will feature prominently on the front page of tomorrow's Spokane Spokesman-Review. I think there will be quite a few papers sold and framed on college dorm room walls come Tuesday night.
According to a Jon Rothstein tweet, Fairleigh Dickinson will fire coach Greg Vetrone at the end of the season. Ryan Peters breaks down the season for the Knights over at Big Apple Buckets and why Vetrone is now on his way out. I would say Vetrone is the first coach fired for performance reasons this season, because ODU's Blaine Taylor probably did something else to get himself canned, and South Alabama's Ronnie Arrow retired. He definitely won't be the last. Time to start building the list.
Our Dr. Geeves couldn't make it tonight, so I stepped in to talk with Parks on the latest Full Court Press. We discuss Bracket Busters (who helped themselves and hurt themselves), and also what makes teams like Belmont and Akron tick. Oh, and then it is time to do some gloating about our Fantasy team. Go Mid-Major 5! You can check out the whole show here.
The final Bracket Busters tips off this evening, and while we understand that this will have little bearing on who makes the NCAA Tournament, it might have at least a little bit of sway within the committee room in the negative direction. John Templon breaks down who needs the game more in his latest post at Big Apple Buckets.
GMUHoops looks at a recent story in the George Mason media that hints that Patriots head coach Paul Hewitt might have killed a plan to improve the basketball facilities. The improvements would have come at the cost of other programs, but when has any coach not looked out for their own program, especially one that had coached at a major program. Very interesting.
Things aren't exactly looking up in the latest edition of the ESPN Bubble Watch. Wichita State moved to a "lock" status, and Creighton is still there. But teams like Belmont, who has faltered as of late, and Akron, which has the opposite problem of recreating Drexel's odd resume from last season, are not yet guaranteed spots in the NCAA Tournament. Eamonn Brennan lays out all the issues, so we know what to gripe about on Selection Sunday, just one month away.
So what happens when you don't turn the ball over, and you don't take the ball away from your opponent too often? Well, it might just mean you win more often. At least that is what a study by Hoop Vision's Jordan Sperber seems to say. He looked at how teams who pulled a "Bucknell" fared over the last five seasons, and found that it has a not so bad correlation to their adjusted efficiency. The dirty details are all at the link, including one team that dominates his measure over the last several years.