by Ken Pomeroy on Thursday, March 17, 2005
The first set of games are done, and the two SEC entries involved did not play well. Alabama could not dig itself out of a huge first half hole and fell to the 12 seed Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and Kentucky struggled with the 15 seed Eastern Kentucky.
In the wacky world of college hoops, this one game vaults UWM's Bruce Pearl to near the top of the list of hot coaching prospects this offseason.
Oklahoma pulled away from a dog-tired Niagara team, but Juan Mendez has the best individual performace so far, finishing with 22 and 16, though he did shoot 6 of 21 from the floor and 9 of 10 on FTs, for a lousy .86 in the almighty PPWS.
A double-double in the first half for Niagara's Juan Mendez. 14 points, 10 boards, 2 blocks, 5-9 FGs, 3-4 FTs. The 14 seed Niagara trails Oklahoma 37-34 at the half. The biggest surprise is that Oklahoma is shooting less than 50% despite getting a number of layups/bunnies against Niagara's porous defense.
If you're thinking about purchasing the CSTV March Madness on Demand, where you can get live streaming video of every game in the first three rounds, you can get a $5 discount off the $19.95 retail price by following this link. From what I saw on Wednesday, when they showed various press conferences, it'll be worth your money, especially if you have to be at work for the next couple of days.
As action progresses today, I'll try to post something intelligent here.
by Ken Pomeroy on Wednesday, March 16, 2005
Before I present a breakdown on Thursday's featured game, I'm going to throw a couple of links at you. Surely if you're a regular at this site, you know of Yoni's site. And you are probably already participating in his blogger's bracket. But if not, get over there and fill out a bracket. You can win money!
Additionally, the people over at Baseball Toaster allowed Big Ten Wonk and me to take over their site for a day. Check it out!
Now, a breakdown of Arizona/Utah State, set to tip at 7:20 EST on Thursday from Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. It's the game I am most looking forward to on day one of the tourney.
Thanks for providing just about the only statistical resource for college basketball on the Web. Without you, I'd have to calculate all the team efficiencies by hand like I…
by Ken Pomeroy on Monday, March 14, 2005
Some random thoughts on the brackets...
- One of the first games to be announced was Oklahoma State/SE Louisiana. My first reaction was "81-29." SE Louisiana is to Cajun Country what Washington State is to the Palouse. Billy Kennedy's team wins the same way Dick Bennett's does. Nine times this year the Lions have held their opponents to 20 points or less in the first half, including 13 on two occasions. You may remember that Oklahoma State and Washington State hooked up in one of the biggest mismatches of the season in December, with the Cowboys winning 81-29.
- After Northern Iowa made the field, was there anyone rooting for Indiana to show up in the field more than Rick Hartzell?
- New Mexico came in as a 12 seed. The last at-larges all got 11 seeds. So it's safe to assume that had UNM not won the MWC tourney,…
by Ken Pomeroy on Sunday, March 13, 2005
It was a no-brainer that if Duke won the ACC tourney while beating likely number one seeds Wake Forest and UNC in the process, they would deserve the final number one. Duke won the ACC, but went through NC State and Georgia Tech in the process.
Washington deserves the final number one seed. Their resumes are almost identical, but Washington played 12 top 50 teams versus nine for Duke. When you break down their wins and losses, as I did below, I can't see why Duke would get the nod in an objective look at things.
The number one seed is largely a status symbol anyway, but would mean more to a program like Washington who deserves to be recognized for a great season.
Best Wins (by RPI rank and site, data as of Saturday)Washington: 9N, 9H, 16N, 17N, 24N, 38H, 42H, 42N Duke: 4H, 6H, 21H, 27N,…
Luke Winn has followed through on the RPI fiasco, and has an excellent summary of things here. ESPN is apparently going to pretend that this never happened. It's all pretty hilarious for the most part, and I'll have some more things to say on it later. In the meantime, must get some sleep.
by Ken Pomeroy on Saturday, March 12, 2005
Regarding the previous post on the RPI formula: I got some unexpected confirmation that indeed, the formula I am now posting is the one being used by the selection committee. Makes me glad I never charged for this stuff.
by Ken Pomeroy on Thursday, March 10, 2005
Until Wednesday, the Pac-10 had been the country's No. 2-rated RPI league for months. Bowlsby himself thought the Pac-10 remained the No. 2 league, referring to that league as second behind the ACC, until Hancock informed him of the change.
The ACC remains No. 1. The Pac-10? It's now fourth. In between are the Big 12 (second) and the Big East (third), which had been third and fourth behind the Pac-10 until Wednesday.
In the computation you have been seeing on my page, the Pac-10 has remained number two all week, and comfortably so. But now I am fairly certain this computation is wrong based on the above the information.
Back in January, when the RPI changes…
Andy Katz has an article detailing the hopes of bubble teams after talking to some people close to the committee. (But I think it's hard to believe Notre Dame, with an RPI of 92, still has a bid after a stinker of a performance against Rutgers). Katz knew the field before CBS did last March, and if you want to know who is in and who is out before anyone else on Sunday, you would be advised to listen to your local ESPN affiliate as I am sure Andy will be dropping some hints Sunday afternoon.
Elsewhere, Luke Winn has a comprehensive look at the selection process. What caught my eye about this is the 'team sheet' example presented for Illinois. All of the data looks factual...except that it lists Illinois as having played two home games against Ohio State and two road games against Purdue.…