by Ken Pomeroy on Friday, February 10, 2006
I am still working on my little Duke exposé, or whatever you want to call it. I’ll try to post it Monday.
Line o’ the Night
FG 3pt FT Reb Min M-A M-A M-A O-T A F S TO BLK Pts Kevin Pittsnogle 26 0-12 0-6 0-0 1-2 0 5 2 4 1 0 Result: Loss. Pittsburgh 57, West Virginia 53.
by Ken Pomeroy on Thursday, February 9, 2006
Maybe I’ll make this a regular Thursday feature. It’s an effective way to maintain my laziness and continue to churn out content.
First up, we have someone who can navigate the NCAA web site better than me:
It’s been three years since the last 50-point game. Here are all the D-I 50-point games from the last four years (from the NCAA web site):
54 Michael Watson, UMKC vs. Oral Roberts, 02/22/2003
53 Antawn Dobie, Long Island vs. St. Francis (N.Y.), 02/22/2003
52 Ron Williamson, Howard vs. N.C. A&T, 01/21/2003
50 Desmond Cambridge, Alabama A&M vs. Texas Southern, 02/25/2002
Thanks, Chuck! It’s a little creepy that the last 50 point games occurred on the same day.
Earlier you posted your preference for the Pythagorean winning pct. over your ratings. Now that the season is a bit further along and the ratings seem to have stabilized a bit, how do you…
by Ken Pomeroy on Wednesday, February 8, 2006
Not much for today, since I have a column going up on espn.com later. A cool thing I came across when doing research for it was a database of boxscores for every game West Virginia has ever played. It’s an interesting page if you ever want to see the evolution of the box score. I know it seems far-fetched that there will ever be a possession count in the official box, but back in 1904, my great-grandpappy was looking forward to the day when field goal attempts would be tracked.
Line o’ the NightFG 3pt FT Reb Min M-A M-A M-A O-T A F S TO BLK Pts Curtis Jerrells 34 11-14 5-6 1-2 1-2 2 0 2 2 0 28 Result: Win. Baylor 90, Missouri 64.
In 1904, this would have looked like…FG FT Pts Curtis Jerrells 11 1 23
by Ken Pomeroy on Tuesday, February 7, 2006
We almost saw the third of the 30+ game home winning streaks die last night, and it would have followed the precedent set by Southern Illinois and Illinois of it ending against a much inferior opponent. Gonzaga got by Saint Mary’s 62-61. It’s not often I feel confident enough to rip a coach’s decision, but SMC coach Randy Bennett made a blunder late in the game.
With 1:53 left, the Gaels had just made a bucket to take a five point lead. Adam Morrison was waiting at the scorer’s table to check in. Each team had two timeouts, and Bennett elected to use his after the made basket. But why? You know Mark Few has to get Morrison back in the game, so let him use it.
The result of the saved timeout for Gonzaga was that Few was able to make offense for defense substitutions for Morrison by…
by Ken Pomeroy on Monday, February 6, 2006
FridayFG 3pt FT Reb Min M-A M-A M-A O-T A F S TO BLK Pts Terrance Mouton 43 0-12 0-7 0-1 1-3 3 3 0 8 1 0 Result: Loss. Fairfield 77, Rider 69. (OT)
Just so you know what a bad day looks like.
SaturdayFG 3pt FT Reb Min M-A M-A M-A O-T A F S TO BLK Pts Brion Rush 45 14-40 5-21 20-26 3-16 2 0 1 2 0 53 Result: Win. Grambling 80, Southern 75. (OT)
I don’t know the last time somebody dropped 50 in a game, but I am fairly sure it has been at least a couple of seasons. This doesn’t look like the most efficient performance, but considering his teammates went a combined 8 for 33 from the field, Rush really did have to be the working man for Grambling.
Alex from CrossCyed pointed out…
by Ken Pomeroy on Friday, February 3, 2006
You all can exhale now. The NCAA updated their RPI to correct a lot (but not all) of the errors in it.
Let’s close out the week with some more e-mail from witty and thoughtful readers.
Do you really think Georgetown is better than GW? This really boggles my mind because I think G’Towns only real “big” win was against Duke. They beat a Notre Dame team by three (the Irish can’t win a close one this year), Cincinnati, St. John’s, and a bunch of crackerjackbox teams. Granted, George Washington has played a softer schedule than the local 7th grade CYO team but I don’t see Georgetown as head and shoulders above the Colonials. I won’t even get into the George Mason comparison.
Am I crazy? Perhaps it is the fact that I am a GW alumnus that makes me see things through gold and blue glasses but I…
by Ken Pomeroy on Thursday, February 2, 2006
The oddity of last night was Southern Illinois’ national best 33-game home winning streak being snapped by a team that had the nation’s fourth-longest active losing streak, Indiana State. So we’re back to a four-way tie atop the MVC with six to play.
Now to some e-mails…
It is disconcerting to note that the NCAA RPI calculations that were released today by the NCAA are incorrect. Georgetown is listed as having a record of 0-0 in neutral games. They beat Colgate in El Paso, TX on 12/27/2005. It looks as though there may be some other mistakes as well, but since they don’t publish any actual numbers, it is a bit hard to tell.
Maybe they should just use your calculations. Have you offered? We would all be better off.
I have said very little about the RPI this season, because it’s just tedious. I’m more concerned…
by Ken Pomeroy on Wednesday, February 1, 2006
There have been a few comparisons made between this season’s Pitt squad and last season’s Boston College team. To refresh your memory, here are the similarites:
- Both are/were Big East teams.
- Both were expected to finish in the middle of the conference (Blue Ribbon had each forecasted for 6th).
- Both had a weak non-conference schedule.
- Both were among the last three unbeatens nationally.
BC went 5-5 after a 20-0 start, losing in the first round of the Big East Tournament and in the second round of the NCAA Tournament to a 12-seed. Ergo, it is implied Pitt may be headed for a similar fate, or at least you should be wary about projecting much success for them.
But I say, buy into Pitt. These teams are different. I wasn’t running the Pythagorean rankings last season, but I was curious where BC would…