Fun site if you want to create scenarios for the Big Ten Tournament:
This week Michigan's basketball team saw two extremes of Big Ten officiating. Against Minnesota the TV Teddy Valentine crew set a record for fouls and free throws against a Beilein coached team at Michigan. Then against Rutgers the Gene Steratore crew hardly called any fouls and generally let both teams play - resulting in long stretches without stoppage, no foul trouble for anyone on either team, and fewer foul shots. The contrast in the way both games were called was alarming to me.
I set out to search for any sites that track referee data. I didn't have much luck, so I'd love for anyone to comment if they know of a good site. I did find this interesting piece (LINK) from two years ago that ranked the best and worst officials using foul margin between home/road teams. It is an interesting read, though I'd love to see it updated.
Interesting findings in that post:
- TV Teddy makes no appearance...much to my surprise.
- Gene Steratore was ranked the 6th best ref of those evaluated.
- John Gaffney from Valentine's crew was ranked the 5th worst ref.
- Lamar Simpson from Steratore's crew was ranked the 7th worst ref.
Given that we track so much in-depth data and statistics these days, you'd think there would be better data out there for referees - if noting else just for gambling purposes, let alone so conferences like the Big Ten could actually measure their performance and make decisions accordingly.
Rick Pitino got into a verbal altercation with a fan last night, and then lectured the media about fans having class.
Let's juxtapose that with the Louisville sex scandal.
Bracketology has been updated this morning by both Jerry Palm and Joe Lundardi - Michigan is still a 9 seed in both (playing in the west region in both)
I'm bored and I know that there are 3 games left and a lot of shit can change, but hey.
Here's what it would look like right............NOW!
|First Round -- Wednesday, March 8|
|13 Indiana vs 12 Ohio State||4:30pm/ESPN2|
|14 Rutgers vs 11 Illinois||7pm/BTN|
|Second Round -- Thursday, March 9|
|9 Nebraska vs 8 Iowa||Noon/BTN|
|13 IU/12 OSU vs 5 Northwestern||2:30pm/BTN|
|10 Penn State vs 7 Michigan||6:30pm/ESPN2|
|14 RU/11 ILL vs 6 Michigan State||9pm/ESPN2|
|Quarterfinals -- Friday, March 10|
|9 NEB/8 IOWA vs 1 Purdue||Noon/ESPN|
|13 IU/12 OSU/5 NU vs 4 Minnesota||2:30pm/ESPN|
|10 PSU/7 U-M vs 2 Wisconsin||6:30pm/BTN|
|14 RU/11 ILL/6 MSU vs 3 Maryland||9pm/BTN|
Current standings as of right now-
|1.||Purdue||12-3||at U-M, vs IU, at NU|
|2.||Wisconsin||11-3||at OSU, at MSU, vs Iowa, vs MIN|
|3.||Maryland||10-5||vs Iowa, at RU, vs MSU|
|4.||Minnesota||9-6||vs PSU, vs NEB, at UW|
|Northwestern||9-6||at IU, vs U-M, vs PU|
|6.||Michigan State||8-6||vs NEB, vs UW, at ILL, at MD|
|7.||Michigan||8-7||vs PU, at NU, at NEB|
|8.||Iowa||7-8||at MD, at UW, vs PSU|
|9.||Nebraska||6-8||at MSU, vs ILL, at MIN, vs U-M|
|10.||Penn State||6-9||at MIN, vs OSU, at Iowa|
|Illinois||6-9||at NEB, vs MSU, at RU|
|12.||Ohio State||5-10||vs UW, at PSU, vs IU|
|Indiana||5-10||vs NU, at PU, at OSU|
|14.||Rutgers||2-14||vs MD, vs ILL|
There's still a small chance at a double bye if we win a tiebreaker in what would be a four-way tie for 4th place. And utter chaos where two double byes could be up for grabs if MD craps the bed two more times as they did tonight against Minnesota.
I could see MSU going 1-3 the rest of the way. They've had problems with Nebraska even when they were a tournament team.