I've always had trouble explaining to a non-fan friend or an outsider what exactly the point of the conference tournament is.
I've used examples such as "it's just a cash grab", "it's basically just for fun if you're good enough", "it's only needed for teams that need the automatic bid to get in, really".
What really is the purpose of a conference tournament? Are you in favor of them? What are your opinions on them?
I have a question about main page posts with scores in the title.
What do people think about having the score in the Basketball posts? e.g. "Maryland 66, Michigan 56"
I truly dislike it and would prefer that the score not be in the title. Rather, something like "Maryland Michigan Game Report". Obviously, I understand that this is less informative. But I have had the result of several games this season "spoiled" due to the MGoBlog HD App sending me the headlines to my phone.
Almost all the time, I truly appreciate the feature of the system that sends the title of a new post that is available. But, especially with kids activities, I am very often watching the game on a one- or two-hour delay. Also, even if I'm home to watch, I'll often TiVo the game and start watching 30 minutes after it begins to be able to skip through as many commercials as possible.
For what it is worth, I'm not suggesting that the first line of the post be anything other than the result. I know it is silly to try to stay in media blackout in this time of twitter and realtime updates for everything. But I would really rather not know the outcome if I can avoid it. And it is hard for me to avoid those banner updates as I'm often needing to check my phone for other messages, emails, etc.
Who is for and who is against this idea?
The latest NITology is very interesting.
In the credible NITology by bracketmatrix that was released the day before yesterday's loss, it has Michigan as a 5 seed in a rematch of the 1989 NCAA Championship. They would play at 4 seed Seton Hall.
Michigan was a mid-6 seed last week. Their win over OSU really gave them a bump in the seedings. The next game is obviously a must win if they want to move up/avoid moving down.
A 4 seed gets them a first round home game.
5-2 Maryland early
Mitch McGary with a career high 20 points against Portland with about 9 minutes remaining in the 4Q. On ESPN.
McGary hit the Blazers with this:
Florida State was trailing Miami (YTM) 62-47 with 4:38 to play last night in their ACC matchup in Miami. That's when freshman G Xavier Rathan-Mayes did something that might be hard to do in a video game. He went on to score 30 points in the game's remaining minutes...and the Seminoles still lost, 81-77! Rathan-Mayes hit six threes, two lay-ups and eight free throws in the final 4:38 of the contest, finishing with a season-high 35 points. It was his second 35-point game of the season, with the other coming against UNC in January.
He was the #30 recruit in the country in the class of 2014, per Rivals, with offers from a whole host of schools, including Kentucky, Illinois and UConn. Michigan didn't recruit him, as far as I can tell. While he has gone off a few times this season, you could definitely call him a chucker. Rathan-Mayes attempts 12 FGs per game, 5.2 from three and only shoots .411/.274/.694. To his credit, he also averages 4.5 APG, against 3.5 TOs.