Open thread to discuss opening round games in Dayton. North Carolina A&T just narrowly escaped a late game collapse to Liberty.
St. Mary's will be playing Middle Tennessee State in the next game.
Edit: Robert Morris is also up on Kentucky in the second half in the NIT.
Yesterday, someone posted a topic about how the SEC is complaining about lack of respect and lack of bids.
Now, the great ACC is doing exactly the same thing:
Although, IMHO, Virginia has some valid basis to complain, it's ironic that the "BCS" conferences seem to draw from their football status an almost birthright to basketball respect too.
I haven't seen this anywhere on the board yet and I figured this would make for a mildly interesting/amusing/soul-crushing first post:
Back in the spring of 2011, at the height of realignment uncertainty, ESPN tried to lock down the Big East... ESPN offered what was later reported to be a nine-year deal, worth $1.17 billion. That would have come out to about $130 million a year, top tier money but still behind the power conferences.
And then, the killing blow:
Today made official what had been reported last month: ESPN matched NBC Sports Network's offer, and locked down the Big East until 2020 for $126 million. That'd be seven years, at $18 million per. That's 14 percent of the annual payouts on the table two years ago, but who's counting?
Talk about picking up the table scraps... Ouch.
Hopefully this has not been made into a topic yet but I was wondering who you all had as some of your sleeper picks, a double digit seed who could make a run, or a high seed destined for an upset. That is if you don't mind sharing some of your knowledge with others.
I have Minnesota reaching the Sweet 16 because I think that UCLA/Pac 12 is overrated and Florida is a team so many people are in love with. I have Wisconsin reaching the Elite 8 since I think Gonzaga is garbage and Belmont over Zona' including others.
Where does everyone have Michigan, I want to pick them over Kansas so bad but I promised myself after the Indiana game that I would pick with my head and not my heart with this team after their inconsistent play of late.
The SEC basketball coaches are bitching about being treated like a mid-major conference after playing like one:
Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin predicted two weeks ago that the SEC would earn six bids.
Martin said the SEC's three bids were an ''embarrassment'' after the brackets were revealed, and he didn't back down from those comments Monday. He said Tennessee, Kentucky and Alabama are ''NCAA tournament teams'' that landed in the NIT.
''It's almost like a mid-major mentality in this league, when you've got your second-place team that doesn't get in the NCAA tournament,'' Martin said. ''This is a BCS league. It's one of the best leagues in America. That shouldn't happen.''
The SEC's non-conference performance indicates it actually wasn't one of the best leagues in the nation this season.
As the article goes on to point out, the SEC had losing records against all BCS conferences and performed worse than two mid-major conferences.