spoiler alert: i linked this
The Big 10 title drought has been much discussed. During these games I have noticed that the opponents have been on the foul line much more, so I did a little research. In the past 6 title games (all losses) the opponent on average has shot 10.2 free throws more than the Big 10 team.
Here are the free throw stats:
- 2015 - Wisc 10, Duke 20
- 2013 - UM 25, Louis 23
- 2009 - MSU 29, UNC 40
- 2007 - OSU 17, Flor 25
- 2005 - Ill 6, UNC 19
- 2002 - IU 7, Mary 28 (B1G I know ;))
What is the cause of this? Does the Big 10 team suddenly hack more in the final? Or do the refs show an anti-Big 10 bias? It could be argued with equal free throw attempts the Big 10 would have won 4 to 5 additional titles.
Thank you for your input.
I'll start a thread for those paying attention to basketball as well as hockey - the advantage of having multiple devices / TVs / etc...
Anyhow, we're trimming down the Elite Eight beginning tonight, of course. Currently on CBS, Oklahoma is leading Oregon 59-44 with just under 15 minutes to go in the 2nd half. Later on, also on CBS, we'll have Villanova and Kansas in the other 1-2 battle.
With the Big Ten crapping the Sweet Sixteen bed, and Maryland, Wiscy and Indiana all losing, history remains unchanged: The last two Big Ten teams to win the NCAA title are still Michigan (1989) and MSU (2000). Maryland in 2002 does not count.
It truly is amazing how inept the B1G has become in the NCAAs. Since MSU's title in 2000, B1G teams have made the Final Four 12 times (MSU 5, OSU 2, Wisconsin 2, Michigan, Illinois and Indiana 1), with nothing to show for it.
If coffee is for closers, then the Big Ten will have to drink tea for another year.
Here's the thread for the Friday night games, two of which are already going -
CBS - Iowa State / Virginia - the Cavaliers are up 39-26 with just under three minutes to go in the 1st half.
TBS - Wisconsin / Notre Dame - Wisconsin is up 13-9 with 11:29 to go in the 1st half.
Later on, Gonzaga plays Syracuse on CBS at approximately 9:40 PM, TBS will carry Indiana / UNC at about 9:57 PM.
With the success of traditional football powers Oregon and Oklahoma in this year's NCAAs, it got me to thinking about the schools that have combined football greatness with basketball greatness the best. And by the ultimate metric - national championships - only two schools are in the conversation.
In the last 30 years, only two schools have won national championships in both sports - Florida and Michigan. Florida is by far the leader, with three NCs in football and two in basketball. Michigan has one of each. If either Oklahoma or Notre Dame win it all this year, they will join this exclusive club.
Looking at the list of champions in both sports, though, really spells out just how difficult it is to be both a football school and a basketball school. The traditional basketball powers - Kentucky, Kansas, Louisville, Duke, Indiana, UConn, Syracuse - are awful at football. The traditional football powers - Alabama, LSU, everybody else in the SEC except Kentucky, USC, Florida State - are mostly awful at basketball.
Only a few schools have come close to being great (at times) in both - Texas, Ohio State, MSU, maybe even Wisconsin. And now Oklahoma, Oregon and Notre Dame. But it's still mostly true that you either have to be a basketball school or a football school, and it's hard to be both.
If you watched the tourney games last night you may be aware that this went down:
Was shooting a three-pointer with nine seconds left (and the outcome not in doubt) poor form? Probably. But, if I'm Coach K I leave any etiquette lessons to the Oregon coach.