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So here we are at the Final Four. Villanova, Oklahoma, North Carolina, and Syracuse(!?). There's one team every year that benefits from upsets to get an easy path and this year it's Syracuse. Raise your hand if you picked Syracuse to be in the Final Four.....<crickets>.
Anyways, as far as points and rankings in the MGoBlog group here is where the top 5 stands:
Rank - Bracket - Champion - PPR** - Total - PCT
1 - Ovaltine Jenkins - UNC - 640 - 920 - 99.8
2 - The Big Prince - Oklahoma - 480 - 890 - 99.5
3* - Angry Midget - UNC - 640 - 880 - 99.3
3* - Death to Drupal - UVA - 160 - 880 - 99.3
5* - smallfrey03 1 - UNC - 640 - 860 - 98.6
5* - ROLLLLLL TIIIIIIIDE - Kansas - 0 - 860 - 98.6
5* - ancisler 1 - Kansas - 0 - 860 - 98.6
* - tie breaker used
** - Possible Points Remaining
Lots of room for change at the top since many people picked Kansas and Michigan State to win the title. Roll Tide and Ancisler are in trouble since they do not have any possible points remaining. I'm just happy I'm on the first page and in contention for a top 10 finish!
We had 725 entries this year, up from 643 a year ago! Good luck to everyone that still has a shot at claiming a top spot and thank you to everyone that played along! I look forward to doing this again next year!
I found myself watching the Elite Eight matchup between Syracuse and Virginia last night. The longer the game went on, the more I found myself getting agitated with Reggie Miller. I kept thinking, this man wants Syracuse to win.
But, this led me to wonder...are in-game analysts biased or is it just in our heads?
I'm not talking about the guys who sit in studio, but those who are on the sidelines.
Reggie Miller probably wasn't "rooting" for Syracuse but it sure felt like he was. I wanted Virginia to win. Which, I think in turn made me develop some sort of weird angst towards the announcers not assuring me Virginia wasn't actually blowing a 15 point lead to a 10 seed.
This can be seen across other sports. Take, for instance, the Michigan-Indiana football game. It just seemed as though the announcers were pulling for an upset and disappointed when Michigan eventually prevailed.
When the analysts or announcers are confronted with the question of if they show a rooting interest during a game, they claim to be unbiased.
Filed under "so you're sayin' there's a chance", Beilein apparently checked with Josh Jackson's mom to see if there was any interest. That's about all there is to it at this point, but I was surprised that even happened.
Apparently Jackson was set to decide this past Thursday but pushed it back a week or so for some reason. Most folks think he's going to Kansas, with a few thinking he may go to Zona if Rawle Atkins doesn't, and MSU fans think he's going to MSU.
With half the Final Four field now set, we have two more games to get through yet -
Going now on TBS, Virginia and Syracuse are going at it - the Cavaliers are up 11-8 with about 11:30 to go in the first half.
Later on TBS - approximately 8:49 PM unless something happens in the current game, you'll get Notre Dame and North Carolina.
This was announced last night and I can't believe that it hasn't been posted yet. It's almost like there is cloud of guilt surrounded his name on this board.
Michigan announces Caris LeVert has undergone foot surgery in New York City.— Brendan F. Quinn (@BFQuinn) March 27, 2016
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.