Florida just lost to Tennessee, yet one more thing to help Michigan get the 1 seed. Things are looking bright.
I GET IT
I remember it like it was yesterday when all the analysts were saying that Florida was the only lock for a 1 seed because they were so good and were going to win out because no one in their conference had a chance of beating them. Oh how the mighty have fallen.
Didn't see it coming- but excellent news
Don't look now, but Duke plays @ Virginia and has Miami at home. Virgina isn't a pushover and Miami is def. good. The Zags have to go play a good BYU squad @ Provo. Meanwhile, we get Penn State on the road and MSU at home.
But let's be honest here - there are 10-12 very good teams this season, I don't see an elite team. And any of those dozen or so teams can be beat on any night. This is going to be a crazy NCAA tournament and I'd bet most brackets will be destroyed after the first weekend.
Even though Duke is ranked higher than Michigan, we would probably benefit more from Duke beating Miami since they only have one conference loss and a better shot at a 1 seed. Best case scenario is Virginia beats Duke, Duke beats Miami.
...continues to get better. Let's take care of Penn State tomorrow!
Zeller was eaten alive - he is now officially out of the POY race. Oladipo did nothing special, and missed FTs down the stretch.
Win out = Big Ten champs and #1 seed
But ESPN has a major hard-on for Oladipo. I expect his press coverage and highlight reel to be extensive throughout March . . .
Aw, Hail Yes!
The opponent of the higher-rated team for 1 seeds this late in the season is my friend.
Well done Vols!
Just when teams start looking unbeatable, they get beaten. We best not be taking a win over PSU for granted.
Oddly enough I am a little more leery of Florida after that defeat. They almost beat a desperate team on their home floor down two or three of their key guys.
We have seen how even one piece can have an impact on our own team.
Now I still believe Michigan is one of the teams that can win the whole thing but matchups could be huge and our guys have to be tough and confident.
an above-average team from the terrible SEC basketball league--without Kentucky--isn't as great as the analysts thought.
gotta win out
...of being the weakest No. 1 team I can remember in a long time in an otherwise strong year of college basketball?
Maybe, but its Duke's spot to lose. If they beat Miami, they're number 1 (until they lose at UNC, of course).
It must be Michigan because he says he's not sure that we will even make the NCAA Tournament.
The SEC is a joke. Wow that feels weird to say.
And yet thoroughly satisfying.
A great night of results, hope tomorrow and Sunday are even better. Motto of the week - Beat State!
Crazy stat: Alabama(!!!) can take 1st place in the SEC when they play Florida on March 2nd. (They only have one meeting this year and hence will win the tiebreaker)
It certainly turned into the night we needed, but let's not get too excited.
We need to win out - beating both State and IU - before we can really celebrate. No easy task.
No pressure and let's just enjoy the ride.
On the bright side we haven't lost at home or a neutral court and both game are at Crisler.
Until you jinxed it
So does lane kiffin finally get to sing rocky top in Gainesville like he promised? Wrong sport? Wait kiffin isn't even there any more..
Yes... well should be. Will have regular season title in toughest conference (by far) in the land. And seeing as this conference is so deep and the fact that wed get a bye that first matchup could be against a team who needs the victory to get in/ greatly enhance their seed.
Call it the appy state effect, but I'm awfully leery about tomorrow in Happy Valley. We didn't win on the road in February and Penn State's been hanging tight their last three games. they are bound to break through at some point.
Tell them to save it for somebody else.
UT is now on a six game winning streak. Also, Cuonzo is 3-0 against Florida.
In integer news, Florida isn't that good away from home. It will be interesting to see know they get seeded come tourney time.
Integer news, eh?
...so well played
The odd stat of the game, in reviewing the box score, is that Florida and Tennessee were both 24-57 from the field, and as Tennessee made one more three than Florida, it created a situation where their effective FG percentages were literally within 0.8% of one another. That being said, Florida was outrebounded to the tune of 50% less than Tennessee,
That drops Florida to 12-3 in the SEC and 7-4 on the road. I think Florida is the only SEC team with a winning road record, so if anyone (ESPN) ever decides to talk about how hard Florida has it....yeah...
I think what we really need is for Morgan to be fully healthy. Everything else follows from that.
I really dont understand how Gonzaga is going to get a #1 seed. They have not played anyone all year and their conference is a joke.
they lost to illinois (at home), who we swept comfortably.
they do have wins against ksu (as do we) and oklahoma state.
their other loss came to butler.
I doubt they would be in contention for a 1 seed if they had to go through a Big10 schedule, given that their conference is a total joke.
In a fair world, the B1G has 3 #1 seeds in the tourney. The SEC is terrible, the Big12 is terrible, the Pac12 is nonexistent, the ACC is bad and the Big East is weak. Couple that with the B1G being about as strong as a basketball conference has ever been...and it's a weird year. Very weird.
Florida will always be dangerous because of Billy Donovan, but they haven't been an NCAA title contender since their "Fab Four" left.