ESPN Tournament Challenge - Final Four Update

ESPN Tournament Challenge - Final Four Update

Submitted by Saint_in_Blue on March 28th, 2016 at 3:40 PM

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!

OT: Are in-game analysts biased?

OT: Are in-game analysts biased?

Submitted by dieseljr32 on March 28th, 2016 at 10:21 AM

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. 

 

Beilein inquires about Josh Jackson

Beilein inquires about Josh Jackson

Submitted by ypsituckyboy on March 28th, 2016 at 8:41 AM

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.

NCAA Tournament - Trimming Down The Elite Eight - Sunday Edition

NCAA Tournament - Trimming Down The Elite Eight - Sunday Edition

Submitted by LSAClassOf2000 on March 27th, 2016 at 6:27 PM

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. 

 

Caris Has Another Surgery

Caris Has Another Surgery

Submitted by LongLiveBo on March 27th, 2016 at 12:08 PM

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.  

http://www.mlive.com/wolverines/index.ssf/2016/03/michigan_basketball_1…

 

 

Michigan announces Caris LeVert has undergone foot surgery in New York City.

— Brendan F. Quinn (@BFQuinn) March 27, 2016
 
 
 

NCAA Title Games - Anti Big 10 Bias?

NCAA Title Games - Anti Big 10 Bias?

Submitted by Mojave Gold on March 26th, 2016 at 11:13 PM

Friends,

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:

Attempts

- 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.

NCAA Tournament - Trimming Down The Elite Eight - Saturday Edition

NCAA Tournament - Trimming Down The Elite Eight - Saturday Edition

Submitted by LSAClassOf2000 on March 26th, 2016 at 7:33 PM

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.

Still the Last Two B1G Teams to Win the NCAA Title: Michigan and MSU

Still the Last Two B1G Teams to Win the NCAA Title: Michigan and MSU

Submitted by BursleyHall82 on March 26th, 2016 at 10:15 AM

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.

NCAA Tournament - The Rest Of The Sweet Sixteen Open Thread

NCAA Tournament - The Rest Of The Sweet Sixteen Open Thread

Submitted by LSAClassOf2000 on March 25th, 2016 at 7:49 PM

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. 

Only Two Schools That Have Won NCs in Football and Basketball in Last 30 Years

Only Two Schools That Have Won NCs in Football and Basketball in Last 30 Years

Submitted by BursleyHall82 on March 25th, 2016 at 11:34 AM

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.