Predictions for Today's Games Thread

Predictions for Today's Games Thread

Submitted by Saint_in_Blue on March 17th, 2016 at 10:27 AM

REMINDER POST: Brackets officially lock at 12:15 with the tip-off of Duke/UNC-Wilmington.

The ESPN Tournament Challenge is back for another year. The brackets are officially set and ready for picks to be made. If you made a bracket last year just log in, create a bracket and rejoin the group. If you are new please follow the link below and use the password to join.

Get in the action now:

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MATCHUPS:

#13 UNC Wilmington vs #4 Duke

12:15 PM CBS Dunkin Donuts Center, Providence, Rhode Island

#9 Butler vs #8 Texas Tech

12:40 PM truTV PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina

#9 Connecticut vs #8 Colorado

1:30 PM TNT Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa

#13 Iona vs #4 Iowa State

2:00 PM TBS Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado

#12 Yale vs #5 Baylor

2:45 PM CBS Dunkin Donuts Center, Providence, Rhode Island

#16 Hampton vs #1 Virginia

3:10 PM truTV PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina

#16 Austin Peay vs #1 Kansas

4:00 PM TNT Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa

#12 Arkansas-Little Rock vs #5 Purdue

4:30 PM TBS Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado

#14 Buffalo vs #3 Miami

6:50 PM TNT Dunkin Donuts Center, Providence, Rhode Island

#12 Chattanooga vs #5 Indiana

7:10 PM CBS Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa

#16 Florida Gulf Coast vs #1 North Carolina

7:20 PM TBS PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina

#14 Fresno State vs #3 Utah

7:27 PM truTV Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado

#11 Wichita St vs #6 Arizona

9:20 PM TNT Dunkin Donuts Center, Providence, Rhode Island

#13 Stony Brook vs #4 Kentucky

9:40 PM CBS Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa

#9 Providence vs #8 USC

9:50 PM TBS PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina

#11 Gonzaga vs #6 Seton Hall

9:57 PM truTV Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado

Xavier Simpson named Gatorade POY for Ohio

Xavier Simpson named Gatorade POY for Ohio

Submitted by Raoul on March 17th, 2016 at 9:47 AM

After being named Ohio's Mr. Basketball yesterday, Xavier Simpson garnered another honor today: Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Ohio.

The 6-foot, 175-pound senior point guard has led the Spartans to a 28-0 record and a berth in the Division I semifinals, scheduled for March 18. Simpson is averaging 28 points, 6.3 assists and 3.7 steals per game through 28 games, shooting nearly 60 percent from 3-point range. . . .

"I can’t believe that there is a player in Ohio that is more important to his team’s success than Xavier Simpson," said Jim Rucki, head coach at Findlay High. "He makes everyone around him a better player. He is true point guard. He keeps his team under control and is a coach on the floor. He can be a great scorer when he needs to be, but has an uncanny ability to give his teammates the ball right where they need it. He is the best player in Ohio."

Tickets for Tonight's Game in Dayton

Tickets for Tonight's Game in Dayton

Submitted by JR's Flow on March 16th, 2016 at 7:04 PM
Hello all, I am a student at the University of Dayton, and I unfortunately cannot make the game tonight and am trying to sell my tickets. They are normal GA tickets, not students. I got them for 45 a piece and would like to get close to that. Tickets are in the 400 section. Anyone interested?

REMINDER: ESPN Tournament Challenge - MGoBlog

REMINDER: ESPN Tournament Challenge - MGoBlog

Submitted by Saint_in_Blue on March 16th, 2016 at 1:25 PM

REMINDER POST: Brackets lock at noon tomorrow (3/17).

 

The ESPN Tournament Challenge is back for another year. The brackets are officially set and ready for picks to be made. If you made a bracket last year just log in, create a bracket and rejoin the group. If you are new please follow the link below and use the password to join.

Get in the action now:

http://games.espn.go.com/tournament-challenge-bracket/en/group?invitesource=email&groupID=2997&inviteuser=ezE5NjMyNTdBLUEzMzEtNDgxNi1CQzcxLTcwMzc3NzkyMDgxMX0%3D&ex_cid=invite-email-tcmen&groupp=aGFyYmF1Z2gh

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We had over 650 participants last year! I finished near the bottom so I'm looking for some redemption this year. Last year's winner was goblue10 who finished with 1540 points (99.7 %) and correctly picked Duke as National Champs.

Good luck to everyone and as always, GO BLUE!

Dayton Roll Call

Dayton Roll Call

Submitted by BucksSuck on March 16th, 2016 at 9:07 AM

Who's gonna be in Dayton tonight?  I will be there is section 103 row J seat 1!  After 8 years of driving from Dayton to AA for every home football game it is about time that UM come see me.  There is a watch party at Milano's on the UD campus for those who cannot get tickets.

Kysre Gondrezick named Jordan Brand All-American (2016 WBB signee)

Kysre Gondrezick named Jordan Brand All-American (2016 WBB signee)

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on March 15th, 2016 at 9:16 PM

The accolades keep piling up for Michigan signee Kysre Gondrezick. She was named Miss Basketball in MI yesterday and now has been selected to the Jordan Brand Classic.

An All-American game in Brooklyn at the Barclays Center taking place in April. 

http://jordanbrandclassic.com/2016-all-american-girls-team-bios/

The best basketball recruit coming in next year, regardless of gender. The accolades and stastistical feats she broke this year says so.

Hopefully she can be what to WBB what Cazzie Russell was to MBB in putting them on the map nationally.

 

 

Congrats to @KysreRae for being selected for the @jordanclassic
#represent #GOBLUE pic.twitter.com/dWuK9S9FuA

— Joy (@CoachJoy2u) March 15, 2016

OT: Using a Points System to Seed the NCAA tournament

OT: Using a Points System to Seed the NCAA tournament

Submitted by Cobalt2970 on March 15th, 2016 at 8:33 PM

***Fixed Little Rock Duplicate**

This is my 1st Thread so be gentle.

I personally hate the ambiguity of having a panel debate who should get in and who shouldn’t using arbitrary arguments.For example, Michigan was 4-11 vs. Top 100 teams. This totally ignores that most of those loses were vs Top 25 teams! Should we really be punished for losing to a great team?

So I came up with a theory. 

Why don’t we use a Point System (like the NHL) for wins and losses…how would that look?

Basics (Using RPI)

  • Win vs. Top 25 = +6 points
  • Loss vs. Top 25 = -1 points
  • Win vs. 26-100 = +3 points
  • Loss vs. 26-100 = -3 points
  • Win vs 101+ = +1 point
  • Loss vs. 101+ = - 6 points

**Reward Great Wins and Punish Horrible Losses

I also wanted to reward winning your tournament, so if you win your conference tournament, you are bumped up 1 seed.

So how does this look? (I’m using images in hopes that my formatting isn’t horrible)

  • Green = Conference Tournament Champ & 1 Seed Bump
  • Red = Downward Seed Bump (due to Green Bump)

I personally love this, but I’m someone that likes math to solve problems vs. gut feelings.

Also, since I’m God in this scenario, I’ll add a bonus rule: 

Each team selects what region they are in from 16th seed going up (with the highest Seed Score going first).

This would mean that Kansas, for instance, would get to select which #1 seed region they would like, followed by Oregon, then UNC, then MSU after they see what each bracket looks like. This would let them choose their path to the final four.

I'd also be happy to post my excel file if anyone would like to dig into the math.

Cheers! 

Source (http://espn.go.com/mens-college-basketball/rpi/_/sort/RPI)