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On 03/18/2014 09:20 AM in NCAA Basketball

Spooky Express March Madness avoiding getting hit in the nuts random thoughts

Spooky Express March Madness avoiding getting hit in the nuts random thoughts

-- Doug McDermott mentioned something interesting Sunday night, about how he has to adjust to a different basketball now that NCAA tourney was starting. Conferences have sponsorship deals with different companies; the NCAA’s basketball deal is with Wilson—don’t think too many leagues use a Wilson ball during the regular season. Shooters care a lot about the right feel of a ball in their hands, so guys like McDermott are using these precious few days before the tournament starts to get used to a new piece of equipment in their toolkit.

-- Oddsmakers in Las Vegas mocked the idea of Louisville as a #4-seed, saying Florida/Michigan State are only two teams that would be favored over the Cardinals this month.

-- Monday morning’s earthquake in Los Angeles was the strongest one there in twenty years.

-- Teddy Bridgewater apparently had a disappointing pro day on his own college campus; how does this happen? Why not throw at the NFL Combine? Now he could conceivably slide out of the first round, which would cost him a small fortune in his first contract. I don’t understand why guys won’t trust their own ability and just throw at the Combine.

-- When you see a team like UNLV or Indiana turn down bids to the CBI and CIT, it means pretty much that they had poor team chemistry and the coaches see no value in having the team stay together any longer; they can cut ties with any players they want to get rid of, and work out with the ones they’re moving forward with. In other words, it was a lousy year and the coaches are relieved its over without them getting fired. No one turns down the NIT because the NCAA owns the NIT, but the CBI and CIT are second-rate events and not every program wants to be bothered.

-- This bears repeating: college scholarships are one-year, renewable deals. If a coach doesn’t want a player to come back next year, he’ll simply (and mostly quietly) tell the player he’s not going to be welcome back next year, and either find the kid a place to transfer to, or wish him well with his education and move on while the kid is on his own for his next step. Coaches get fired for losing, after all, so they’re not going to keep kids around who they think are hindering the process, whether that is fair or unfair. At the end of the day, it is a big-money business.

-- The 4-seeds are better than the 3-seeds, and I mean Michigan State and Louisville, especially. Manhattan coach Steve Masiello played/coached for Rick Pitino; Jaspers have to be disappointed in drawing the Cardinals.

-- Louisville as a 4-seed, no SMU at all; guess the committee wasn't too fond of the new AAC. Wait until next year, with Louisville gone and a bunch of teams coming in from C-USA- they really won't like the league then.

-- SMU's non-conference strength of schedule: #302 out of 351.

-- Last four times Duke has been to the Final Four, they were a #1 seed (they've only been to Final Four once in last nine years). Last time Duke made the Final Four without being a #1 seed? 1994.

-- Mercer is #5 in country in experience; they won at Ole Miss, lost by 3 at Texas. Duke isn't a great defensive team; remember, Vermont was 31-41 inside arc against them Nov 24. Mercer plays in the same league as Florida Gulf Coast, who made the Sweet 16 last year. I'm just sayin'.......

-- Last two years, three #2 seeds lost in first round, after being 40-0 in the ten years before that.

-- You can bet the under on American-Wisconsin. Final score of Patriot League final was 55-36. Will be a low possession game. American's last two games had 53-56 possessions, like watching paint dry.

-- Oddity: In the last 15 years, a #4 seed got beat in first round 14 times, but the last time the East's #4-seed lost in first round was 1991. Michigan State is the East's #4 seed this year.

-- I'll pick a Final Four now, and reserve the right to change my mind:
Michigan State-Florida-Louisville-Arizona

This...this is a mess. In the second inning of today's Reds-Indians game, Brandon Phillips uncorked a rocket right into umpire Brad Myers's dick. Myers tried to jump out of the way and instead positioned his dick right in the line of fire. He would remain on the ground for some time as both Cleveland and Cincinnati trainers checked him out.




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03/18/2014 09:21 AM

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