N.C. State managed to score only 24 points in a loss to Virginia Tech today. That is the fewest points scored ever by a ranked team in the shot clock era.
H O W ? Even in college ball, against a great defensive team, you should score at least 45 points. 30 if your entire bench gets ejected and one of your starters fouled out or whatever happened to Alabama last year or something. 24 points is like you're actively throwing the ball into the stands or letting the shot clock go off in protest or something. This is one of the more unimaginable things I've seen in sports in some time.
Surreal to see that 4 way tie in the OVC. I hope Murray wins but given their recent efforts vs. Belmont and Jax St. I'm not that sure. South Dakota St. and New Mexico St. are two teams that always seem to win their jobber leagues and I always think of picking them to pull the upset and they never do it.
For what it's worth if you want serious title contenders from Kenpom.com (as in top 20 in offense and defense) you'll get Virginia, Duke, Michigan St., UNC, VA Tech, UK, and Iowa St. Some teams like Kansas and U of L are slightly outside the top 20 in one or the other. Bizarre to see UVA actually #5 in offense since they are dreadful to watch, but it's all about tempo. They shoot a decent percentage.
Post by Gustav Richlen on Feb 16, 2019 23:40:03 GMT -5
The next edition of TEAMS FROM SMALLER CONFERENCES is delayed due to spilling ramen on my laptop and screwing up the keyboard. Which will either result in me either getting an external keyboard or buying a new laptop entirely.
Post by burdette25159 on Feb 22, 2019 17:24:26 GMT -5
Conference USA is going to have a "Mini season" starting next week. Teams will be divided into three groups, with one group being teams at the Top, the 2nd group being teams at the Middle and the third being teams at the Bottom of the standings at this point, teams will only play against other teams in their group in an 4 game "Mini Season"
This "Mini Season" idea is the brainchild of TV analyst Mark Adams who believes that the format would increase both overall RPI rankings and the chances of second-tier leagues receiving at large bids to the NCAA Tournament
Post by Gustav Richlen on Mar 11, 2019 21:36:03 GMT -5
TEAMS THAT HAVE PUNCHED THEIR TICKET TO THE NCAA D-I MEN'S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP:
AMERICAN: Cincinnati (returning) ACC: Duke (returning) AMERICA EAST: Vermont (first since 2017) A10: Saint Louis (first since 2014) ATLANTIC SUN: Liberty (first since 2013) BIG EAST: Villanova (returning) BIG SKY: Montana (returning) BIG SOUTH: Gardner-Webb (first ever) BIG 12: Iowa State (first since 2017) BIG 10: Michigan State (returning) BIG WEST: UC Irvine (first since 2015) COLONIAL: Northeastern (first since 2015) CONFERENCE USA: Old Dominion (first since 2011) HORIZON: Northern Kentucky (first since 2017) IVY: Yale (first since 2016) MAAC: Iona (returning) MAC: Buffalo (returning) MEAC: North Carolina Central (returning) MISSOURI VALLEY: Bradley (first since 2006) MOUNTAIN WEST: Utah State (first since 2011) NORTHEAST: Fairleigh Dickinson (first since 2016) OHIO VALLEY: Murray State (returning) PAC 12: Oregon (first since 2017) PATRIOT: Colgate (first since 1996) SEC: Auburn (returning) SOUTHERN: Wofford (first since 2015) SOUTHLAND: Abilene Christian (first ever) SUMMIT: North Dakota State (first since 2015) SUN BELT: Georgia State (returning) SWAC: Prairie View A&M (first since 1998) WAC: New Mexico State (returning) WEST COAST: St. Mary's (first since 2017)