Crushed by Pitt, 72-50, on ESPN; also obliterated
their chances at an NCAA 1-seed (and certainly tweaks
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Selection Sunday, here we come.
Interesting "rules of thumb" in Lunardi's
Bracketology column Monday, which I'll sock away for
future (bracket-picking) use:
Who did you beat?
When did you beat them?
Where did you beat them?
What about losses?
Say: B.C.? Last night? By 22, at home?
B.C. may have lost out on a No. 1 seed, but it's not
like that means anything in an event as flush with
parity as the NCAA Tournament. As a top seed, the
Eagles were an early-round upset waiting to
Think "top" means anything ...
For the Jayhawks? Rock Choke.
Roy Williams? UNC-ya!
U-Wash? Apple-ripe for upset.
Stop trying to decipher which teams will grab
the No. 1 seeds; outside of Illinois, they're more
contenders than pretenders, anyway.
Enjoy this last week of the regular season,
with the Bubble teams playing with NCAA Tournament
Revel in next week's "C-Week," scouting Cindys
and watching the small-league tourney upsets that make
March what it is.
But following the battle between KU, UNC, Wake, B.C., Duke,
Washington and Kentucky for No. 1 seeds?
That misses the real joy of March (and not just
because none of 'em are winning anyway).
Won't coach in A-10 Tourney. That was
the right decision to make. Now he can begin the
uphill process of reputation repair.
Where to start? How about the obligatory
anger-management speaking tour? (Start with a
SportsCenter Sunday Conversation, Coach.)
NCAA's "APR" Rate
"Academic Progress Rate": It's the most
hotly contested ranking in college sports, making the
RPI and the BCS look tame.
What is it? A cut-off point for all NCAA sports teams'
players to reach certain academic metrics -- difficult
Returning the next semester.
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More like a Bubble, actually: A team is either
over the rate or not. The penalty is lost
scholarships, the currency of college sports.
And half of D1 schools are going to lose scholarships
for failing to meet the rate (7 percent of all
The APR's intention is good; its methodology is
sketchy, and that's what schools are complaining
Of course, that allows them to take the focus off
their institutional neglect.
And you thought the BCS was a
How could hoops pollsters have watched Duke struggle
on Sunday vs. St. John's and still bump them up
from No. 10 to No. 6?
(Aha! Maybe they weren't watching; and there's your
And it took 'em too long to recognize So.
Illinois (25), too; SIU is a Sweet 16 team that's been
a top 20 RPI staple for the last month.
NFL QB Carousel
Bucs to release Brad Johnson. Look for
him to be a second choice as the "top tier" (Garcia,
Warner) decide where to land.
Garcia is reportedly eyeing Detroit, Denver and Tampa.
Warner is looking at Arizona, Chicago and
Meanwhile, buzz is strong that Jay Fiedler will land
with the Giants (I think he's a better fit across
town with the Jets).
Towers Comes Clean
Fans know that GMs know when their
players were juicing. GMs know we know, but as yet
have refused to cop to anything.
So Padres GM Kevin Towers coming clean about knowing
Ken Caminiti was using 'roids is a bold (if late)
Begs a few questions, though:
How many GMs knew/suspected?
Answer: Safe to guess "all?"
Will any GMs follow his lead?
A: Don't count on it.
Should HE get an asterisk?
A: Deserves it more than Bonds.
(Related: New MLB drug-test program set to start
NHLPA to Meet
Great Reality TV: Stick a camera in the
closed-door meeting of 150 NHL players and their union
"leadership" and watch the drama unfold!
The irony is that a TV show like that would get much
better ratings than hockey itself. Maybe I can provide
a dramatic re-enactment:
"Hey, Goodenow: What the puck were you
This is it for Gary Barnett. Grand jury hears
testimony about sexual assault on CU trainer and a
secret slush fund, financed by Gary's "Technique
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