Morning Five: 03.04.10 EditionPosted by rtmsf on March 4th, 2010
- George Schroeder argues that the writing is on the wall of the brand-spanking-new Matthew Knight Arena at Oregon — head coach Ernie Kent is dead man walking at the school. Regardless of the past successes of Kent (two Elite Eights), we think Shroeder is correct. The sense around UO is that Kent got a little too comfortable in his spot there, and this isn’t the business where comfort wears well when you’re losing Pac-10 games hand over fist. Especially with a new $200M arena across campus to fill.
- Alabama suspended its best player JaMychal Green indefinitely for a violation of undisclosed team rules. It’s been a very tough year for head coach Anthony Grant in his first campaign in Tuscaloosa, but an NIT is salvageable if the Tide can capture its last game to ensure a .500 season. They currently stand at 15-14 (5-10 SEC) after beating South Carolina in Columbia last night.
- Some early bracket science (note: not bracketology)… every seed matchup from #1 vs. #16 broken down statistically. Everybody already knows that the #9 seed wins more often over the #8 than vice versa (54-46), but we bet you didn’t know that #8 seeds are three times more likely than #9 seeds to knock off the top seed in the second round.
- A couple of good pieces on NCAA Expansion 96 this week. George Dorhmann gives us four good reasons that expansion is (say it altogether now…) a bad idea, while Stewart Mandel offers a very informative and insightful article on the multiple layers of decisionmaking and issues involved in this decision. His key statement that every college basketball fan should take to heart: “This much is certain. Nearly all the various parties with a vested interest in the tourney seem far more open to expansion possibilities than the general public.” Folks, if you do nothing else for the rest of your lives, let interim NCAA president James Isch know how you feel about this possibility coming directly from the fans themselves. If they’re going ostrich on us, then let’s make sure they hear us through the sand. Contact him directly at email@example.com.
- ESPN’s Rick Reilly joined the ‘when to RTC’ conversation yesterday just in time for Maryland’s RTC against Duke last night. Using his Ironclad and Unbreakable RTCing Rules, Terp fans will not be eligible for an RTC until the 2022-23 season. Hyperbole, yes, but we do agree with his primary sentiment in that it’s happening far too often. We have no hard data on this, but it’s getting to the point where every school seems to be RTCing at least once a season. If everyone is doing it for any reason under the sun, then nobody is doing anything unique or special. The best idea we’ve heard from the twitterati in recent weeks was the idea that a student body would ‘fake RTC,’ as in threatening to rush without actually doing so. The first student body that actually pulls that one off would forever be in our debt and gratitude.