Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Conference Previews - 13 seeds

These are the last of the conferences who will have no shot at an at large.

Conference: Sun Belt
Rank: 16
Conference Champion: Georgia State
Potential At-Large: Louisiana

Conference: Summit
Rank: 15
Conference Champion: South Dakota State
Potential At-Large: None

Conference: Colonial
Rank: 14
Conference Champion: Northeastern
Potential At-Large: None

Conference: MAC
Rank: 13
Conference Champion: Buffalo
Potential At-Large: None

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Conference Previews - 14 and 15 Seeds

Conference: Southern
Rank: 24
Conference Champion: UNC Greensboro
Potential At-Large: None

Conference: Horizon
Rank: 23
Conference Champion: Northern Kentucky
Potential At-Large: None

Conference: America East
Rank: 22
Conference Champion: Vermont
Potential At-Large: None

Conference: Ohio Valley
Rank: 21
Conference Champion: Belmont
Potential At-Large: None

Conference: Big West
Rank: 20
Conference Champion: UC-Irvine
Potential At-Large: None

Conference: Ivy
Rank: 19
Conference Champion: Harvard
Potential At-Large: None

Conference: WAC
Rank: 18
Conference Champion: New Mexico State
Potential At-Large: None

Conference: Southland
Rank: 17
Conference Champion: Stephen F. Austin
Potential At-Large: None

Conference Previews - 16 Seeds

Just think, 12 months ago these were all after thoughts but now, after UMBC's not so shocking win over Virginia any, and all of these teams have a chance.  Especially if they draw Virginia again!

Conference: MEAC
Rank: 32
Conference Champion: North Carolina Central
Potential At-Large: None

Conference: SWAC
Rank: 31
Conference Champion: Grambling State
Potential At-Large: None

Conference: Northeast
Rank: 30
Conference Champion: St. Francis (PA)
Potential At-Large: None

Conference: Big South
Rank: 29
Conference Champion: Radford
Potential At-Large: None

Conference: Atlantic Sun
Rank: 28
Conference Champion: Lipscomb
Potential At-Large: None

Conference: Metro Atlantic
Rank: 27
Conference Champion: Rider
Potential At-Large: None

Conference: Patriot
Rank: 26
Conference Champion: LeHigh
Potential At-Large: None

Conference: Big Sky
Rank: 25
Conference Champion: Montana
Potential At-Large: None

Monday, October 29, 2018

8 Days

We are 8 days away from the start of the College Basketball season.  I'm getting excited and they are finally doing it right by opening up with some solid games.  Duke vs Kentucky will be the headliner in my mind.

Conference previews start tomorrow!

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

I’m Shocked To Find Gambling Here!

Middle-aged, white sports journalists are shocked to find out top recruits in “amateur” basketball might be getting paid to attend major universities. And they’re very angry about it.

The sham of amateurism has permeated the American sports landscape for far too long. This isn’t just a college thing. High school football across sections of this country has gotten so large, reports of multi-million dollar stadiums and use of instant replay don’t shock the system. Youth travel teams have become big business. Ask yourself this, who are the ones truly profiting from all this? 

We can argue it’s “for the kids”.  It’s hard to be against “the kids”, but let’s not delude ourselves. There’s money to be made off their talent and this perverse notion of community pride that comes from local sports teams being good. Academic success or a state title in football? I know which is preferred.

Per usual, the idea of “doing it the right way” has been the rallying cry of many, especially amongst certain fanbases that think they’re above the cesspool. Nah, you’ve been knee deep in it for years exploiting young athletes for financial gains for your institution of choice and/or fandom and pride. Kid gets hurt or leaves? Eh, they’re replaceable or a villain.

Remarkably, the answer seems to be Roy Williams or Coach K condemning the cheaters from some quarters. That they need to be the leaders. I can’t comprehend how naive or stupid that is. If you don’t think either have had “help” along the way in their journey, you might be the stupidest person alive. On top of that, you’ve made them who they are with your placing them on a pedestal for decades. Spare me the self-righteousness now.

It’s time for us as a nation to understand the business of sports and quit the sham of amateurism. It’s time for kids that want to be in sports either as players or in any capacity to be given the tools and resources at young ages to do so. That means money going to them, not just to those around them and the organizations they have to partake in. It’s time to end the NCAA and big college sports. It’s time for real developmental leagues and academies. It’s time to adopt an European model when it comes to youth and sports.

If the end all solution you want is to retain the “amateur model”, then you want the Ivy League model. If not, don’t hold your nose up when the exploited, disadvantaged financially want their cut. And don’t hold your nose when institutions who swim in cash from “amateur sports” cut corners to sustain success. Losing with pride equals losing your job. And who leads the charge? The same middle-aged white journalists aghast at the court case they’re witnessing.