Saturday, March 04, 2006

Ronler Madness 2k6 is HERE! Finally.....

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As far as who's in and who's out, it's still a little too early to say for sure. But teams like Syracuse, for example, don't deserve to be in the BIG DANCE. You have to demonstrate on the court that you're worthy. Losing by ~ 40 points on the road at Depaul in the Horizon is not a good case. I think Colorado and Maryland are in a similar boat. There are too many good basketball teams across the land who are worthy of a spot, both from power conferences like the BIG 10 and BIG EAST, and from conferences like the MVC. I submit that Bradley should be a player in the BIG DANCE especially if they make some noise in that conference tourney. Teams like UAB, A&M, and Florida State really haven't had a great year - but recent signature wins can't hurt either. Again, it all comes down to the following four questions for me:

1) Who'd you play?
2) When did you play them?
3) Who'd you beat?
4) Are you playing good ball heading into the MADNESS?

When you measure against this set of questions, I say the BIG-10 gets 7 teams into the DANCE: ILLINOIS, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Michigan, Michigan State, Iowa, and Indiana. Is there a tougher conference this year in the land? I think not, especially on the road. The RPI speaks volumes, but so does a 72% home - court winning advantage in this league. The next closest is the BIG -12 at 66% (34% of the time the road team wins in conference play).

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