Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Basketball Marathon

We're in the middle of a College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon for you ESPN addicts. I can't imagine having to play a game at 6 in the morning, but I guess the chance to play on national TV is a decent reward for some of these schools.

A couple really good games on right now. Hofstra looks to take down Connecticut with six minutes remaining, Gonzaga has an early lead on Michigan State, and UNC-Ashville is staying tight with Tennessee... oh, nevermind.

I'll cheer for the underdog. Come on Pride!


Unknown said...

Cheering for underdogs is all good and well, but a Gtown loss to Hofstra not only hurts the nation's perception of the Big East but lowers our conference RPI.

So as much as I would love to see some of our perennial rivals go down in non-conference, it really isn't in our best interest.

I also had to cringe when I watched UCLA waste chance after chance in double OT against Cal-State Fullerton. That was supposed to be our marquee non-conference game...

BlackandGreen said...

Very good points. I assume you meant UCONN losing to Hofstra. Georgetown did fight off Temple in the final seconds yesterday, too.

For a team like Georgetown, and any other Big East squad that could conceivably finish in the middle of the pack, an early nonconference loss could help out Notre Dame in the long run. This conference has been perceived to be down by most analysts already (to 3rd or 4th toughest in the nation), yet we're still predicted to get 7-8 tournament bids. The key is how the Irish stack up against the other teams in the top half of the Big East.

Of course, both viewpoints have their merits and neither is of real importance if this team does not take care of business in conference play.