With Apologies to 100% Injury Rate…
Arkansas will you make the final four? In the wacky uniforms with the pigs and horns?
And did I hear you say you made the bubble watch today? With the home crowd, yelling, hoo pig sooey.
Arkansas Razorbacks (18-9, 7-6)
vs. Top 25: 0-1
vs. Top 50: 4-3
Quality Wins: Virginia Commonwealth, @ Baylor, Mississippi State, Mississippi, Florida
Bad Losses: @ Providence, Appalachian State, South Carolina, @ Georgia, @ Alabama
The road is fucking hard. The road is fucking tough. There’s no question that, it don’t take no guff. And flat out, it is the reason why the Razorbacks are in some semblance of bubble trouble. There’s no excuse for losing to Georgia or Alabama in hoop. None.
Remaining Games: vs. Vanderbilt, @ Mississippi, vs. Auburn
Vanderbilt is a challenge, but they are not as unbeatable on the road. Mississippi is free-falling. And if they lose to Auburn at home they don’t deserve a berth in the big dance. Beating Vanderbilt gets them in. The other two wins aren’t enough on their own.
Record: 21-11 (10-8) Out in SEC Quarterfinals
Last 12 Games: 6-6
Are they In? Yeah. But they are rather unsexy about it.
YAY! Grape Soda!
Oh Ernest! You can steal my fries as long you don’t touch my Braum’s Chocolate Malt!
Liking Ernest is liking America!
We here at the Grand National Championships enjoy the athletic works that reside within the Mountaineer State. And as we continue to ease on down the road to March Madness, it is only fair that we consider adding the West Virginia Mountaineers into our bubble watching.
And so we shall…
West Virginia Mountaineers (18-8, 8-6)
vs. Top 25: 1-4
vs. Top 50: 2-7
Quality Wins: Marquette, Syracuse
Bad Losses: None.
Bob Huggins has this team in fine shape. A good record in a power conference. No indefensible losses. And if Marquette can beat Georgetown? That win becomes all the more signature.
This is a schedule built for 3-1. Don’t forget that Pittsburgh got a little bit of home cooking on their way to beating the Mountaineers on Feburary 7th. Bob Huggins won’t let them get upset either. 21-9 and 11-7 insulates them against an early round Conference Tournament upset.
Record: 22-10, 12-8, Out in Round 2 of the Conference Tournament
Last 10 Games: 8-4
Are they In? Yes.
In the 1990’s, the Atlantic 10 was what the Missouri Valley Conference is today. The chic mid-major conference. And who was at the forefront? The UMass Minutemen. Led by John Calipari and the immortal Marcus Camby, they were the dominant force in mid-major entertainment.
Now a decade later, how are they? Let’s find out.
UMass Minutemen (18-9, 7-6)
vs. Top 25: 0-2
vs. Top 50: 2-4
Quality Wins: @ Syracuse, Rhode Island (2), @ Dayton
Bad Losses: @ St. Louis, @ Northern Iowa, Fordham
Another mid-major of inconsistent play. They can go into the Carrier Dome and take out the Orangemen, and yet the Fordham Rams can take them down at home. Only now have they righted themselves and are seeming to go on a little bit of a run.
Are they In? If they want an at-large berth, they better not lose to George Washington or Richmond. They’ve done enough, if they hold serve.
They were long left for dead. Expected to be one of the pantheon of the mid-majors. The Salukis were one of the disappointments of the first few months of this season. But when a struggling team gets the duke vs. a highly regarded opponent, the momentum can switch in the blink of an eye.
Now? The Salukis are back in the conversation. But how far can they really go?
Southern Illinois Salukis (17-12, 11-6)
vs. Top 25: 1-3
vs. Top 50: 3-5
Quality Wins: Mississippi State, St. Mary’s, Drake, Creighton, Western Kentucky
Bad Losses: @ St. Louis, @ Western Michigan, @ Missouri State, @ Northern Iowa
The resume of a schizophrenic team. The non-conference schedule was rather tough and they got wounded because of it. As you can see, this is a team that has handled the cream of the mid-major crop (only an A.J. Graves buzzer beater was able to save Butler from being just another victim.) But they got handled by several teams that had no business giving them the business.
Record: 20-13, 14-7, Out in MVC Finals
Last 10 Games: 9-3
Are they In? If they hit my projection, absolutely. They will have five wins deemed quality in their last 12.
If you have achieved a certain level of fame? You will be approached to run for office. It does not matter when, it does not matter where, if you did something major. You will be approached to run for something.
The leadership in both parties? They are starfuckers like the rest of us.
This is where the election in the Missouri 9th Congressional District comes in. Republican Matt Blunt is retiring as Missouri’s governor. And the representative from the 9th, Republican Kenny Hulshof, is the man that’s handpicked to take his place.
But who takes Kenny Hulshof’s place?
That’s Brock Olivo. He was a legend in the mid-1990’s for the University of Missouri. A good player on a bad team. Also, a white running back.
This man has been tabbed as the Republican front-runner to pick up the open seat. This is not where the problem lies. Athletes have served ably in political office for several decades, and most of them have been Conservatives.
Here’s where it starts to go bad.
Now, an excellent Civics teacher can imbue someone with the lifelong passion for politics, and the fact of the matter is you can’t really say if he’s volunteered or done some work for a campaign. After all, the rumor is that Roy Blunt courted this man personally to run for the 9th. And a Blunt is to Missouri what a Daley is to Chicago, so there has to be something to this man’s candidacy, right?
The Republican platform is easy. Islamofacists? Bad. The Gays? Worse. Troops fighting Evil? Support it. Tax Cuts? Awesome.
My personal opinion does not matter on this, I can’t vote for the guy, he can be Tom Coburn Arch-Conservative for all I care. But right now, he’s nothing more than an ex-Special Teams ace in an empty suit. Oh? And about that political passion thing?
Reached today, Olivo confirmed that he has never cast a ballot, in Missouri or anywhere else.
“I’m a recovered apathetic,” Olivo, 31, said, adding that “I am first to admit that I was wrong.”
Apparently, he did not learn the greatest lesson of all in Social Studies class. That when you vote, you can change the world. But maybe I’m being unfair. After all, this is Brock Olivo’s first lie as a political candidate. He just might have a future in this thing.
Check him out in action. Tell me he can’t emerge as a Congressman.
If you are one who believes in weird connections, then the first bubble watch of the day comes from an inability to feed one’s family. Because that is what ended Latrell Spreewell’s career. And as we all know, he choked P.J. Carliesimo. P.J. made his bones off of a miracle run to the NCAA title game, coaching…
Yeah. Do the bull dance. Feel the flow.
Seton Hall Pirates (16-11, 6-8)
vs. Top 25: 1-6
vs. Top 50: 1-8
Quality Wins: Louisville
Bad Losses: @ Penn State
Bobby Gonzalez has not had continued good sex in the Big East. A five game winning streak has now been matched by a bad five game losing streak. If it was not for the healing powers of DePaul? They’d be off the bubble entirely. Bad days in Jersey.
Remaining Games: @ USF, @ St. Johns, Syracuse, Rutgers
The Good News? Beating Syracuse and holding serve means they get to 20 and 10 in the win columns. The bad news? That RPI number is not likely to be helped without some conference tournament success. Put it this way? West Virginia could end up with the exact same record, and nobody would consider Seton Hall their equal.
Record: 21-12, 11-9, Out in Round 2 of the Conference Tournament
Last 10 Games: 6-6
Are they In? No. The Hall is voted most likely to be bounced for an at-large mid-major. Show me Drake?
If you watched Saturday Night Live on saturday, and I really hope you didn’t. Then you know that Fred Armisen played Barack Obama and it was horrible. It was beyond horrible it was one of the worst impersonations I’ve ever seen.
Thankfully there is a cure. Jordan Carlos!
WATCH AND VOTE!