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Please give Missouri a better rivalry opponent than South Carolina. I could accept Texas A&M although it would do nothing to move the needle but any of Ole Miss, Tennessee, Vandy or Kentucky would be good for our 3rd. South Carolina and Mississippi St would be my last choices if ranking...
9 months ago on Dos, Don’ts And Should Have Dones From The SEC Meetings (Part Two)
I still think the math you are using is misleading. 15 teams ranked between 40-49 make the NCAA tourney in the last 3 years. That's a total of 30 teams (assuming none of them claimed an at-large bid), so 15 out of 30 teams (or 50%) make it. For teams 50-59, it is 11 out of 30 (or 35%). Only 3 of 30 (10%) ranked in the 60s get in. So the number aren't terrible, but the situation this year is not looking good. MU's peripheral numbers aren't good and they are trending wrong. The way the bracket plays out the winner of Tennesse-Arkansas will get in and the loser is likely out--Arkansas has little chance with a loss, Tennessee would still have a shot. I think Georgia or LSU COULD make a run but probably need someone to beat Florida before the finals.
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Two Teams In, 12 Remaining SEC Teams Battling For One Bid (Probably)
For teams ranked between 50-59, the odds would be 11 out of 30 or about 35%. Not great but not nearly as low as the 10% you suggested.
1 year ago on The SEC Might Land 3 In The NCAA Tourney, But Only 2 Deserve To Go
I don't disagree with overall point that SEC basketball is bad nor that only 2 teams clearly deserve to make the NCAA tournament. I'm not sure about the line that 'at best' two teams deserve to make it. That implies the league would be lucky to get 2 and in fact, 2 teams would make a 32 team field let alone a 68 team field. So that sentence was awkward and misleading.
I also think the math about 10% of teams with RPI ratings between 40-49 make the NCAA field is flawed. There are only ten teams each year ranked in those spots (by definition) so only 30 teams could potentially make the field. So really it is 15 out of 30 teams (or 50%) that make the field. The odds are probably better than that because some of the teams ranked between 40-49 would have received an automatic bid and thus not been eligible for an at-large spot.
So your conclusions are accurate but the math you used to get there is WAY off.
The big question is what will next year's format look like? Double byes? Everyone but the top 2 seeds get bye's? Tourney starts on Wednesday? The last seems a given but the format still seems up in the air. Very curious to see what they come up with.
3 years ago on If The SEC Tourney Started Today, Here's How The Bracket Would Look
As a Missouri fan, I have been wondering when talk would turn to the future basketball layout. I have some strong opinions on it, I think the league should go to 18 games and should not go back to east-west divisions. I think each school should play everybody once and then have 5 return games. Each school should have a couple or three rivalry games and then the other 2-3 would alternate year to year. Missouri should be playing Arkansas home and home every year in basketball. Somehow we are not playing them in football at all, it would be beyond silly if this wasn't corrected for basketball.
Another question, what format will the future SEC basketball tournament take? Will all 14 teams go to the tournament? If so, will another day be added? I'm really curious what they come up with because 14 is an awkward number for a basketball tournament but I doubt they will want to not have everyone participate.
3 years, 1 month ago on Calipari Not A Fan Of An 18-Game League Schedule