Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Greivis fires back & does 7 wins = 7 wins

Luke Winn has a interesting interview with Greivis Vasquez on SI.com where the sophomore talks about Boris, his Puerto Rican barber, and gives a retort to DeMarcus Nelson. Pretty entertaining stuff.

Over at the Basketball Prospectus John Gasaway points out the Miami may become the RPI test case on Selection Sunday. He has a persuasive argument that Miami may not deserve an NCAA bid unless they beat Clemson tonight despite a lofty RPI ranking. Does a team that lost to Boston College, NC State and Florida State really deserve an NCAA bid over a team like George Mason?

In the one teams's 7-6 is not another team's 7-6 category here is a list of the overall records of ACC opponents for every team in the league.

Team(W-L)Opponent Win %Opponents Record
NC State(4-9)0.56884-64
Florida State(5-8)0.51776-71
Boston College(4-8)0.50776-74
Georgia Tech(4-7)0.50069-69
Wake Forest(6-6)0.48973-76
Virginia Tech(7-6)0.46574-85
North Carolina(11-2)0.46374-86

Please, please stop with the "only two teams that went 9-7 in the ACC were not selected" or even "no 10-6 ACC team has ever been denied a NCAA invite" because those things don't mean anything anymore. With the imbalanced schedule a winning record in the ACC doesn't guarantee anything these days. More and more 9-7 and, yes, even the occasional 10-6 team will be heading for the NIT from the ACC in the coming years.


Anonymous said...

I don't think a 10-6 team from the ACC will not make the tournament, especially when the ACC remains a top 3 RPI conference. This year, it's number 1, and for the committee to snub a 10-6, top 4 team in the ACC, it would be difficult, whether that's a mental thing for them or not.

Esquire said...

I don't think it will happen this year, though if Virginia Tech were to finish 10-6 and lose in the first game of the ACC tournament I do not think they would get in.

A 10-6 ACC team getting snubbed is coming at some point. It is just a matter of when. Syracuse getting left out last season should have sounded the alarm about imbalanced conference schedules and the need to have a good out of conference slate.

More and more 8-8 and 9-7 ACC teams will not get bids. The selection committee has already shown a willingness to give those spots to the George Mason's of the world instead.