March 19, 2013 at 8:55 pm #9869
Want some encouraging reading material in the run-up to tonight’s game?
You can call it sour grapes, but Boise State was in (and bracketologists who look at the RPI had them in), and Maryland was out, because of the funny math at the bottom of the RPI.
If you look at the teams ranked outside the Top 200 in the RPI, the Mountain West appeared to play a much tougher schedule. Their nine members combined to play 37 such teams (4.1 per team). The ACC, meanwhile, played 62 teams outside the RPI top 200 (5.17 games against weak opponents). Appeared, because the RPI doesn’t include games against non-Division I schools. The ACC only played one such excluded game (and that was North Carolina vs. Chaminade in the tournament in Hawaii). The Mountain West played fourteen!
If you add those games in, then the Mountain West teams averaged 5.67 games against teams outside the RPI top 200, and the ACC averaged 5.25.
If you think that is just funny math and will have no impact, think again. Let’s compare Maryland to Boise State, and also throw in Oregon. There is some thought that Oregon got screwed (yes, they did), but it wasn’t because of an East Coast Bias. It was a RPI bias. Oregon got seeded where the RPI dictated.
If you go by the RPI formula, Boise State played four weak non-conference opponents, and Maryland and Oregon each played six. Neither Maryland or Oregon played any non-Division I opponents. Boise State also played Corban and Walla Walla. I kid you not. They beat them by 56 and 67. Those results did not sink Boise State (nor should they, because that would make no sense).
Maryland playing Maryland Eastern Shore and South Carolina State, though, sunk Maryland. Oregon playing Idaho State and Portland State nearly did them in, and apparently meant they needed to win the Pac-12.
Two of Idaho’s wins? Western State and Panhandle State.
Here’s something else. Idaho is one of the worst rebounding teams in the country, ranked 342nd. Holden, Gabe and Goldy could have a rebound party underneath with Idaho’s 6’7 and 6’8 rebounding combo. They are actually taller than them!March 19, 2013 at 10:12 pm #9870
Will it become be a “3 on 3 game” tonight?
MM/HG/GK vs. Gilmore/Nance/Washington
Gilmore Sr. G., Number 1, 5’10
Nance So. F., Number 22, 6’8″
Washington Sr. (USC Transfer), Number 0, 6’7″
Washington has been hampered lately by an ankle injury and back pains. Missed two the team’s 30 games. Over the last three, his minutes and production have dropped to 22 mpg, 9ppg and 4 rpg. His season long numbers are: 30 mpg, 14ppg and 7rpg. Assume he’ll draw Holden.
Gilmore/Nance Combo. Over the last three they have taken 50% (69 of 138) of the team’s FGAs and put up impressive numbers. Gilmore, their 3pt. specialist with 200 attempts on the year and 10 in their last game (.368 hit rate) sports these 3-game numbers: 14.3ppg and 5.1rpg. Nance, at the “5”, has turned it up over the last three averaging: 16.3ppg and 6.3rpg. All this and 35-40 minutes per game! I guess altitude doesn’t bother them. Assume Gabe on Nance and, of course, Mackey on Gilmore.
Very concerned over our short bench and how we adjust not only to altitude but the expected slow pace of play. Then again, maybe we’ll attempt to ramp it up and establish the pace of play.
Less than 3 hours to go!March 20, 2013 at 12:47 am #9872
My thinking on this has changed – I’m with 90 now. If we beat a team or two with a better RPI, that’s good for the program. And if it’s a “reward” for the guys, that’s cool too.March 20, 2013 at 1:46 am #9873
The fact that Wyoming is 8/9 from 3 so far in the first half, and we are only down 1 is amazing. They have to cool off.March 20, 2013 at 1:52 am #9874
Up 1 at half 36-35. Wyoming 8-10 from deep in the first. Gabe playing like he doesn’t want this to be his last game. AD found his game that he clearly had lost in Easton.March 20, 2013 at 2:30 am #9875
Lets win this thing…close game so far Anthoup stepping upMarch 20, 2013 at 2:40 am #9876
Up 5, under 6 1/2 to play. CBI action, you gotta love it.March 20, 2013 at 2:44 am #9877
Under 3, still up 5. Had them staggered, but haven’t been able to land the knockout blow.March 20, 2013 at 2:52 am #9878
Please don’t blow this. Ice cold down the stretch. Can’t buy a bucket.March 20, 2013 at 2:56 am #9879
OMG. Maybe we shouldn’t have gone to Wyoming. Ouch.March 20, 2013 at 3:13 am #9880
ughhhhhhhh no commentMarch 20, 2013 at 2:37 pm #9881
What a heartbreaker. A tough way for the best class in Lehigh men’s basketball history to go out. Almost 12 hours later and it doesn’t taste any better.March 20, 2013 at 3:26 pm #9882
A frustrating end to a frustrating season. Tough loss but we folded at the end. Could not buy a basket or stop the 3. Their 3pt shooting killed us. Did we overachieve, given the injuries? A season with lofty hopes . Normally, I would be happy with a 20 win season. Not so much this yr. This loss together w our showing in PL tourney leaves a sour taste . Sad for our seniors to go out so badly. For now and a while yet will be hard to give them the accolades they richly deserve for the best yrs of LU basketball. This game did nothing but diminish their achievements.March 20, 2013 at 3:33 pm #9884
And, to add to the heartbreak we hear from Bethlehem……….
I’m sorry I let you guys down
It’s been a tremendous joy to watch this team over the year and, of course, the last four. I wish the departing players -many of whom I’ve grown to know – nothing but success on and off the court. They’re good men and soon to be fellow alums.
As for the returning players and coaches, you can count on my undying support.March 20, 2013 at 3:40 pm #9885
Damn, truly a heartbreaking note. As frustrated as I may be, I just feel terrible for the team ,especially the seniors. BJ has faced and overcome so much,so sad that it ended this way.
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