Stuckey--Good show. I agree exactly, except I think The Huskers are in. And as I said, UT won't win two, because The Gators are the Chuck Norris of the SEC.
T-Wreck--Did 10:00 come on time for you?
Stuggling is a good word.
Would Pearl go to IUPUI (pronounced you-ee-poo-ee)?
The steamrolling Vols clearly deserve an invite. If I were on the committee, I'd weight recent games. They'll need to win their first SEC tourney game. If they have to win two, they're outta luck, because they get Flo-Rida second game.
Speaking of The Gators, they spanked UK, no surprise. Only surprise was that The Cats won the second half. Who'd have thought that possible? So there's a glimmer of hope for the BBN. Look for another UK-UF matchup in the SEC finals. Problem for Kentucky in the NCAA's is they don't sustain effort.
Bleacher Report gives odds on winning the SEC tourney. UT is 25-1, UGA is 15-1 and UK is 10-1. All about the matchups.
The XX Vols edged the XX Cats in their SEC finals matchup, 71-70. To get there, UK beat the #5 Lady Cocks by 10. The Lady Cats led The Lady Vols by as much as 10.
But was this misplayed? Down by four, Kentucky guard Jennifer O'Neill was fouled on a three-pointer with less than a second to play. She went to the stripe and calmly sank three FT's. Wasn't she supposed to miss the third one to give her team a chance for a putback?
Still, both UT and UK have good shots at the XX Final Four. Not much chance to win it all.
BiB--Correction to my response to your query yesterday about the XX SEC tourney. The Lady Cats' matchups are Florida, SC, UT (if they get to the final game), so it's a tough road. But I'll repeat my contention that they are good enough to beat anybody. They beat the Lady Vols in Knoxville and #15 ranked A&M in College Station in recent games.
Jay, I read lips fairly well, and I think I know what Frank Martin said to his player. But given your channelling abilities, maybe you could clear the SC coach's name by revealing what he MIGHT have said. And I like your plan of the tournament winner playing the regular season winner for the invite.
T-wreck--Be sure to adjust your clocks forward this weekend so you don't wait one hour more than necessary Monday morning.
True Stone Mountain story: A few years back I flew from The Big Apple to The Big Peach on an airline that had just added that flight. About 30 minutes into the flight the pilot announced that we could look out the windows to the left and see Stone Mountain.
I looked and what I saw was nothing like the distinctive stone face we know and love. And I knew we hadn't been in the air long enough, so I began worrying that our pilot was confused, lost, or otherwise incompetent. So I held my breath.
Then, as we actually did approach the ATL, he again announced that Stone Mountain was visible from our windows. This time it was the old familiar view.
Turns out, I later learned, there are different mountains named Stone in Virginia and Pennsylvania.
Cousy and Spud. Them wuz the days.
Can we now say Saban has lost three in a row?
Mr. Bill--My mind's already off the XY Cats. They will not arise from zombieland. Good news is lots of players come back next year and try to develop into a team.
The UK XX team is a lot like Tennessee's men. Can beat anybody, but not consistent. Their matchup in the SEC tourney is good. They should face SC in the championship game, and will be underdogs but could pull off the upset.
The all-SEC team had 47 players on the first squad, but no Cats. That was wrong, but such teams are not to be taken too seriously. UK's two best are Jennifer O'Neill, who's like Shabazz Napier, a scrappy guard you can go to when it's all on the line, and Danesha Stallworth, a big body who missed some of the season to injury, but is back in full form now.
Word is that the Eagles don't care to have Vick back. Don't think the ATL would want him either. It'd be easier for Pearl to come back to K-town.
Palm's brackets today have four SEC teams, none of which is Tennessee. Lunardi likes UT, but his brackets haven't been updated. The Vols have been smokin' the last two times out, love 17 assists, but their bid comes down to beating Mizzou Saturday.
Little chance UK will win in Gainesville, so The Gators will end up 18-0. Last non-Kentucky team to finish the SEC undefeated was Bama in 1956.
There are no bigger bracket puzzles because everybody's a puzzle.
No offense taken on the Hill to Laettner reference. Duke got a fluke, that's all.
Jim Foster is a good interview, but he's trippin' in thinking the sports-TV complex will give up conference tourneys to qualify for the NCAA's.
Is the 2-point spread Utah State game real? Or did you make that up? Because of UT's massive losses off last year's team, I rate The Vols and The Cats even going into the fall. Heard your take on Press Row that Kentucky is one of the two teams at the SEC bottom (and that Tennessee isn't much ahead of them).
MT--You beat me to it. Has there ever been a cheer anywhere close to as good as that one?
And Wilt's fly was open a lot, too, resulting in lots of scoring.
But no scoring in Knoxville, if our legislators have their way.
Question for Friday: How much better would The Vols be with a Golden point guard?
Yes, The 'Cuse may be the biggest bracket buster, but the term may be almost irrelevant this year, when it's all wide open. Former Caesar's oddsmaker Todd Fuhrman says the difference between the projected #1 is and projected #4 seeds is less than four points. That's 16 teams inseparable by more than one bad bounce and one missed call.
And even when he matches up the top 16 teams with their likely Sweet 16 matchups, the biggest spread is #1 seed Florida 9.5 over #8 seed Stanford. That round has #3 seed Creighton 1.5 over #6 seed Kentucky. Close your eyes and make your picks. A 12 beating a 5 won't be an upset this year. Or even a 13 over a 4.
But the SEC tourney seeds will matter. A lot. As things stand, #4 Tennessee, needing a win or two, will be bracketed with #1 Florida, while #2 Kentucky is bracketed with #3 Georgia.
The situation is reversed on the distaff side. The #4 XX Cats are bracketed with #1 South Carolina, while the #2 XX Vols get the #3 A&M.
In the current XX AP poll, SC is #5, UT is #6, UK is #12, and if you include "others getting votes," UTC is #27. Current seeds, according to Lunardi, are SC a 1, UT a 2, UK a 4, and UTC a 12. And The Lady Vols had a big win over the Lady Cocks Sunday.
Thanks for the mention. I heard Lunardi's sensible take on the numbers over eye test. But I live in a fringe reception area, and early in the show there were two other 105.1 signals drowning out Press Row. Maybe it was atmospheric aberration. Anybody else have that trouble?
Kentucky beat Bama yesterday, but the W wasn't encouraging. UK continued their abysmal shooting, hitting only 32.7%. From three land, The Tide hit 23% and UK only 18%. And though they weren't falling, The Cats kept firing away, a total of 28 threes attempted. That's a sign their dribble drive is defunct. Thought I was watching Tennessee.
King James' mask is awesome. But know this: Wilt had back-to-back 60+ games 11 times. So Lebron can get outta here with his weak stuff.
Stuckey--You know your stuff. But I expect all the tourney to be unpredictable, including the first few rounds. This could be the year a 16 takes down a 1. And it may be, as you said, that we'll have a bunch of really good teams, but there are no great teams. At all.