While I dislike drawing sweeping conclusions over small sample sizes, I find it hard to get away from talk about how certain conferences are performing in the NCAA Tournament. Each year, it seems that trends develop within leagues that have at least four teams in the field. This year is no different. So which conferences are having the best performances so far?
Round of 64
Thursday and Friday were marked with intra-conference trends. Here’s a look at my Conference Power Rankings as they stood after Friday night and a quick description on each.
The Super Bowl is over a week in our rear-view mirror, so by now, you’ve seen all the bracket projections, conference races, and AP rankings you can handle. But what you really want to know is who’s going to cut down the nets in Atlanta. We’ll count down from 30, and these rankings won’t be which teams are playing the best right now, who’s the hottest, or who has the best resumes.
This a gut-feel list of who we’d bet on to win the National Championship – whether it be talent, coaching, team makeup, or any other reason we feel plays a role. In Part I, we started at 30 and went through 9. In this installment, we’ll give a rundown of our “Elite Eight” and some more in-depth info on those teams.
Earlier today, I went on 810am Orlando CBS Radio and discussed college hoops. Among the topics were the “State” of Florida basketball (see what we did there), the Bubble, and my favorites for the National Championship. I come on around the 0:50 mark after a very nice intro from Tony Comas.
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As January moves into February, you’ll begin hearing proclamations about the NCAA Tournament prospects of various teams. But will every team that’s hot right now make a run through the bracket? Will teams that seem mediocre now end up fighting for bubble spots and not making an impact? I’m here to sort those things out for you.
You may know from reading here previously that I’m big on the gambling side of sports. I enjoy examining odds, and sometimes, I like creating my own. These “odds” below will not only discuss College Hoop from a prop bets perspective but will also serve as a Cliff’s Notes of sorts to catch up those of you lagging behind on the College Basketball season.
NCAA Tourney Teams from the SEC (+0.5) vs NCAA Tourney Teams from the Atlantic 10
The SEC is down this year. From that link:
The SEC (has) the same amount of schools in the top 50 of the RPI as the West Coast Conference. The WCC has No. 5 Gonzaga and No. 33 BYU. The SEC has No. 12 Florida and No. 20 Missouri. That’s it.
The A10, however, is up. New participants VCU and Butler have made the leap seamlessly and appear to be near-locks for the Big Dance. Throw in a talented-but-yet-to-put-it-all-together St. Joe’s team, a Temple team with a neutral site win over likely top-3 seed-line team Syracuse, and a Saint Louis team playing in memory of their late coach Rick Majerus, and the A10 means business. Don’t count out Dayton or LaSalle, either.