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Old 12-16-2012, 11:50 AM   #106 (permalink)
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Wow, RMU shot 8/8 to start the second half. That includes five 3 point shots made in a row. Duquesne played okay in the first half, except for 15 turnovers. They won the rebounding battle by a ton. It didn't matter though. RMU shot 66% from behind the arc in the second half and Duquesne finished with 25 turnovers. It was a bad night. When a team goes from down 1 at half to down 17 in 4 minutes the game is over. Jim Ferry tried to stop the carnage by calling 2 Time outs before the first media time out but it didnt matter. Velton Jones is an incredible player and needs to get more attention nationally IMO.

If you think A10 officiating is bad, these refs were 10 x worse. If you ever have Donald Eppley, Jim Bruno, John Regan officiating your games you better hope your coach doesn't get on their bad side. Any time Duquesne seemed to get any momentum it was shut down by a ticky tacky foul, or worse by a technical foul for reasons unknown. Wow. Duquesne lost because of turnovers and a great night by RMU, but attending a game that poorly officiating made it extremely frustrating. It was so obvious that once Ferry started respectfully questioning officials about their calls, the officials started calling vindictive fouls. They were trying to keep fouls somewhat even but RMU was playing so much more physically and fouling so much more that it was not fair to have the fouls even. The officials kept looking up at the number of fouls on the scoreboard trying to keep it even. So strange.

Anyways, what a loss! Sorry A10, Robert Morris ain't half bad though. Duquesne #3 in Pittsburgh this year.
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Old 12-16-2012, 11:54 AM   #107 (permalink)
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i think ranking the wins from yesterday would be

1. Butler (beat #1)
2. URI (easily beat 8-1 SMU)
3. VCU (convincing win)
4. Fordham (Good neutral site win)
5. St. Bonnies (impressive butt kicking)
6. UMASS (nice OT game, but should have been easier)
7/8/9 Dayton, SLU, Richmond (all games that should have been blow outs)
I would actually put Fordham second. Every win they get OOC is precious, and when they beat a team with a pulse, it's worthy of celebration.

Would put UMass last. They let a bad, bad team take them to OT at home. If a win can ever be bad, that was a bad win.
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Old 12-16-2012, 12:01 PM   #108 (permalink)
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Every win is sacred. The conference rpi is now currently in the 6th position. But more importantly, the forecast conference rpi (which includes conference play and the advantages that the "power" conferences get of home games OOC) has now slipped past the SEC into 7th place: http://www.rpiforecast.com/confrpi.html

Jumping up further will be tough, as the Big 12 and Pac 12 have decent-sized leads. But this is a huge issue for the number of bids a committee is willing to give a conference. The top 2 or 3 in the A10 will probably have OOC and conference resumes worthy of an at-large, but getting those 4th, 5th, even 6th bids require a high conference ranking, as the committee has said that they do still use individual rpi's averaged across conferences to gauge conference strength. I think this has dinged the A10 in the past, when bubble teams would've otherwise made it in based on record and rpi, but perceived conference strength was too low.
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Would put UMass last. They let a bad, bad team take them to OT at home. If a win can ever be bad, that was a bad win.
You do realize that Dayton has ONE win (UA) over a team with a better current RPI than Elon, right? I don't actually disagree with the point I just can't stand it coming from Weber State losers.
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You do realize that Dayton has ONE win (UA) over a team with a better current RPI than Elon, right? I don't actually disagree with the point I just can't stand it coming from Weber State losers.
So you're just a whiny child who takes everything personal? Got it.

Good lord, this place has become unbearable.
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Elon is an average team, with an average rpi (149). Not a good team, not a bad team. Just an average team. And for some more statistical whining, Dayton SOS = 136, UMass SOS = 27.

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