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Old 12-08-2016, 08:20 AM   #61 (permalink)
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Poor non-league performance could haunt the Atlantic 10 in March

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Eisenberg is a limp noodle. How in the world can a Dayton loss to Nebraska be an upset when they didnt have their entire starting frontcourt available? -- which Eisenberg readily acknowledged? At best, it was Dayton playing underdog with only voodoo Archie Miller mojo giving us a chance to sneak out a W (which we almost did anyway in having the lead with 16 seconds left). Nebraska should have housed us in that game -- so too St. Mary's. SMC is #3 in the RPI, undefeated, and around Top-10 in the polls -- and still almost beat them minus our two best bigs (and the third that died).

Instead of needling Dayton why they lost, why not ask Nebraska and St. Mary's why it was so close?
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My assistant coach has a house in Malibu, so I stayed there. We had the Clooneys over for dinner. They are not big A10 fans but did agree Watanabe was all finesse.
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Poor non-league performance could haunt the Atlantic 10 in March

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7. Critical weekend for the puzzling Atlantic 10

It's a critical weekend for the A-10, which would struggle to get three teams into the NCAAs if the tournament started today. The league could really use some non-conferences wins -- or, rather, avoid damaging losses. Here's the rundown:

Middle Tennessee at VCU. Middle is no joke. Could be a top-three mid-major team in America this season. VCU has graduated from the mid-major label. This game is going down in Richmond. VCU cannot afford to lose this and still have a viable at-large profile.

Dayton vs. Northwestern. We covered this above, but for as big as it is for NU, Dayton's not clear of resume criticism at this point. The Flyers might wind up, again, as the best team in the league. Dayton will invariably get picked off in conference play a few times, so having the best possible out-of-league record will be huge by proxy to the A-10 teams that garner wins over the Flyers in January and February.

Davidson vs. Kansas. This game is happening in Kansas City. The Jayhawks are a double-digit favorite, but what a chance for Davidson to pick one off here. This would be a mammoth win and one of the bigger upsets of the season if it were to happen. It would be a boon for the league, too. But Carlton Bragg is off suspension for KU, and the Jayhawks haven't lost since opening night. Davidson is 5-3 and looking at its first three-game losing streak since 2013.

St. Bonaventure vs. Niagara. It's not an appealing game, but Bona has put itself in a tough spot already. The non-conference isn't that good, and the team has no more opportunities against would-be tournament competition. So now you just can't afford to lose games like this, and this one's on a neutral in Buffalo.

Texas Tech at Richmond. OK, here's the gotta-have-it game. The Spiders are only 5-3 and haven't beaten anyone even remotely good. A win here doesn't even put them in the top 60 candidates for at-large bids, but it's a start. A small start. Win this, finish up non-league play with road wins over James Madison and Oral Roberts, then finish top five in the A-10 ... maybe you've got a case. But you have to win this game.

Holy Cross at Rhode Island. The Rams can't and won't lose this. But they're they most underrated team in America now because they're 6-4 with four losses to good and/or teams they had to play on the road. They lost to Duke at Mohegan Sun (in Connecticut). They lost on the road to Valpo, Providence and Houston. If URI was truly a top-25 team, it would have won at least one of those, but still, the Rams can win the A-10. They might need to in order to warrant at-large selection, but don't sleep on this team, which has once again been faced with injury concerns.
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7. Critical weekend for the puzzling Atlantic 10

It's a critical weekend for the A-10, which would struggle to get three teams into the NCAAs if the tournament started today. The league could really use some non-conferences wins -- or, rather, avoid damaging losses. Here's the rundown:

Middle Tennessee at VCU. Middle is no joke. Could be a top-three mid-major team in America this season. VCU has graduated from the mid-major label. This game is going down in Richmond. VCU cannot afford to lose this and still have a viable at-large profile.

Dayton vs. Northwestern. We covered this above, but for as big as it is for NU, Dayton's not clear of resume criticism at this point. The Flyers might wind up, again, as the best team in the league. Dayton will invariably get picked off in conference play a few times, so having the best possible out-of-league record will be huge by proxy to the A-10 teams that garner wins over the Flyers in January and February.

Davidson vs. Kansas. This game is happening in Kansas City. The Jayhawks are a double-digit favorite, but what a chance for Davidson to pick one off here. This would be a mammoth win and one of the bigger upsets of the season if it were to happen. It would be a boon for the league, too. But Carlton Bragg is off suspension for KU, and the Jayhawks haven't lost since opening night. Davidson is 5-3 and looking at its first three-game losing streak since 2013.

St. Bonaventure vs. Niagara. It's not an appealing game, but Bona has put itself in a tough spot already. The non-conference isn't that good, and the team has no more opportunities against would-be tournament competition. So now you just can't afford to lose games like this, and this one's on a neutral in Buffalo.

Texas Tech at Richmond. OK, here's the gotta-have-it game. The Spiders are only 5-3 and haven't beaten anyone even remotely good. A win here doesn't even put them in the top 60 candidates for at-large bids, but it's a start. A small start. Win this, finish up non-league play with road wins over James Madison and Oral Roberts, then finish top five in the A-10 ... maybe you've got a case. But you have to win this game.

Holy Cross at Rhode Island. The Rams can't and won't lose this. But they're they most underrated team in America now because they're 6-4 with four losses to good and/or teams they had to play on the road. They lost to Duke at Mohegan Sun (in Connecticut). They lost on the road to Valpo, Providence and Houston. If URI was truly a top-25 team, it would have won at least one of those, but still, the Rams can win the A-10. They might need to in order to warrant at-large selection, but don't sleep on this team, which has once again been faced with injury concerns.
At this point I think Richmond has an extremely small outside shot at an at-large with 22 wins (expected RPI ~60), but they likely need 23+ wins (expected RPI ~40) to have a chance. That would mean winning the rest of the OOC schedule then getting at least 15 conference wins which would almost certainly put them in 1st place in the A10. I don't think Richmond has a shot at an at-large without finishing 1st in the A10, top 5 is not going to be good enough.

At his point I think we get 3 bids. The most likely candidates are Dayton, URI and VCU with the Bonnies and Davidson in the mix as well.
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A top heavy league will be necessary if we want any more than three bids. In addition to the teams mm4cc listed, I'd toss in GW as a team that could definitely play its way into the NCAA conversation if it performs well in league play.
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Are you saying the Spiders should lose some more games to help the Bonas' chances for a bid?

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Wait until tomorrow when Umass drops a clunker against Kennesaw St. in front of 35 people (give or take 10).
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Tomorrow is make it or break it day for the conference.

There are a few A10 wins that are TBD. Would help significantly if a couple break our way with strong conference showings.

Davidson - Arizona State
GW - Temple, UCF
UMass - Temple
George Mason - UNI
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Tomorrow is make it or break it day for the conference.

There are a few A10 wins that are TBD. Would help significantly if a couple break our way with strong conference showings.

Davidson - Arizona State
GW - Temple, UCF
UMass - Temple
George Mason - UNI
VCU - LSU
Rhody beat a ranked Cincinnati team. Dayton beat Bama. I also believe a road win against ODU is helpful too. It will all come out in the wash as we see who does what in conference play.
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One of the guys I've enjoyed following is the KPI guy. His math formula is different than the RPI, but as the year wears on the numbers tend to get closer to each other.
He has done a pretty good job of picking the field, sometimes being the best at it. And of course it's the last 4 or 5 teams that always cause the problems. And apparently the committee uses his statistics along with a few others.

Here is his current listing. Being around 60 is a dangerous place to be (VCU and Davidson), and it's interesting that his scoring has Rhody so far behind. Just something to watch as we go along.

Whatever happens, we haven't done a very good job with JP's formula to maximize bids this year. (Particularly the Spiders who have lost 4 games by single digits).

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One of the guys I've enjoyed following is the KPI guy. His math formula is different than the RPI, but as the year wears on the numbers tend to get closer to each other.
He has done a pretty good job of picking the field, sometimes being the best at it. And of course it's the last 4 or 5 teams that always cause the problems. And apparently the committee uses his statistics along with a few others.

Here is his current listing. Being around 60 is a dangerous place to be (VCU and Davidson), and it's interesting that his scoring has Rhody so far behind. Just something to watch as we go along.

Whatever happens, we haven't done a very good job with JP's formula to maximize bids this year. (Particularly the Spiders who have lost 4 games by single digits).

http://www.kpisports.net/d-i_mbb/201...-kpi-rankings/
Yeah, I think he correctly had the Bonnies in the field last year.
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Are you saying the Spiders should lose some more games to help the Bonas' chances for a bid?

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If Bona was able to wire transfer every last dollar of its endowment, it would represent a 3% increase to that of AH Robins University.

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