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Daily Dribble: Duke is Underrated

February 13th, 2007
Davidson

I tend to usually think that the media and the public overrate Duke.. but suddenly the Blue Devils are underrated. Perhaps the most underrated team in the country.

First off, they will make the NCAA Tournament. Lets all just calm down. The #10 Pomeroy, #14 Sagarin, #18 RPI, and #26 AP team will make the NCAA Tournament. If the Tournament started today, not only would they make it, but they'd still probably deserve a 5 or 6 seed.

The ACC is solid. Look at Maryland.. just 4-6 (8th) in conference play, but they'd probably be the 3rd best team in the Big Ten. Look how they beat Illinois in Champaign and Michigan State on a neutral court. There's only a few easy games in the league.. and the problem for Duke is that they don't have the lower tier teams left on the schedule. Only BC, GT, Clemson, Maryland, and UNC left.. and only 2 of those 5 are at home. So going 3-2 or better in those games will be very hard, especially since you figure the game at UNC is basically a guaranteed loss. But I think they'll win the road game at BC, then the home games against Maryland and GT which would put them at 8-8 in the league. That should still be good for a very favorable seed.

Daily Dribble: 2/11

February 11th, 2007
Arizona

Saturday's most important individual performances. Mario Boggan, Chase Budinger, AJ Graves, Roy Hibbert, Dashaun Wood and more..

Poll: Which is the Most Surprising RPI team?

February 11th, 2007
Arizona

Big East 2007: Top Power Forwards

February 5th, 2007
Georgetown

Jeff Adrien, Jeff Green, and Brian Laing are atop Eric Silver's 2007 Big East Power Forward ranking.

Big East 2007: Top Centers

February 2nd, 2007
Pittsburgh

Herbert Hill, Aaron Gray, and Kentrell Gransberry have been the Big East's top big men.

Daily Dribble: 1/30

January 30th, 2007
Villanova

I was definitely surprised at the amount of hits to the site yesterday in regards to the BracketBusters announcement. Sure, some of these are nice games, but I don't necessarily get the hubbub over one game in mid-February as opposed to any other game in February. I guess its the ESPN hype-machine at work?

One of the odd things about this year's event is that almost all the good teams were slated for home games. Assuming home teams have the advantage anyways, this ends up making a lot of these games probable one-sided affairs.

Lets knock off games that mean nothing first: Albany at Boise State, Fullerton at Wright State, ODU at Toledo, Autin Peay at Akron, Kent State at George Mason. I'll also include Ohio at New Mexico State, since the Aggies are about a 100% lock to win so its useless. These 6 games might as well not exist. You'll notice the MAC is involved in 4 of those games. Unfortunately for ESPN's selection process, the MAC is a rather boring 1-bid league this year.

Expert Picks: Week of January 29th

January 29th, 2007
Illinois#9 Pitt at Villanova, Michigan State at Illinois, Texas at Texas Tech, #7 Oregon at #2 UCLA