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Daily Dribble: Final Mid-Major Power Ranking

March 5th, 2007

Its obviously been a while since the last Daily Dribble. I didn't mean to pull a JetBlue and leave you all hanging for a few days.. but the site was down last week and Ive been spending my time getting things running again.

Interesting interpretation of "bench decorum" in Omaha

February 18th, 2007

Am I the only person watching the Drexel/Creighton game tonight that was confused about the emphasis on "bench decorum"? Each head coach, Bruiser Flint of Drexel and Dana Altman of Creighton, was T'd up in this BracketBusters game that the visiting Dragons eventually won 64-58. Altman's technical, in which he was called for being about six inches outside of the coaches box, brought back memories of Dean Smith getting a T for the same offense in the 1991 Final Four. Coach Altman said nothing to the official to warrant this call, just happened to do something that coaches throughout the nation have been doing for years. Drexel went on a run after this, and things seemed to be going well for the Dragons until Coach Flint found himself on the wrong side of the whistle when yelling at his player for a foolish reach-in foul. Jumping into the air and yelling at his guy wouldn't have been a problem (nor should it be) had an official not been right next ot Flint. Luckily for Drexel, they were able to hold on despite some horrific foul shooting (at one point they had missed five straight from the charity stripe).

Daily Dribble: Conference Ranking

January 31st, 2007
In today's Dribble, I'm going to rank the conferences over the last decade. What I did is to take conference RPI numbers since 1999 (I know this only goes back 9 years but it is where the statistics on KenPom.com end), and sort them into a nice little chart. There have been some changes to the conferences over the years, but on the most part things remain the same.  The CUSA has changed the most, and I divided its numbers into two categories, the Old and New CUSA. After 2005, many of the top teams left for the Big East and the quality has obviously dropped since then. Also, the MWC did not exist prior to 2000, but the league was combined with the WAC. Also of note, the Horizon League used to be called the Midwestern Collegiate Conference.. but they are one and the same.

Daily Dribble: 1/30

January 30th, 2007

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.

Poll: Who is the Best Non-BCS Team?

January 25th, 2007