Monthly Archives: February, 2012

Poll of the Day


Be on the look out for a Bracketology Update and then an article on the rise of Northwestern tomorrow.

 

Public Statement


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Bracketology


East

1 Kentucky

16 Stony Brook

8 St. Mary’s

9 California

5 Louisville

12 Miami (FL)/ Texas

4 Indiana

13 Oral Roberts

6 Florida State

11 Connecticut

3 Ohio State

14 Middle Tennessee

7 Kansas State

10 Arizona

2 Marquette

15 Bucknell

Southwest

1 North Carolina

16 LIU Brooklyn/Savannah State

8 BYU

9 Mississippi State

5 Notre Dame

12 Harvard

4 UNLV

13 Drexel

6 Gonzaga

11 Washington

3 Georgetown

14 Nevada

7 San Diego State

10 Iowa State

2 Michigan State

15 Davidson

Midwest

1 Syracuse

16 Texas-Arlington/Mississippi Valley State

8 New Mexico

9 Alabama

5 Creighton

12 Seton Hall

4 Baylor

13 Iona

6 Vanderbilt

11 Southern Miss

3 Michigan

14 Belmont

7 Temple

10 Purdue

2 Missouri

15 Valparaiso

Southeast

1 Kansas

16 UNC-Asheville

8 Virginia

9 Cincinnati

5 Wichita State

12 Northwestern/ Colorado State

4 Florida

13 Long Beach State

6 Murray State

11 West Virginia

3 Wisconsin

14 Akron

7 Memphis

10 Saint Louis

2 Duke

15 Weber State

Last Four In

Miami (FL)

Texas

Northwestern

Colorado State

Last Four Out

South Florida

Saint Joesph’s

Oregon

Xavier

Next Four Out

VCU

UCF

NC State

Dayton

Poll of the Day


Achilles Heel


Walking with a bit of a limp and a boot on his right foot, Trevor Lacey was smiling. A fan in the stands gestured towards him, saying “Great game today. You look like you are having fun.” If possible, Lacey’s smile grew wider before he answered, “Yes sir, I sure am.” Lacey had every reason to be excited after Alabama’s win over Mississippi State in front of an alive Coleman Coliseum. It was a win that has, for the moment, pretty much secured the Tide’s spot in the NCAA tournament.

Trevor Lacey hopes he has a lot more to smile about in the coming weeks.

Of course, nothing about this program was fun just a few weeks ago.

It all started with a four game losing streak that included an uninspiring loss at home against Vanderbilt as well as a loss to last place South Carolina. Then, just when everything seemed a bit better, Tony Mitchell was suspended. Then, JaMychal Green, Trevor Releford, and Andrew Steele were told to go home after an incident in Baton Rouge. All of this accumulated to the Crimson Tide losing to LSU and Florida, and being on the verge of elimination from the NCAA tournament field.

So how, a week and a half later, has everything changed?

Since the two game losing streak, Alabama said goodbye to Tony Mitchell and welcomed back Releford, Steele, and Green. In a game against Tennessee, Releford shined as Alabama began playing tougher defense and dividing up the scoring. Levi Randolph, who had not been very comfortable when it comes to shooting early in SEC play, was starting to take and make baskets. Trevor Lacey and Rodney Cooper were finally living up to their potential. Even Moussa Gueye and Carl Engstrom were making an impact, especially defensively. The Tide is a new team, and it is all because they lost their Achilles Heel.

Yes, I’ll say it. Tony Mitchell was the reason Alabama was in a big funk.

Alabama fans can't deny it: Tony Mitchell is the reason for their mid-season crisis.

In a 69-59 loss to Vanderbilt early in SEC play, Mitchell played 31 minutes and didn’t score a point. Many Alabama fans called his play “uninspired”, and it only got worse up until his suspension. In my opinion, the negative attitude of Mitchell had created a horrible atmosphere around the team. It was definitely the right move by Anthony Grant to suspend his preseason all-SEC forward, who had been averaging over 13 points a game.

Now, Alabama is on a three game wining streak, currently hold fourth place in the SEC, and has two more winnable games to close out the season. Not only that, but they are in prime position for a decent seed in the NCAA tournament. Who knew that losing an Achilles Heel could create such a colossal turnaround.

Audio Post


Gray’s Picks for This Weekend


Top 25

#1 Kentucky over Vanderbilt

#2 Syracuse over Connecticut

#5 Kansas over #3 Missouri

#4 Duke over Virginia Tech

#6 Michigan State over Nebraska

#7 North Carolina over Virginia

#8 Georgetown over Villanova

#9 Ohio State over #15 Wisconsin (Sunday)

#11 Florida over Georgia

#12 Murray State over Tennessee Tech

#13 Michigan over Purdue

#14 Baylor over Oklahoma

#16 Florida State over Miami (FL) (Sunday)

#17 Louisville over Pittsburgh (Sunday)

#18 Notre Dame over St. John’s

#19 Wichita State over Drake

#20 UNLV over Air Force

#21 New Mexico over TCU

#22 Temple over Saint Joseph’s

#23 St. Mary’s over San Francisco

#24 Indiana over Minnesota (Sunday)

Colorado State over #25 San Diego State

Bubble Watch Games

Kansas State over Iowa State

LSU over Ole Miss

NC State over Clemson

Texas over Texas Tech

Seton Hall over Rutgers

Alabama over Mississippi State

VCU over George Mason

Xavier over Richmond

Northwestern over Penn State

South Florida over Cincinnati (Sunday)

Oregon over Oregon State (Sunday)

Poll of the Day


Bracketology Update


Number One Seeds

Kentucky

Syracuse

Kansas

North Carolina

Last Four In

Connecticut

Texas

Northwestern

Colorado State

Last Four Out
NC State
Miami (FL)
South Florida
Oregon
Next Four Out
Xavier
UCF
Minnesota
LSU

Bracketology Update


Number One Seeds

Kentucky

Syracuse

Kansas

North Carolina

Last Four In

Connecticut

Texas

Northwestern

Colorado State

Last Four Out

NC State

Miami (FL)

UCF

Oregon

Next Four Out

Xavier

Minnesota

South Florida

Saint Joseph’s