Thursday, March 3, 2011
Behind The Scoreboard
March is already upon us and the “madness” is not very far behind. As in collegiate football, the basketball teams are desperately jockeying for that final positioning in efforts to make the playoffs and beyond. There have been some tumbles from the top of the ladder’s rung and there have been some recoveries.
It started with Duke and then it was Kansas and/or Ohio State and going into Sunday it was back at Duke. The Blue Devils were on top of the top 25 with a 26-2 mark until they lost to Virginia Tech. Number two Ohio State could have been back depending what the Buckeyes did with Indiana on Sunday. Number three Kansas beat the socks off of Oklahoma to move its record to 27-2. The only other team with such a record was number seven BYU. But it is highly unlikely that BYU would be advanced six slots.
The SEC is mostly conspicuous by its absence. The highest ranked was Florida at 13 (what a number), with Vanderbilt and Kentucky rounding out the tally at 18 and 22. There were some shake-ups in the ranks this past week and weekend with Ole Miss upsetting Alabama (who is on top in the West. I can imagine that Charlie Farris is ecstatic.) Both Florida and Alabama had identical marks at 11-2. Arkansas (who beat Auburn on Saturday) and Ole Miss are vying for that middle spot in the West.
There are those among us who also follow C-USA and SWAC. The Golden Eagles of Hattiesburg’s Southern Miss had been in a three-way tie for the lead until Saturday when the Eagles were downed on a last-second three-pointer by UCF. UTEP really hammered the Tigers of Memphis (which left daughter Veronica and co-worker Linda Jones less than ecstatic, I am sure). UAB polished off Houston which left them in sole possession of the C-USA top spot.
The SWAC top spot is occupied by Texas Southern with a 13-1 record. In second place is Jackson State with a record of 11-4 after their thrashing of long time rival Mississippi Valley State, who is listed as third in the standings.
The Jackson Tigers had stopped at Shoney’s for breakfast on their way to MVSU Saturday morning and there were four Tigers whose height could easily challenge an eight-foot nominal ceiling. I was really surprised that they were not leading the SWAC.
Wonder what Texas Southern players look like?
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