Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Jan. 29th Bracket Projection

Seeds
EAST
MIDWEST
SOUTH
WEST
1
Virginia
Michigan
Tennessee
Duke
2
Kentucky
Kansas
Michigan State
Gonzaga
3
Purdue
N. Carolina
Marquette
Houston
4
Iowa State
Nevada
Louisville
Texas Tech
5
Wisconsin
Virginia Tech
Maryland
LSU
6
Buffalo
Mississippi State
Cincinnati
Villanova
7
Nebraska
Iowa
Auburn
Oklahoma
8
Mississippi
NC State
Baylor
Washington
9
Indiana
Kansas State
Florida State
Alabama
10
Syracuse
Butler
Texas
Minnesota
11
Temple
TCU
Ohio St. / 
Saint John’s
Arizona State
12
Wofford
Murray State
Loyola-Chicago
Seton Hall / 
UCF
13
Lipscomb
Texas State
Yale
North Texas
14
Hofstra
Radford
Northern Kentucky
South Dakota State
15
Vermont
Rider
Bucknell
New Mexico St.
16
North Carolina A&T /
Robert Morris
Montana
Abilene Christian /
Prairie View A&M
UC Irvine
First Four Out:
Clemson
Creighton
Florida
UNC-Greensboro
Next Four Out:
Providence
Davidson
Belmont
Georgia Tech

Saturday, January 12, 2019

My thoughts on the Arkansas Razorbacks in 2018-19

As a huge fan of college basketball in general, especially one of the Arkansas Razorbacks, I'm here to tell you, Arkansas fans.....learn patience. 

After THREE NCAA Tournament appearance over the span of TWELVE years, Mike Anderson has taken the Hogs to the Big Dance in THREE of the past FOUR years. We have advanced to the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament TWO of those THREE appearances.  

In SEC play, only ONE time has Arkansas finished below .500 (in MA's first year at the helm). In fact, we are 71-54 in SEC play during MA's first seven years - remarkable for any program not named Kentucky. Overall, our record with MA as head coach is 151-85. We've gone 6-4 in the SEC Tournament and made the SEC Tournament Finals twice in four years (made the semis a third time in that stretch). Check out the attached graphic to see where we rank over the past four seasons among SEC teams - far better than many of you are acting like we have been. 

We've had Bobby Portis leave as a junior in 2015 and be drafted in the first round, then Daniel Gafford (sophomore) this year will undoubtedly be a first round pick, should he go to the NBA. We've had a plethora of other players who left early only to not be drafted where they had hoped, but caused us to reset the roster yet again.  
In 2018-19, we have ZERO seniors. We have ONE junior who has seen marginal time (Adrio Bailey). Other than that, we've got two returning sophomores (Daniel Gafford and Gabe Osabuohien) who actually saw minutes last season.  

What I'm saying is, don't be too quick to throw back what we've got. There are now 353 teams in D1 College Basketball and the SEC has become one of the toughest basketball conference top to bottom. We've got a team that is playing hard, learning how to play together, and will eventually return to the success that we're all used to having in basketball in recent seasons.  

It's not easy to sustain success like we've had, but pulling the plug on an accomplished coach with a young team is ridiculous. You aren't going to find a coach who is better than MA on the market. Arkansas is not an appealing destination for coaches. We have a small state who thrives on in-state talent and is expected to face off in the best conference in the nation every single game.  

This fan base has to learn to stop getting unrealistic expectations or we'll never have anything sustainable. Building a top-tier program takes years and we're well on our way to that, but we're going to have years like this of full reload that takes patience to get through. Sure, red flags can go up if they're not playing hard or not getting better, but the LSU team we just took to OT is a damn good team. That Florida team last Wednesday, another solid team. Sorry to burst your bubble, but in a conference like the SEC, you're not going to keep your throne EVERY SINGLE YEAR, like Kentucky used to do with their one-and-done recruits.


Monday, January 7, 2019

January 7th, 2019 Bracket Projection

Hey everyone!
So glad to be able to finally get my first post up and running!
Looking forward to a great stretch run in conference play and a fantastic March Madness, as always!

Seeds
EAST
MIDWEST
SOUTH
WEST
1
Tennessee
Michigan
Duke
Virginia
2
Kansas
Auburn
Michigan State
Gonzaga
3
North Carolina
Oklahoma
Texas Tech
Nevada
4
Florida State
Virginia Tech
Kentucky
Marquette
5
Villanova 
Houston
Ohio State
Indiana
6
Wisconsin
NC State
Nebraska
Mississippi State
7
Seton Hall
Iowa State
LSU
Texas
8
Minnesota
Arizona State
Buffalo
Alabama 
9
UCF
TCU
Maryland
Iowa
10
Clemson
Saint John’s
Purdue
Louisville
11
Kansas State
Cincinnati
Arizona / Temple
Providence / 
Syracuse
12
Furman
North Texas
VCU
Charleston
13
Lipscomb
Belmont
Loyola-Chicago
Stephen F. Austin
14
Stony Brook
Radford
Purdue Fort Wayne
Grand Canyon
15
Penn
Texas State
Northern Kentucky
UC Irvine
16
Saint Francis NY / Lehigh
Northern Colorado
Texas Southern /
NC Central
Rider
First Four Out:
Creighton
Washington
Arkansas
Ole Miss
Next Four Out:
Missouri
Florida
Northwestern
Georgetown