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Friday, March 06, 2015

College Hoops Top 25 (3/6)


OK, friends. It's time for this year's penultimate College Hoops Top 25. The tourney is right around the corner, and it's almost time to play for all the Marbs. And I'm here to prepare you to keep your bracket from busting. But before we get to my latest take on the nation's best ballers, a few notes. First, the Patriots' release of Vince Wilfork:

This one's as easy to justify as it is hard to accept. Vince is old and expensive, and though he might still be very productive, that combination makes it advantageous for the Patriots to move on. He'll be greatly missed, both on and off the field. And I'm interested to see how they choose to replace his production. But this is the Patriots in a nutshell. It's all about business, and the best business move, is to release Vince Wilfork. At least that's how they appear to see it, and I'm in no position to question their well established expertise...

Now go give that money to Revis and McCourty. At least to Revis. Thanks...


As for Curt Schilling, and his tweets about his daughter, and his subsequent crusade against Twitter? Well, my views on that aren't nearly as rosy and accepting. Curt's a glory hog and a braggart. We all know this. Hell, it's how he got the nickname "Red Light". Because when the camera's on, he loves to chirp away. No matter how controversial the topic may be. So when he tweeted about his daughter's acceptance of a scholarship, is was far from a surprise. However, when he reacted to several sexuallty explicit tweets as if his daughter had been raped, and tried to take the role of some outraged father and Twitter vigilante, what could have been a productive situation, turned yet again into Curt simply clawing at the spotlight he'd been dragged from kicking and screaming so long ago...

To put my thoughts into better perspective, I'll reference a movie. As is my wont. And Cinema Verite, the HBO movie about America's first family of reality TV, the Loud's, is the film I which to invoke. See, at the end of the film, when the actual Louds are shown doing a post show press tour, matriarch Patricia Loud and TV host Dick Cavett have an interesting back and forth. Loud remarks that she and her family had no idea that the footage shot for their show would be manipulated the way it was, and that the family was totally unprepared for the way they were portrayed to the masses. To which Cavett responded, 'Anyone that works in TV would tell you that you're naive to think that the footage wouldn't be manipulated'. And that's where I'm at with Curt and his Twitter crusade...
Lance, Pat, and Bill Loud on the Dick Cavett Show.

Was it wrong for Teds to send veiled rape threats and derogatory declarations to Curt? Of course it was. But the fact that Curt didn't know any better before he sent that tweet out? The fact that he didn't expect at least some of that shit to happen? Yeah, sorry. I'm just not buying it. Not excusing the Teds, and not saying Curt and his daughter "deserved" any of this (She's a complete innocent. Not her fault that her dad is a huge publicity seeking Ted). But this is the price you often have to pay when, not only you're a celebrity in the public eye, but also if you're someone attempting to share a private moment in a public venue. And the ONLY reason I can think of for someone to want to share a private moment publicly, is if they want to show off. We all do it, I'm not saying I'm above all of this or that all messages like this are inherently selfish. But that's what Curt was doing. Bragging. And the fact that he's outraged that his bragging brought about some negative responses (ie essentially what bragging is supposed to do), just goes to point more towards his ignorance and/or desire to be the center of attention than it does any legitimate fatherly outrage or the massive failings of social media...

You know that's why a lot of people stay OFF of these networks, right Curt? Famous or not. Some people just don't want to expose themselves to the negativity that THEY ALL KNOW IS OUT THERE. Sucks that's the case, but it's true. Because social networks are made of people. And sometimes, people can be dicks. Now, you either need to choose to accept that, and act appropriately. Or get the hell off of my airwaves with your self serving propagandus...

So, yeah. Keep your private moments private, Teds. And you should be good. Unless you're looking to do a talk show tour, in which case tweet away. Oh, and you'll probably want to wish a happy Facebook birthday to someone that doesn't have Facebook, while you're at it. Because, ya know. We were all seriously doubting whether or not you love your grandmother, and were all anxiously awaiting confirmation...

But enough about Teds and their Tedd-ish tendencies, let's talk some hoops! OR at least I'll talk, and you can listen. Yeah, it'll be fun. Trust me...


College Hoops Top 25

1. Kentucky (30-0) 1

2. Duke (27-3) 3

3. Virginia (28-1) 4

4. Arizona (27-3) 7

The first of two Miller-coached teams in the Top 25, Arizona is again peaking at just the right time. They've won 7 straight, 14 of their last 15, and their computer rankings would argue that they're #2 to Kentucky. 85th in assists, 48th in rebounds, 23rd in points, 8th in FG% and 2nd in KenPom's efficiency rankings. That's just a great looking resume. And one that should justifiably have many a bracketeer picking the Wildcats for a deep run...


5. Gonzaga (29-2) 2

I've definitely seen worse loses than Gonzaga's home loss to BYU, but the timing and the venue make it a little more than just a dump in the road. Not much more, but a little. A little that could turn into a lot depending on the Zags performance in the WCC tourney...

6. Wisconsin (27-3) 5

7. Villanova (28-2) 6

8. Wichita St. (27-3) 9

9. Arkansas (24-6) 10

10. Notre Dame (25-5) 12

11. Utah (23-6) 13

12. Oregon (23-8) 16


13. Maryland (25-5) 20

I've been hesitant to give the Terrapins their due, but I'm finally beginning to come around. Dez Wells, Melo Trimble, and Jake Layman make for one of the most formidable 3-man groups this side of Lexington. And their 6 straight wins (one vs Wisconsin) means that they too are playing their best basketball at the most important time of the year...

14. Kansas (24-6) 17

15. Ohio St. (22-8) 24

16. North Carolina (21-9) 14


17. St. John's (21-9) NR

Hey there get on the bandwagon! I know I'm on board. Steve Lavin's boys were always as talented as any other team in the country (minus Kentucky, of course), and now they're finally starting to play like it. And forget having a formiddale 3-some, like the Terps. The Johnnies have FOUR guys that can kill you in Phill Greene IV, D'Angelo Harrison, Sir'Dominic Pointer, and Rysheed Jordan. All of whom average better than 28 minutes and 13 points per game. They struggle at times to stop people, and they're computer numbers are garbage. But talent has a way of rising to the top come March, and it wouldn't surprise me if the Johnnies come to serve as the latest example of that...

18. Northern Iowa (27-3) 8

19. Oklahoma (20-9) 11

20. Baylor (22-8) 18

21. SMU (23-6) 15

22. Dayton (23-6) NR

Fresh off an Elite 8 appearance just a year ago, Archie Miller, younger brother to Arizona's Sean, has his Flyers primed and ready for another run. Granted, they haven't really beaten anyone of consequence on their way to such a lofty record. But they're hot, and they're experienced. And that tends to go a long way come tourney time...

23. Providence (21-9) 23

I had to chuckle when I saw the Friars moved into the Top 25 for the first time all season after week in which they lost to Villanova (for a 2nd time) and beat an 11-18 Marquette team by 11 on the road. Mostly because it doesn't make any sense for them to have risen in the ranks. But mostly because I know that the rise was almost definitely due to a decent chunk of pollsters having seen Kris Dunn and/or LaDontae Henton play for the first time. Freakin' Teds. Tryin' to hoard in on my bandwagon, and whatnot. Well, whatever. Joke's on you. I've already moved on to St. John's, bitches!!! Muaaahahahaha...

24. Michigan St. (20-10) NR

25. Davidson (22-6) NR


just missed: Louisville; West Virginia; San Diego St.; Murray St.; Iowa St.; Texas; Georgetown

dropped: (19) West Virginia; (21) San Diego St.; (22) Louisville; (25) Butler


And that's it for me, Teds. Usually this is where I'd tell you what games to watch this week. But it's conference tourney time. Just flip on the TV, and you should be good to go. So until next time, and the final Top 25 of the season, I good you bid afternoon. Or evening. Or whenever you're reading this. Either way, there's a good chance you're in the bathroom...

Be good...


#BAGSMUNMAN

2 comments:

Josh Astin said...

Loving the fact that you bring Duke up to #2. Concerned about Depth though. I mean if they are going to go far Cook is going to have to play waaaaay above his threshold. Also if I'm hearing you right you have the Johnnies going to National Championship correct???

Brett Ferruccio said...

Winning. I have them winning the National Championship. Unless...

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