Monday, April 18, 2011

News On The Horizon 4/18/2011

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Final Four recruiting ripple effect for Butler, VCU?--Yard Barker
Evaluating early-entry decisions--ESPN

To be determined

The Bulldogs will wait for Shelvin Mack to make a decision in the next two weeks. It's quite simple: If Mack returns, no one should doubt Butler's ability to make another Horizon title/NCAA run, even without Matt Howard inside. If Mack stays in the draft, the Horizon League will be wide open.

Your 2011 college basketball bowl game lineup--Card Chronicle

I used the 2010 bowl tie-ins, but switched the BCS conferences up to better represent the college basketball landscape. The swaps were made based on conference size, strength and relevant tie-ins. Keep in mind this isn't based just on the past season (the tie-ins are always set before a football season begins).

For this exercise...

SEC (Football) = Big East
Big 12 (Football) = ACC
Big Ten (Football) = Big Ten
ACC (Football) = Big 12
Pac-10 (Football) = SEC
Big East (Football) = Pac-10

Additionally, I took all of the other conference tie-ins and made them available to all mid-major teams, which I ranked based on the RPI (aka, BCS Formula). Two mid-major teams - BYU and San Diego State - were automatic qualifiers for BCS bowl games based on their top five RPI rankings. This left 20 bowl spots for mid-majors.

If a team from a major conference had a losing record, they were not bowl eligible (Virginia was the only team close at 16-15).

Purdue took the third at-large BCS bid since Ohio State qualified for the national title game and the Rose Bowl needed a Big Ten representative. This left Duke (BCS #4) to claim the fourth at-large bid.

Conference champions were based on final regular season standings, not conference tournament results.

Here's what the 2011 college basketball bowl schedule would have looked like:
March 31

Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl: BUTLER (Mid-Major #11) vs. HARVARD (Mid-Major #12)
April 11

BCS National Championship Game: KANSAS (BCS #1) vs. OHIO STATE (BCS #2)


--Of the 70 bowl participants, 18 - California, Cleveland State, Miami, Northwestern, Boston College, Colorado, Virginia, Harvard, Alabama, Virginia Tech, Nebraska, Minnesota, Missouri State, Saint Mary's, Washington State, Princeton, Baylor, and UTEP - did not qualify for the NCAA Tournament.

--National champion Connecticut is facing Old Dominion in the Liberty Bowl.

--National runner-up Butler is facing Harvard in the Armed Forces Bowl.

--This would have sucked

One spot filled--Gold & Black Illustrated
Six from Louisville named to Kentucky All-Star boys' basketball team--Courier-Journal

Eastern's Remy Abell, Lyonell Gaines, Kameron Woods and Arman Marks were selected to the Kentucky squad that will face Indiana on June 10 in Louisville and June 11 in Indianapolis.

Two new faces for Moser’s reign--Loyola Phoenix

WSU lands junior college guard--Dayton Daily News
WSU lands commitment from junior college guard--Wright State University Sports

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