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SEC Spring Meetings: Thumbs Up…Thumbs Down?

Mayo:  The SEC announced this week that they would be cutting the cord on their previous divisional set up within the conference this coming season.


The divisional set up was clearly done for the purposes of the football season, as there has to be a way to decide who will play for the conference championship. Basketball, on the other hand, has conference tournaments to decide that. Go figure.

A divisional set up simply does not make sense for a college basketball conference, which is why the SEC was the last to make the change. All it did was screw up the seeding of the conference tournament. You would have teams playing each other in the first round that really shouldn’t have faced off until the semifinals, potentially. That is a product of the divisions not being equal, as well. Last season, five teams from the SEC East received bids to the NCAA Tournament. The West? A goose egg.

Really, the only question is why it took so long for this change to be made. I’ll toss it to Giblin for his analysis on the move and how it shapes things in the SEC going forward.

Giblin: First, Florida coach Billy Donovan suggested the conference tournament be seeded by RPI.Huh? How did this guy win 2 National Championships? Yes, Billy. Let’s seed the tournament based off of computer ratings which has been a flawless system for college football and gone over so well with the media and fans. Idiot.

Seeding based off the RPI? Shut up Billy and start working on your end of game strategies.

Like Mayo said, why did it take this long? There’s a reason the other BCS conferences don’t have divisions – it’s stupid. Take a look at the Southeastern Conference’s standings from this past year. The SEC East was a lot better than the West last year going 27-9 against them in head to head competition. The unbalanced schedule led to two undeserving teams getting byes in a pretty competitive SEC tournament. That isn’t right. Have every other team face each other once, play a couple of rivals home-and-home every year. The other match-ups rotate on a yearly basis. Seed the tournament on overall conference standings. It’s not perfect but it’s better than what they have.

But Mayo, have you heard that the SEC is contemplating increasing their schedule from 16 games to 18, or potentially 22? That’s leave the schools with about ten out-of-conference games a year. Wouldn’t it be almost impossible to get a true gauge of how good the conference is? Seven or eight of the ten games would be cupcakes, so we’d be looking at three out-of-conference games to judge most of the schools on. 22 seems like a bit too much.

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Interview with BT Powerhouse: 2011 ACC-B1G Challenge Projected Pairings

With the upcoming ACC-B1G Challenge’s  pairings to be announced this week, we decided to interview SB Nation’s Big Ten Basketball blog, BT Powerhouse. We wanted to do a quick overview of the event and our wish list for potential matchups, but wanted to get a B1G’s perspective. Our questions and their answers below.

Our answers to their questions are HERE.

Every Month March : After the ACC won the first ten Challenges, the Big Ten has broken through these past 2 years and taken the title. Why did it take so long for the Big Ten to break through? The Big Ten’s had some great teams in the early part of the decade so was it just bad luck and tough matchups? Did the ACC expansion and recent coaching turnover help break the trend these past couple of years?

BT Powerhouse : The Big Ten has always had a tough time with the ACC. The Big Ten has been thrown in tough match ups year in and year out. It is true that the Big Ten has some great teams early in the decade but, the rest of the Big Ten wasn’t great. In the last couple years it has been that case in the ACC, there are a couple great teams and the rest of the ACC is weak. The ACC and Big Ten swapped places in that retrospect the last two years.

EMM : Looking ahead to next year’s potential matchups, what would your top couple of dream matchups be? Put yourself in charge of the schedule. No rotating schedules. No rules or restrictions. You choose who, what, when, where, etc. Anything goes.

BTP : Next year, my two dream match ups would be North Carolina at Ohio State and Duke at Purdue. North Carolina at Ohio State would be interesting because they are two young teams who are very much on the rise. It would be definitely be a show. I would also like to see Duke at Purdue because Purdue has had a history of getting beat by Duke as of late. It seems like Duke knocks them out every time they play. With Purdue’s Robbie Hummel finally coming back to the hardwood, it would be interesting to see him take out his anger on Duke one more time on his home floor as he would try one last time to beat the Blue Devils.

EMM :  What would be the best individual matchups to watch next year in perfect Challenge? Jared Sullinger going up against the Carolina front court has to be on the top of your list right?

BTP : Jared Sullinger against the UNC front court is at the top of my list. It would be interesting to see what Jared Sullinger could do against them. Also, I would like to see how a Big Ten defense handles that UNC front court. My other top individual match up would be Purdue’s Robbie Hummel against Duke’s Plumlee twins.

Sullinger against the Carolina frontcourt would be must-see TV.

EMM : The other BCS conferences all piggybacked off the Challenge and created their own versions. If you had to replace the ACC as the Big Ten’s counterpart for the next 10 years, which conference would you choose and why?

BTP : I would pick the Big East because Big Ten fans are always given a hard time by Big East fans. The last couple years the Big Ten has been expected to be the best conference in the country at the beginning of the year and the Big East has overtaken us, as far as rankings go. To see us finally battle it out for a true champion, would be a sight.

EMM : Last one, give us your prediction of what the pairings will be? And give us a waaaaaaay too early prediction for each matchup?

**Update**- I didn’t see that the B1G released the home teams a month ago. Michigan and Indiana will be on the road again while Nebraska and Minnesota will have home games. Sorry for the mistake.



B1G Home Games

Boston College at Iowa, B1G Win

Duke at Ohio State, B1G Win

Wake Forest at Michigan, B1G Win

Virginia Tech at Michigan State, B1G Win

Florida State at Purdue, B1G Win

Clemson at Indiana, B1G Win

ACC Home Games

Nebraska at Georgia Tech, ACC Win

Wisconsin at North Carolina, ACC Win

Minnesota at NC State, ACC Win

Illinois at Maryland, B1G Win

Northwestern at Miami, ACC Win

Penn State at Virginia, ACC Win

B1G Wins 7-5

EMM: Big thanks to BT Powerhouse! We’re already looking forward to next year’s Challenge.

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Rising and Falling

It’s that time of year. Things are slowing down a bit in college basketball news, as we wait to hear the official word from kids on whether they are NBA-bound or returning to school. Most coach-less programs are getting guys hired, and soon, things will start to take shape for the 2011-2012 season. So let’s take a look at whose stock is rising and whose is falling in the ACC at this point.

Stock Rising

North Carolina

Is this a surprise to anyone? How many teams in the last five years can say that their three best players, regardless of age, who were surefire first-round picks are going to be returning to school? Roy Williams’ group is already an odds-on favorite to win it all next year, and it’s easy to see why. UNC’s last two championship teams have each had a “big three.” In ’05 it was Felton, McCants, and May. In ’09 it was Hansbrough, Lawson, and Ellington. Could Harrison Barnes, John Henson, and Tyler Zeller be the next big three to win it all for the Dean Domers? Don’t forget about Kendall Marshall, either. Wow, stacked…

Duke Incoming Freshmen Guards

With Kyrie Irving’s departure to the NBA after just one, abbreviated year under Coach K, get ready to hear Austin Rivers’ and Quinn Cook’s name quite a bit. Rivers is the headliner, as he is rated the number one recruit in his class by many recruiting services, but Cook is also going to play a big role in Duke’s backcourt next year  as the floor general and distributor. Duke’s team will be young next year but they won’t be lacking talent.

New Coaches

When you are replacing the likes of Sidney Lowe and Paul Hewitt, you really have nowhere to go but up. Brian Gregory proved himself at Dayton and now has the duty of basically starting at ground-zero with Georgia Tech–similar situation with new NC State coach Mike Gottfried. If there was ever a time to be a new head coach in the ACC, this would be it.

Stock Falling

Miami Basketball

Things are not good at The U when Harvard’s head coach says “no thanks” to the opportunity to leave the Ivy League and join the ACC ranks. Miami is one of six programs nationally to have a vacant head coaching position right now, and they are by far the most high-profile of that group. Say good night to any last-second recruiting opportunities, Canes’ fans, this is going to be an interesting rebuilding process.

Seth Greenberg

Look for Mr. Greenberg to be firmly entrenched on the proverbial “hot seat” for the entirety of this coming season. Make it four years in a row that the Hokies have been left out of the NCAA Tournament, and Seth Greenberg’s reactions are just becoming running jokes nation-wide. At some point, he’ll realize that you have to play someone out-of-conference to bolster that tournament resume. But, hey, everyone learns at their own pace I guess. Minus his two best players from last year’s squad, Malcolm Delaney and Jeff Allen, this could be another long year for ol’ Seth.

ACC National Perception

This just stings to admit, but at this point it is hard to ignore: the ACC is not the ACC right now. Sure, UNC and Duke remain strong, but when the conference is at its peak is when the middle of the pack is strong, and that is just not the case right now. There is potential, but a lot will depend on whether or not guys from these 3-7 teams return to school–i.e. Jordan Williams, Reggie Jackson, Chris Singleton. Two out of those three are likely to go, and the ACC is going to need some unproven players to step up in order to have its image restored.

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Days of declarations

It’s been a busy couple of days of underclassmen declaring for the NBA draft. Let’s get you caught up:

  • Final Four veteran and Butler star Shelvin Mack has declared for the NBA Draft but will not hire an agent. Mack has good NBA size and is a proven shooter but will need to show scouts he can run the point because he’d otherwise be an undersized 2 (see NBA D-League). Unless he wows at workouts, he should return.
  • Miami center Reggie Johnson has also declared. He is a BIG, BIG man. OTher than that…not so much. He didn’t dominate the ACC like many thought he could. No reason for him to go. For a Miami perspective, click here.
  • ACC Defensive Player of the Year Chris Singleton has declared (after FSU announced it before he could, stay classy Seminoles) and will hire an agent. Singleton was playing at an incredibly high level before breaking his foot in the middle of ACC play. He has phenomenal size, athletic ability, and defensive skills. Although not totally inept on offense, he tends to be a little bit of a streaky shooter and just an average finisher. We’ll have more on Singleton in our next ACC Pro-or-No.
  • In what was a pretty surprising announcement, UCLA point guard Malcolm Lee declared as well and will hire an agent even after Bruins’ coach Ben Howland advised him not to. Lee is projected toat best go in the 2nd round, but more likely undrafted. Add to the fact that he is coming off a knee-surgery and you have to think he made a HUGE mistake.
  • Finally, Derrick Williams announced today that he is entering and hiring an agent. We’ll preview him tomorrow in our Pac-10 preview, so in the mean time just sit back and enjoy….(NBA Dunk Champ in 2012? 2013? Both?)

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