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EXTRA, EXTRA: THE CONFERENCE MINI-TOURNIES HAVE ARRIVED AND WE HAVE OUR OWN "WHAT TO WATCH" SEGMENT REGARDING THREE SO-CALLED MID-MAJOR SQUADS
By Jim Hurley:
So, what has the College Basketball world have in store for us this week following a weekend in which the country's #1, #2 and #3 teams all lost?
In today's edition of Jim Sez we'll examine all three of the high-powered clubs that were beaten last Saturday - that's Kansas, Kentucky and Purdue - and we'll delve into all six of the so-called power conferences with key Wednesday/Thursday previews as we get closer and closer to the NCAA Tournament Selection Show on Sunday, March 14th ... we know, you just can't wait!
Plenty to say about the "big boys" in College Hoop shortly but here's a reminder that the Conference Tournaments - we like to call 'em the mini-tournies - have begun with the Horizon League and the Ohio Valley Conference swinging into action already and with the Colonial Athletic Conference and the Missouri Valley Conference headlining a group of approximately a half-dozen "mid-major" leagues that will get their mini-tournies underway by later this week.
As far as the "Big Six" of College Basketball, here are their respective mini-tourney schedules just so you know what's straight ahead (and when):
- Big East Tournament - March 9-13, Madison Square Garden, New York City
- Big 12 Tournament - March 10-13, Sprint Center, Kansas City
- Pac-10 Tournament - March 10-13, Staples Center, Los Angeles
- Big 10 Tournament - March 11-14, Conseco Fieldhouse, Indianapolis
- ACC Tournament - March 11-14, Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro
- SEC Tournament - March 11-14, Sommet Center, Nashville
Note that this year the Big 12 will play its conference Championship Game on Saturday, March 13th (it's usually played on Selection Sunday) while the Atlantic-10 Conference will flip-flop the other way and will play its Championship Game on Sunday, March 14th (it's usually played on the Saturday).
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Folks, keep in mind that all the College Basketball Conference Tournaments have begun and there will be lots of matinee weekday action coming later this week and all through next week and so make sure to check your daily hoop schedules and then check with us for all the day-time and night-time hoops winners. Got it?
COLLEGE HOOPS: THURSDAY PREVIEWS
WASHINGTON (19-9, 9-7 Pac-10) at OREGON (14-14, 6-10 Pac-10) - 10:30 p.m. ET, Fox Sports Network
Hate to sound like a broken record but ...There still isn't a single Pac-10 team in the current AP Poll and no doubt the possibility exists that no more than three teams from this power conference will make the NCAA Tournament but we'll go on record to state that the Washington Huskies are "in" providing they can win just one more game the rest of the way.
Lorenzo Romar's squad - fresh off last Saturday's 59-52 win/cover at 3-point home dog Washington State - has notched seven triumphs in its last nine games and now seeks revenge here for a 90-79 home loss to the Oregon Ducks way back on Jan. 2nd. Washington's Quincy Pondexter (19.8 ppg and 7.9 rpg) scored 18 points in that first meeting with Oregon but note the Ducks shot 53 percent from the floor (35-of-66).
PROVIDENCE (12-16, 4-12 Big East) at #17 PITTSBURGH (22-7, 11-5 Big East) - 9 p.m. ET, ESPN
Remember the Big East Tournament format: The top four teams in the regular-season standings draw double byes into the quarterfinals and that's what is uppermost in Pitt's minds here - Jamie Dixon's crew entered Tuesday night action sitting in the #4 spot behind Syracuse, Villanova and West Virginia and so staving off frisky Providence here is a must for a Panthers team that has caught a "second wind" with six wins in their last seven games.
Expect Pittsburgh to defend the triple well here - note that St. John's drained only 2-of-15 trifectas in last Saturday's 71-64 Pitt win at Madison Square Garden - while the Panthers' bench remains key as swingman Gilbert Brown registered 13 points in 25 minutes of action in that latest tilt.
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CONFERENCE MINI-TOURNIES: WHAT TO WATCH WITH THE MID-MAJORS
It's Russian Roulette time for a slew of College Basketball's so-called "mid-majors" as most of these teams can't afford a single loss in their respective mini-tournies or else it's "curtains" for their NCAA Tournament dreams and so let's give you our what-to-watch comments on these teams:
SIENA (24-6, 16-1 MAAC) - There's a lot of sentiment in hoops-land that the Siena Saints should get an at-large bid even if they don't win their mini-tourney as Fran McCaffery's club has dominated its league and who can forget last year's NCAA Tournament tilts with an overtime win against Ohio State and a battle-to-the-finish loss against high-octane Louisville?
The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference is not highly thought of nationally -- although Siena sports a current RPI of 40, which is solid, and the dearth of potential at-large invitees from mid-majors is at an all-time low.
Gut feel: If Siena loses in its MAAC Championship Game, it still could squeak into the "Big Dance" but our advice is don't dare chance it!
NEW MEXICO STATE (19-9, 11-3 WAC) - The folks on ESPN always talk about the "eye test" meaning that if you've seen a team with your own eyes you know whether or not they are NCAA Tournament caliber or not and here's a team that passed our "eye test" last week with a big TV win against Idaho.
The NMSU Aggies have five double-digit scorers including star Jahmar Young (21 ppg) and they currently reside in second place in a tougher-than-folks-think Western Athletic Conference.
Gut feel: Same as Siena ... get to the mini-tourney title game or risk not getting into the NCAAs.
SAINT MARY'S (24-5, 10-3 WCC) - Get ready to hear plenty about the Gaels and their NCAA Tournament hopes because this team could well wind up with more than 25 wins and not get a "Big Dance" invitation.
Saint Mary's has lost twice to West Coast Conference powerhouse Gonzaga and really does not own any "signature wins" unless you count a season-opening triumph against aforementioned New Mexico State.
Gut feel: Saint Mary's will get left at the curb if it doesn't win next week's WCC mini-tourney.
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