Florida Gulf Coast's lead over Georgetown had been cut from 15 to 7 in one minute. Georgetown was pressing, and apparently the Eagles didn't care.
If you don't win the tournament be quiet @nativeflash22— Ryan Harrow (@12harrow) March 22, 2013
Everyone stop what you're doing and take a look at Marshall Henderson and Ryan Harrow going at it on Twitter— College Spun (@CollegeSpun) March 22, 2013
The tournament is a cash cow for the NCAA. Since it owns and controls the tournament the NCAA does not have to split revenue with corporate sponsors as in football and baseball, and as a result over 90% of the NCAA operating budget is derived from this event alone. The NCAA in turn shares most of the revenue with every conference that participates. But what does this mean for your school?
Every team that participates earns money. But the NCAA didn’t want announcers doing their best golf imitation and informing the viewers how many dollars were on the line for each late game free throw. So they instituted a six-year rolling window where the conference results are averaged across this year’s event and the previous five, which diminishes the value of any one game. Every game that a team participates in is considered a ‘Unit’ (with the exception of the Final). So each team can earn a maximum of five Units in any one Tournament, and the value of each Unit is determined by the Revenue Distribution Plan written by the NCAA. Got it?
Let's use the ACC as an example. So in 2012 North Carolina earned 4 Units for the ACC by reaching the Regional Final, NC State earned three, Florida State earned two, and Duke and Virginia each earned one. That totals 12. The table below shows that in the previous five Tournaments the ACC had totaled 61 Units, so that plus 12 made the ACC distribution worth 73 Units. Each unit last year was worth approximately $258,000.no comments
This is the first season of the Vitale Cup, so if you've missed the previous leaderboards I'll refresh you on the rules.
Don't get me wrong with the intent of this cup. I love Dick Vitale. I love anyone who is consistently enthusiastic about college basketball. It's the best sport there is, and Vitale will talk about it to anyone, at anytime, and do it with passion and enthusiasm.
That said, what he has to actually say about the game is questionable at times. At least I feel that way. And so to test that theory I devised a competition.
We're all college basketball experts, right? To show this, back in the fall, every site posted their preseason top-25 and discussed it as if it were meaningful. Then we all moved on to the next topics where we were experts.no comments
The West region kicks off in Salt Lake City on Thursday, and could be one of the more entertaining regions of the day. There are four games, and three have the potential for high entertainment value. Here is the region inside the numbers. Tomorrow I'll cover Friday's games.
(1) Gonzaga vs (16) Southern, 4:10 (all times eastern), TBS
1: The Zags are one inbounds pass away from 32-1. Without that pass, Gonzaga would be entering on a 22-game winning streak.
“The Gonzaga play against Butler … the worst inbounds pass in the history of sports.” -- Bill Walton— Eamonn Brennan (@eamonnbrennan) January 25, 2013
2: Rank of Southern's defense among 347 Division I teams when it comes to 2-pt% allowed. Opponents have made just 40.4% of their 2s vs Southern. The Zags enter making 55.9% of their 2s, which is 9th nationally.
9: Gonzaga has 9 players who play more than 25% of the team's minutes. All nine have a higher offensive rating than the national average (100.6).
15: Games played by Gonzaga vs opponents ranked in Pomeroy's top-100. In those games Gonzaga is 13-2.
32: There are 32 Division I conferences. Southern got to this point by winning the SWAC tournament. The SWAC ranks 32 of 32 at kenpom.com.no comments
Regional Site: Arlington, TX
Bureaucracy is a giant mechanism operated by pygmies. – Honore de Balzac
[note: all dates and events are taken from the official NCAA report, along with selected newspaper stories]
May 2008: Saint Mary’s College (SMC) hires Keith Moss as an assistant coach on the basketball team. Moss has held a number of positions in the past, including as an assistant coach at San Jose State, as an associate head coach at the community college level, and as an assistant in Player Development for the Dallas Mavericks. Also, since the mid-90s, he has worked with a French sports agency promoting French players in the States. He helped bring Olivier Saint-Jean to SJSU, who would go on to become the 11th player taken in the 1997 NBA draft.
September 2008: The French sports agency contacts Keith Moss about Remi Barry, a French high schooler who is now living in Florida. Barry is enrolled at American Heritage in Plantation, which, at the time, is the largest private school in Florida. His basketball teammates include Kenny Boynton, who will go on to star at the University of Florida.
November 2008: Moss contacts Barry.
January 2009: Moss tries to place a French player in JUCO, but is unable to. The player will become known as ‘Prospect 3’ to the NCAA, though the NCAA never contacts him while they are investigating Saint Mary’s.no comments