St John's v Louisville

Why Indiana should be rooting for Louisville this week

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For me, perhaps the most interesting part of attending the mock selection committee back in February was learning that the idea of there being an “S-Curve” used to slot teams into specific seeds is simply not true.

There is no S-Curve.

Instead, what the committee uses is a seed list which is exactly what it sounds like: a complete ranking of every single team in the tournament, 1-68. Nos. 1-4 are the 1-seeds, 5-8 are the 2-seeds, etc. And while the general thinking has always been that the best No. 1 seed gets paired up with the lowest No. 2 seed, that’s not the case either. The bracketing for the top four seed lines has everything to do with proximity to the location of the Regional Finals.

And that could end up being bad news for Indiana, who may want to root heavily for Louisville to win the Big East tournament.

As of today, our Dave Ommen has Louisville and Indiana both sitting pretty as No. 1 seeds, with Indiana being considered the higher No. 1 seed and thus getting slotted into the Midwest region, where the Sweet 16 and the Elite 8 are to be played in Indianapolis. That will essentially be a home game for the Hoosiers.

Georgetown, however, is a No. 2 seed. Hypothetically speaking, let’s say that Georgetown ends up beating Louisville in the Big East title game, and the rest of the conference tournaments happen to play out such that the Hoyas jump up past the Cardinals for the fourth No. 1 seed while Louisville becomes the first No. 2 seed. If that were to happen, Louisville would be sent to Indianapolis as well, where, if chalk holds, they will be playing the Hoosiers in Lucas Oil Stadium for the right to play in the Final Four.

Louisville is an hour and 45 minutes from Indianapolis. Their fan base may not be as big as Kentucky’s, but they are just as passionate and willing to travel just as far.

Which would mean that the Hoosiers, who could very well end up being the No. 1 overall seed, may be forced to play Louisville — a preseason top two team that has looked every bit the part of a national title contender all season with the exception of one three-game losing streak — in a game where their home court advantage would be drastically diminished. You better believe Cardinal fans would be showing up in droves for that game.

So think about that. The preseason top two teams, two favorites to win the national title, playing for the right to go to the Final Four.

That would qualify as a tough break.

You can find Rob on twitter @RobDauster.

How did Gary Clark catch that alley-oop?

CINCINNATI, OH - JANUARY 24:  Gary Clark #11 of the Cincinnati Bearcats shoots the ball against the Tulane Green Wave at Fifth Third Arena on January 24, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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No. 15 Cincinnati pounced on Memphis from the start, taking a 51-32 lead into halftime.

Then, Gary Clark decided to add insult to injury to start the second half. Seriously, how did he catch that?

Mick Cronin’s team is much better offensively than in previous seasons. I’m sure fans in the Fifth Third Arena can get used to seeing more plays like this.

Cassius Winston ends half with half-court 3-pointer

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15:  Head coach Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans talks with Cassius Winston #5 in the second half during the State Farm Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden on November 15, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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Michigan State freshman guard Cassius Winston had just one field goal in the first half. And it was a half-court buzzer-beater as the Spartans capped a sizable run to take a 49-31 lead over Nebraska going into the break.

The Spartans ended the half on a 21-5 run.

Winston provided a serious boost off the bench during that stanza. Moments earlier, he helped the Breslin Center erupt when he lobbed a pass off the backboard to teammate Miles Bridges.

Michigan State opened the day projected as one of the final at-large bids in the NCAA Tournament. The margin for error is thing and it appears the Spartans are playing with a sense of urgency.

 

CBT Podcast: Mark Titus recaps Wednesday’s games

LAWRENCE, KS - FEBRUARY 22: Frank Mason III #0 of the Kansas Jayhawks lays the ball up against JD Miller #15 and Jaylen Fisher #0 of the TCU Horned Frogs in the first half at Allen Fieldhouse on February 22, 2017 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
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Wednesday’s slate of games had several wild results.

Former Ohio State walk-on turned blogger turned author Mark Titus, who is currently writing for The Ringer, joined Rob Dauster on the latest episode of the CBT Podcast to go over last night’s games. The two also discussed who is the best team in the nation at the moment, as well Frank Mason III’s rap single from several years ago #BIFM

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Roy Williams apologizes to Rick Pitino, hopes that never happens at UNC again

CHAPEL HILL, NC - JANUARY 16:  Head coach Roy Williams of the North Carolina Tar Heels celebrates after his 800th career victory with a 85-68 win over the Syracuse Orange at the Dean Smith Center on January 16, 2017 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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North Carolina’s Roy Williams called fellow Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino to apologize for a fan’s behavior during Wednesday night’s game in Chapel Hill.

While leaving the floor at halftime, Pitino had to be restrained by members of the Louisville coaching staff and he and a UNC fan exchanged words as he made his way to the locker rom. There’s video of Pitino pointing and shouting at a fan, who reportedly said, “Pitino, you suck!”

“I don’t like that,” Williams said, according to the Charlotte Observer. “I mean we’re in North Carolina. We don’t have to be like everybody else. We can raise Cain. You can boo, but you don’t have to say the stuff that we as coaches have to put up with.”

“I hope that never happens at North Carolina ever again.”

No. 8 North Carolina defeated No. 7 Louisville, 74-63.

Bubble Banter: It’s a quiet night on the bubble

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 15:  Miles Bridges #22 reacts after being taken out of the game by head coach Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans against the Kentucky Wildcats in the second half during the State Farm Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden on November 15, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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STILL TO PLAY

Georgia at Alabama (RPI: 68, KenPom: 61, next four teams), 7:00 p.m.

Nebraska at Michigan State (RPI: 43, KenPom: 55, No. 10 seed), 7:00 p.m.

Towson at UNC Wilmington (RPI: 41, KenPom: 57, No. 12 seed), 7:00 p.m.