Tuesday, January 26, 2010

About last night - When it doesn't mean anything

For the record, at one point in last night's game vs. Syracuse in the Carrier Dome, Georgetown had a 14-0 lead. If only it ended at that point for the Hoyas. The Orange proceeded to to rally and then smother the Hoyas resulting in an 73-56 win. Some prognosticators predicted the Hoyas had the look of a 1-seed, especially if they could beat both the 'Cuse and Duke this week(The two being two of the top three in the RPI, Sagarin, and Pomeroy ratings). But, as we saw last year, this team could stumble the rest of the way and lose all the resume muscle it has. Kansas, incidentally the third of the power ratings trio, had little trouble in dispatching Missouri 84-65 in Lawrence.

In the lower leagues, Morgan State has breathing space in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Their rout of Maryland-Eastern Shore was an expected one, but the key result for Todd Bozeman's Bears occured in Washington as Howard built a big lead over 2nd placed Bethune-Cookman and held of a Rattler rally to win 67-64. With a very friendly schedule, look for Morgan State to waltz home to an undisputed regular season crown(and the fall-back NIT bid that goes with it). In the SWAC, Texas Southern defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff 70-67 in a battle of two of the three teams that came into the day tied for 1st(Jackson State, the other team, had the night off). In the Southern, Western Carolina scored a 100-90 takedown of the College of Charleston, ending the Cougars' unbeaten conference run. Lastly, Western Kentucky's at-large hopes are completely through as they lose to Southern Illinois.

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