Posted on: March 9, 2009 2:01 pm


I saw an interesting Post regarding some of the bubble teams, specifically Davidson/Arizona/Kentucky - and I'm going to just throw Creighton in there to prove my point. Lets take a look.

Davidson Wildcats 26-7 (18-2)
RPI: 72
SOS: 165
vs. Top 50 RPI: 1-4
Key Wins: West Virginia
Key Losses: Citadel, Coll. of Charleston (2)
Last 10: 6-4

Arizona Wildcats 19-12 (9-9)
RPI: 51
SOS: 33
vs. Top 50 RPI: 5-8
Key Wins: Kansas, Washington, UCLA, Gonzaga
Key Losses: Stanford (Washington State)
Last 10: 6-4

Kentucky Wildcats 19-12 (8-8)
RPI: 82
SOS: 63
vs. Top 50 RPI: 4-6
Key Wins: Tennessee (2), WVU
Key Losses: Georgia, VMI
Last 10: 3-7

Creighton Blue Jays 26-7 (14-4)
RPI: 41
SOS: 106
vs. Top 50 RPI: 3-2
Key Wins: Dayton, Illinois State
Key Losses: Drake, @Wich. State
Last 10: 9-1


Alright lets start talking here. If you were only given the option of putting one of these teams in who would it be? Creighton has the best RPI and best record vs. the top 50, While Kentucky's RPI is the worst and Davidson's SOS is abysmal. In the last 10, Creighton is 9-1, so they are coming in hot. I think we can eliminate Kentucky, because there is nothing very impressive about that. Arizona has key wins vs. 4 well-seeded tournament teams, and they have shown that they are going to be able to compete at a high level with their 5-8 top 50 record. You could make a very compelling argument for Creighton here, and since Davidson is 1-4 vs. the top 50, and 24-3 vs. RPI above 100, I think we can eliminate them. I don't see how you can justify the bad losses with just that one win vs. West Virginia. There is no reason that they should have lost the conference tournament, and I don't think they deserve to be in. This leaves Creighton and Arizona. The problem here for Creighton is that I think Arizona is already a good bit ahead of Creighton, and as long as they win a game in their conference tournament they should be the clear favorite out of this group.

Any way you slice it, Arizona looks the best out of these 4 teams, followed by Creighton, Davidson, and Kentucky, in that order. It's very possible too that none of these teams will appear in the tournament.


Posted on: February 20, 2009 10:30 pm

The Davidson Curry's

The Davidson Wildcats make me laugh quite a lot. They should be renamed the Davidson Curries, after the only guy on the team who can play on a consistent basis.

It's really quite a shame that one of, if not the best player in college basketball could be playing in the NIT this year. It's a very legitimate concern if you are a Davidson fan. If this team can't pull it together and win some games while Curry is out they'll need a conference championship to make the tournament. They've got 4 games left which means that this game against a fading Butler team will be a must-win if Davidson's NCAA Tournament hopes are to be kept alive...

...or they just win the conference tournament and none of this will ever come up again.

Each conference loss for Davidson is a killer, because the teams in the conference are very weak. SoCon is not what you might call the cream of the crop. Where in the Big East it is very possible that a 10-loss team will make the tournament, if Davidson falls to 22-6 this weekend very loud sirens will be blaring in John Belk Arena. Right now, the team is in the hands of their second leading scorer, Andrew Lovedale, who is scoring a whopping 12.7 points a game behind Curry. As we saw in their last game vs. The Citadel, it just wasn't going to cut it.

Now I think that Davidson will win their conference tournament, and this point will most likely become moot, however Davidson hasn't found themselves in the position of "must win" in their conference tournament to make the big dance in a couple of years. They were a great story last year, reaching the Elite Eight and coming ever so close to a Final Four bid.

Clearly the team is a different team without Curry, and clearly they are much worse. So until the Davidson Curries return to the court, enjoy watching the Davidson Wildcats dash their dreams of dancing.

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