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  1. Bay Area Billiken

    GDT Thread - SLU vs St Joe' - The Flappening

    This was the best this season I’ve seen SLU run an Offense vs. the Zone.
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    NET, et al.

    NET activity after Wednesday's games: Minnesota nosedived from 48 to 63 after getting blown out at Illinois (5-12). In the A10: VCU 52, from 55; SLU stayed at 67; Davidson 72 from 75; Dayton 75 from 73; St. Joseph's (next SLU opponent) 162 from 163.
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    NET, et al.

    I think we need to consult The Wiz. I'm still trying to figure out this new NET, am basically parroting what I've read.
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    NET, et al.

    FWIW, SLU's RPI is 56, 11 points better than its NET.
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    NET, et al.

    Agreed. Plus, winning by small margins, escapes, even on the road, evidently doesn't help either. Whether the A10 will get at least a morsel of traditional deference and at least 2 NCAA teams, the auto bid and 1 at large, such as the regular season conference champion if different than the A10 Tourney Champion is unknown at this point and remains to be seen.
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    NET, et al.

    After last night's 3 point Win/escape in The Bronx, SLU's NET fell to 67. Other A10 NET's of note: VCU 55, Dayton 73, Davidson 75. SLU's next opponent, St. Joseph's has a NET of 163. Per a pure following of the NET, the A10 would be a One Bid (Juan Bid) league, and it isn't even close to having 2 NCAA teams. The NCAA would cut off at #49 Syracuse, with #50 Arizona being the first team OUT. Of course, that will never happen, as a Lipscomb (NET 46) would be OUT, as the Atlantic Sun will not get 2 NCAA teams. Liberty at 44 has the best NET in the Atlantic Sun. This new NET looks like further gerrymandering for the Power 5, extended by 2. The Big 10 would have 10 NCAA Tournament teams, the ACC 8, SEC 7, Big XII 6. Other multi-bid leagues would be the American 4, Big East 4, WCC 2 (#6 Gonzaga and #40 San Francisco), and Mountain West 2. The Missouri Valley is way down, with Conference NET of 15 to the A10's 10. The only Valley NCAA team would be the automatic bid, with Loyola Chicago having the best NET in the Valley at 105. This being said, if the NET is strictly followed, the only A10 NCAA team would also be its automatic bid team.
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    GDT Patriot League Rams

    After awakening from a nap, I realize tonight’s win at Fordham is a heckuva lot better than the alternative. Then our Jesuit brethren at St. Joe’s beat Davidson, and voila, ... First Place Billikens!
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    Other MCBB games on TV '18-'19

    Upset on Hawk Hill: @St. Joe’s 61 Davidson 60- Final.
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    GDT Patriot League Rams

    As always, it is hard work being a Billiken fan. SLU had Fordham so outmanned, there's no way that game should have been anywhere near as close as it was. But the opposition zone defense is the great equalizer. Fordham's zone was not exactly the Syracuse East Coast or the Temple amoeba zone, more like a CYO pack it in zone, with as many holes as Swiss cheese. But if you can't shoot, and compound it by not moving the ball quick enough ...
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    GDT Patriot League Rams

    Goodwin got hammered at the left side of the hoop, per Fordham anouncer landed on his tailbone.
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    GDT Patriot League Rams

    SLU blows 11 point first half lead, falls behind 57-52, but rallies to win 63-60. Bess and Isabell hit big 3's when they really counted. Opposition Zone defenses, even a soft zone played by a lousy Fordham team, and the '18-'19 St. Louis U Billikens are SLU's Kryptonite. Winning ugly is far better than the alternative of losing. SLU is 13-4, 4-0 A10.
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    GDT Patriot League Rams

    Pathetic. SLU is lost against this soft Fordham zone.
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    NET, et al.

    In the Conference NET, the A10 fares a bit better, 10th overall, not in its usual spot, but better than the RPI. The A10 ranks behind the #8 MAC and #9 WCC. The MVC is down the list at #15. I'm afraid that road loss to SIU is looking worse. http://warrennolan.com/basketball/2019/conferencenet
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    The Bills over Ford by 9

    Per Sagarin, SLU is a 7 point road favorite, which includes a 4 point home (Rose Hill Gym) court advantage for Fordham. Per cbssports.com, SLU is a 7.5 point road favorite. Over/Under is 121.
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    NET, et al.

    SLU's NET as of 1/13/19: 61. Other A10 NET's: VCU 52, Davidson 67, Dayton 69, URI 130, Geo. Mason 143, Duquesne 160, St. Joe's 170, UMass 181, St. Bona 185, Richmond 210, Fordham 225, LaSalle 267, Geo. Washington 279. SLU's RPI is 62; Other A10 RPI's of relevance: VCU 28, Davidson 37, Dayton 72. Other SLU ratings: kenpom: 88, Sagarin 88. The A10 has regressed this season in Conference RPI, is only 12th, behind the #6 American, #7 PAC-12 (a Power 5), #8 MAC, #9 WCC, #10 Ivy, and #11 Southern. For Missouri Valley fans, the MVC is #14, with C-USA at #13. Conclusion: Win in Brooklyn or Bust? A #12 Conference RPI has the markings of a one bid (Juan Bid) league. As for the next game vs. Fordham, Sagarin has SLU as a 7 point road favorite over the Fordham Rams (9-7, 0-3). Fordham is 8-3 at historic Rose Hill Gym.
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