Now we know what a great job the Big East media mill did this year. FLORIDA STATE TOTALLY DISMANTLED NOTRE DAME!!!!! That was the easiest prediction of the year. Charles Barkley was destroying the Big East right in front of Rick Pitino. Barkley dismissed Marquette’s win over Syracuse as a win over a mediocre team. I really thought FSU would win easily because of the return of Chris Singleton but he was barely a factor. Look out for the Seminoles. Just for the rcord Prediction Results for this weekend Saturday 5-3 and Sunday 7-1. The story of the Tournament so far: Coach Shaka Smart of VCU.
A poor tournament performance doesn’t make the Big East overrated. The simple fact is that, overall, the Big East CRUSHED its non-conference opponents this season.
Here’s a list of notable teams who were Big East victims this year (in the regular season) …
Texas (2x), Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State (2x), Wisconsin, Butler, Tennessee, UNLV, Gonzaga, Xavier, UCLA, Georgia, Temple, Vanderbilt, BU (2x), Bucknell [these teams all made it to March Madness] …
Other solid teams who didn’t make it to March Madness & who were also Big East victims:
Alabama (2x), Maryland (2x), Oklahoma, Northwestern, Saint Mary’s
1) Two Big East teams were inevitably going to lose when UConn played Cincy & Syracuse played Marquette in the second round.
2) DJ Kennedy (St. John’s) was not able to play in the tournament due to knee injury
3) Chris Wright (G-town) was playing with a broken hand
4) Pitt lost on a bizarre foul with 0.8s to a team (Butler) that played for a national title last year.
A tournament flop (if you can call 2 teams in the Sweet 16 a flop) only indicates that B.E. teams either a) happened to play poorly in a recent stretch of high-stakes, win-or-go-home games, or b) B.E. teams just got unlucky this year. Or maybe it’s some combo of (a) and (b).
Either way, the records (and the victim list) don’t lie — regardless of their tournament performance, all 11 of the Big East teams who were selected this year had a very legitimate claim to be there.