The brackets are out and both the Arizona schools got in! Arizona is the 1 seed in thw West and Arizona St. is the 10 seed in the Midwest. ASU plays Texas on Thursday and Uof A plays Weber St. on Friday. Those of you that follow me know that I feared U of A would not get a ntop seed and ASU would be left out of the Tournament. Well that didn`t happen but I was right about one thing. The Arizona Wildcat`s even though they are so good don`t get an respect nationally.
Arizona needs to tap into their inner Aretha Franklin and demand a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T from the NCAA selection committee. They can do that with a dominant performance during March Madness. Arizona should have been the overall number one seed but that was given to Florida. In case you don`t follow College Basketball until March here is a little knowledge drop for you. Like football the NCAA uses a computer combining wins, strength of schedule and and overall record to determine each teams ranking. Its called RPI ranking. After the regular season ended U of A`s RPI was 1, meaning they are the best team in college basketball. Since Arizona doesn`t get much respect outside of the Pac 12 nobody is saying anything about this unjustice. But let me leave you with this point. If this was college football and at the end of the season Alabama was the top team according to the computer and another team, lets just say Notre Dame was awarded the National Championship game everybody would be in an uproar!
Saturday, March 15, 2014
Arizona St. lost in the second round of the Pac 12 Tournament. The Sun Devil`s ended the season 2-5. With this disturbing performance as of late many people think ASU is on the bubble and may not get into next weeks NCAA Tournament. My feeling is this, if ASU does not get into the tournament it is directly because of the Wildcat`s. I know I said once ASU beat Arizona a few weeks ago they punched their ticket to go marching, so hear me out. Regardless of how Arizona finishes in the Pac 12 Tourney they deserve a number one seed. In my opinion it should be an overall number one seed. But only time will tell on that. Sunday the brackets come and both Arizona schools will learn their fate. This brings me to my point. If for some reason Arizona doesn`t get a number one seed then ASU will be left out. If that happens then its obvious that the Pac 12 isn`t going to get any respect from the selection committee. If that happens, given ASU`s lack of success in the NCAA Tournament i could see them getting left out of the tournament.
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Earlier today the Arizona Wildcat`s easily advanced to the semifinals of the Pac 12 tournament with a win over the Ute`s of Utah 71-39. Arizona came out the gate fast and never looked back. They led 34-13 at the break and outscored Utah by 11 in the second half. The Wildcat`s were led by Nick Johnson`s 14 points. Johnson is starting to get national attention for all - america honors. The Cat`s were also helped by Hollis-Jefferson`s 8 rebounds and point guard T.J. McConnell`s 4 assist`s. Arizona showed that it is ready to make a run at a national championship later this month. Arizona now faces the winner of the Cal vs. Colorado game, a game that is going on right now and is a 4 point game late in the second half. With another conviencing win Arizona could put a grip on the overall number 1 seed in the NCAA tournament.
Monday, March 10, 2014
Guess what everybody it`s March and you know what that means. Time for March Madness! Before the NCAA Tournament starts I want to point something out to all college basketball fans. Watch out for the Great State of Arizona! If you know even just a little bit about college hoops you already know about the Wildcat`s from the University of Arizona. They are currently ranked 4th in the nation and are a lock for a number 1 seed. Some experts, including myself, have the Wildcat`s as the overall top seed in the tournament. But for the state of Arizona it gets better. Our other school, arizona St. is quietly posittioning themselfs into the tournament as well. ASU tied with 5 other teams for 3rd place in the PAC 12 conference. They won the tie breaker and with just one win in the conference tournament they will be in the senifinals. Acomplishing that feat may give them a better seed then they already have. Right now they are a projected 8 or 9seed, but with a good showing this week in the tournament they may be able to get a 7 or even a 6 seed. While I`m predicting a Final Four for the Wildcat`s, Im not saying the Sun Devil`s will get that far. With the right seed and the right opponents the state of Arizona may be saying "both our schools made it to the Sweet 16 and one is National Champion."