Katz: Friars need some BIG EAST upsets, not just a 9-9 record

dave@friarblog —  January 8th, 2009 7:00 PM
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From Andy Katz’s blog:

Harvard puts an end to BC’s celebration

Providence is off to a 3-0 start in the Big East with a road win at Cincinnati. But I have to disagree with a statement thrown out at the end of the broadcast about the Friars only needing six more wins to get a bid. The Friars would be 9-9 if that were to occur. But it’s not just about getting to 9-9, but also which wins are among the nine.

The Friars can’t, and shouldn’t, get a bid if the nine wins are solely: St. John’s, DePaul, South Florida, Seton Hall, two vs. Rutgers, two vs. Cincy, and one again, say, the team that finishes just above them in the standings. That would mean the Friars would have only one win against an NCAA tournament team in the Big East (likely the team above it in the standings). The Friars, at least at this juncture, didn’t beat an NCAA-projected team in nonconference play. PC is beating the teams it should so far, but it’s going to have to knock off at least two that it shouldn’t going forward to justify a bid.

Providence is aided by the scheduling imbalance that gives it Cincinnati and Rutgers twice, but that also may be a hindrance with two fewer opportunities to pick up NCAA-resume wins.

I think all PC fans would agree with Katz here.   We all know that the Friars need to pull off some great home wins in order to be even considered for an NCAA Tournament bid.   Beating the bottom teams we should just isn’t going to get it done.  To be honest though, the NCAA’s are the farthest thing from my mind right now.  Right now, I’m only thinking about Georgetown, and the possibility of going 4-0.  I’m sure Keno and the boys are thinking the same thing.

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