Friday, December 26, 2014

Welcome to Championship Week

The opening act for the biggest party in sports.

Welcome to Championship Week

We have reached the greatest time of year for college basketball fans. March Madness has not truly arrived yet, but Championship Week is the opening act for the biggest party in sports.

Before we get there, however, we need to take a look back at an exhilarating weekend of hoops.

There were big games and clutch finishes all over the place. Cornell clinched the Big Dance's first automatic bid, Pittsburgh smacked down Connecticut for the second time this season, an incredibly young Kansas squad claimed the Big 12 regular season title, DePaul finished a perfect 0-18 in Big East play, and Penn State made me look like I might actually know what I'm talking about by losing at Iowa.

Sunday gave us a thrilling Missouri Valley championship game between Illinois State and Northern Iowa, a Duke-Carolina game whose tipoff wasn't broadcast on CBS because of it, a double-overtime win by Niagara over Rider in the MAAC semifinals, George Mason and Virginia Commonwealth winning the CAA semis and the College of Charleston knocking Stephen Curry's Davidson out in the Southern Conference semifinals.

You might have seen the end of the Niagara-Rider game on ESPN2, which cut away from Santa Clara-Goznaga to show it. If you missed it, the 'Nova fans in particular will be interested to read Bilal Benn's monster line from the game later on in the post.

Oh, I forgot the 29-foot buzzer-beater Penn's Kevin Egee hit at Columbia, giving the Quakers a chance to finish conference play at .500 if they beat Princeton tomorrow. There's video of the shot after Benn's line.

And did I mention the four-year probation sentence that Florida State got slapped with? Give me your best interpretation of what "FSU" stands for in the comments, and if I like one enough I might come up with a prize. Apparently it's not just free shoes anymore.

While it's not quite Sunday anymore as I wirite this, it's nonetheless time for this week's compilation of RPI teamsheet data from Basketball State. It includes Sunday's conference tournament results with one exception: the Portland-St. Mary's West Coast Conference tournament semifinal, which did not tip off until 11:30 p.m. But from what I can tell, the result of that game should not have affected this data very much.

This week's wild card conference is the SEC. Even though all of its teams have suffered really bad losses this season, talk persists of at-large bids. I wonder if the football stadiums next door to the basketball arenas have something to do with that. I wouldn't mind if none of them got in, but someone's got to win the conference tournament. What do you think?

Note that for the Big East, Atlantic 10 and Big Ten, teams are listed in order of conference tournament seeding, not official standings. I figure that makes more sense as we start to look towards this week's games. SEC teams are split by division.

Big East

Team
Top 50 wins
201+ losses
Avg. win
Avg. loss
Louisville
8
0
104
42
Pittsburgh
9
0
95
30
Connecticut
8
0
113
15
Villanova
5
0
131
23
Marquette
5
0
143
33
Syracuse
6
0
115
28
West Virginia
3
0
133
28
Providence
2
0
166
38
Cincinnati
4
0
153
40
Notre Dame
3
0
166
29
Seton Hall
1
1
175
54
Georgetown
4
0
115
44
St. John's
1
0
209
40
South Florida
1
0
169
66
Rutgers
0
1
236
67
DePaul
0
0
220
63

Atlantic 10

Team
Top 50 wins
201+ losses
Avg. win
Avg. loss
Xavier
5
1
127
80
Rhode Island
2
0
184
65
Dayton
4
1
150
96
Temple
1
0
156
66
St. Joseph's
0
0
187
75
Richmond
1
1
187
96
Duquesne
1
0
208
58
La Salle
1
0
192
72
Saint Louis
1
2
169
118
Massachusetts
3
3
114
120
S. Bonaventure
0
3
234
111
Charlotte
1
3
178
106
G. Washington
0
4
195
118
Fordham
0
5
242
126

Colonial Athletic Association

Team
Top 50 wins
201+ losses
Avg. win
Avg. loss
VCU
1
3
182
124
George Mason
0
2
180
117
Old Dominion
1
2
195
127
Northeastern
1
3
170
127
Hofstra
0
2
193
115
Drexel
0
4
186
120
J. Madison
1
3
213
122
Georgia State
0
6
173
139
Delaware
1
7
193
153
Towson
0
4
212
126
Wm. & Mary
0
4
195
135
UNC-Wilm.
0
5
214
126

Ivy League

Team
Top 50 wins
201+ losses
Avg. win
Avg. loss
Cornell
0
4
235
146
Yale
0
8
238
205
Princeton
0
9
241
230
Columbia
0
7
284
193
Dartmouth
0
12
247
214
Penn
0
5
290
151
Harvard
0
11
214
229
Brown
0
10
277
184

Big Ten

Team
Top 50 wins
201+ losses
Avg. win
Avg. loss
Michigan St.
12
0
95
45
Illinois
8
0
130
32
Purdue
6
0
142
30
Wisconsin
4
0
105
37
Ohio State
5
0
136
27
Penn State
6
0
161
42
Michigan
6
0
127
36
Minnesota
5
0
134
36
Northwestern
6
0
158
46
Iowa
2
1
167
54
Indiana
0
1
153
56

Southeastern Conference

Team
Top 50 wins
201+ losses
Avg. win
Avg. loss
LSU (W)
3
0
161
56
Auburn (W)
2
0
162
66
Miss. St. (W)
2
1
144
90
Alabama (W)
1
0
144
82
Mississippi (W)
1
0
157
66
Arkansas (W)
2
1
192
76
S. Carolina (E)
1
0
175
52
Tennessee (E)
7
0
113
54
Florida (E)
2
0
175
56
Vanderbilt (E)
2
0
172
79
Kentucky (E)
4
0
172
62
Georgia (E)
1
1
201
78


Name
Min
FG
FT
3pt
OR
DR
TR
A
S
TO
Blk
PF
Eff
Pts
B. Benn
48
8-20
3-5
1-3
11
8
19
2
1
0
1
2
25
20


Jonathan Tannenwald Sports Producer
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