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Fun stuff to occupy your time this morning

Posted by Jeff Nusser on February 9, 2008

I’m working on the game thread right now, but I thought I’d pass along a couple of things to occupy your time as you’re waiting for that 12:30 tipoff.

First is a story from Andy Katz at ESPN. Last year, the NCAA did something unbelievably progressive and invited a number of college basketball writers to participate in a mock bracket exercise so that they could get a feel for the selection process that so often gets criticized in March.

The exercise was such a success, as the writers came away with such an appreciation for how difficult selecting the field is, that the NCAA decided to do it again this year. Here’s Katz’s report of what happened this year. If you’re interested, here’s my post from last year on my original blog, which includes links to the stories a few national writers wrote last year. They are very interesting to read.

Second, if you need a refresher of what the Cougs did to USC the first time around, here you go. I guarantee the Trojans haven’t forgotten.

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Yet another reason to love Andy Katz

Posted by Jeff Nusser on December 13, 2007

As if you needed more evidence that this is a slow week.

I was taking a look at’s Power 16, a poll compiled from votes by the site’s stable of college basketball experts, to see how the Cougs were stacking up. They checked in at No. 8, same as the week before. Then I looked at the individual ballots, and virtually all of them had WSU ranked between 6 and 8, which seemed pretty fair to me. They also all were basically identical in their top 10.

Then I came across the ballot of one Andy Katz. He dared to be different. Observe:

1. Texas
2. North Carolina
3. Memphis
4. Kansas
5. Washington State
6. Duke
7. Pitt
9. Georgetown
10. Xavier
11. Indiana
12. Michigan State
13. Vanderbilt
14. Marquette
15. West Virginia
16. Arizona

I love the guts to put this ballot together. Ranking the Cougs No. 5 — where I had them on my latest BlogPoll ballot — and ranking Georgetown No. 9. The Hoyas have proven so little this year, it’s nice to see someone finally recognize that. (The vote of Pitt at No. 7 is a little confounding, given that the Panthers’ first road game of the year was that 1-point squeaker against UW, though.)

Anyway, kudos to Katz for daring to be different. This is what passes for news as we wait out the days until The Citadel.

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