KU's Seeding: Teams to Watch

Chalmersfan's comment earlier got me thinking about KU's seed. I've heard no definitive answer regarding whether or not KU can end up in Dallas (or Dayton), because I get wrapped up in the legal mumbo jumbo of the NCAA's guidelines. But it occurred to me that there are a number of teams in competition with KU for seeds, and I thought I'd look into them. Feel free to add/subtract or modify in the comments. Or if you're clever, guess my password (I don't even know it anymore) and change my words.

Without further ado (the more stars, the better the chance, see):

UCLA** - probably better seed than KU

Pitt*** - could drop to below KU if they lose tonight to WVU badly today.

UF**** - after losing 3/4, teetering on the edge. They played well against UK last week though.

Tenn* - Could be a 2-4 seed, I think, depending on the outcome of the SEC tournament.

Boston College** - Lunardi has them as a 5. They don't deserve their ranking.

GW*** - they could plummet to a 5 or 6 after flaming out today v. Temple.

WVU**** - my gut tells me they'll get a 4 is a foolish sack of tissue, but they've been slumping, a lot.

Iowa*** - Lunardi has them as a 4. Don't understand this.

Illinois* - Not very likely at all, but Illinois is not playing great basketball right now.

Gonzaga* - pretty unlikely, but they're not improving, and their recent play shows it. Washington**** - Washington's climbing, they'll need to get upset by somebody in the Pac10 Tourney Thanks to PB reader Josh for letting us know that Washington got Carmelo-ized byt Malik Hairston and the Ducks.

UNC* - Very unlikely at this point. UNC is playing top 10 ball over the last 5 games. Memphis* - If they get blown out early in the CUSA tournament, they could fall, but KU would need to win B12 tournament.

The bottom line is that KU has and outside chance for a 3 seed. I think they're a 5 if they win one game, a 4 if they win 2, and a 3 if they win 3. Best case - Memphis loses early and big, KU wins B12 tournament, and KU slides into a 3 seed in Dallas.

Most likely scenario: KU wins on Friday and Saturday and gets the lowest 4, and plays in Salt Lake City and uses run-on sentences in their post game interview and doesn't care.

We have a Champion!

Harvey Carson, with a score of 97 points is the victor in the 1st Annual Phog Blog Tourney Pick'em Challenge. He was followed by Rich Gilmore and Clark Eddy. Congratulations Fellas. Harvey wins a "Mizzou Athletics - Celebrating Mediocrity since 1890" T-shirt. Just email me Harvey and I'll work out the details. Here are the final standings. Thanks for playing!

There is no Joy in Mudville

For our Illini brethren, and especially for Illini Wonk: Casey At The Bat by Ernest L. Thayer

The outlook wasn't brilliant for the Mudville nine that day, The score stood four to two, with but one inning more to play.

And then when Cooney died at first, and Barrows did the same, A pall-like silence fell upon the patrons of the game.

A straggling few got up to go in deep despair. The rest clung to that hope which springs eternal in the human breast. They thought, "if only Casey could but get a whack at that. We'd put up even money now, with Casey at the bat."

But Flynn preceded Casey, as did also Jimmy Blake; and the former was a hoodoo, while the latter was a cake. So upon that stricken multitude, grim melancholy sat; for there seemed but little chance of Casey getting to the bat.

But Flynn let drive a single, to the wonderment of all. And Blake, the much despised, tore the cover off the ball.

And when the dust had lifted, and men saw what had occurred, there was Jimmy safe at second and Flynn a-hugging third.

Then from five thousand throats and more there rose a lusty yell; it rumbled through the valley, it rattled in the dell;

it pounded through on the mountain and recoiled upon the flat; for Casey, mighty Casey, was advancing to the bat.

There was ease in Casey's manner as he stepped into his place, there was pride in Casey's bearing and a smile lit Casey's face.

And when, responding to the cheers, he lightly doffed his hat, no stranger in the crowd could doubt t'was Casey at the bat.

Ten thousand eyes were on him as he rubbed his hands with dirt. Five thousand tongues applauded when he wiped them on his shirt.

Then, while the writhing pitcher ground the ball into his hip, defiance flashed in Casey's eye, a sneer curled Casey's lip.

And now the leather-covered sphere came hurtling through the air, and Casey stood a-watching it in haughty grandeur there.

Close by the sturdy batsman the ball unheeded sped -- "That ain't my style," said Casey.

"Strike one!" the umpire said. From the benches, black with people, there went up a muffled roar, like the beating of the storm waves on a stern and distant shore.

"Kill him! Kill the umpire!" shouted someone on the stand, and it's likely they'd have killed him had not Casey raised his hand.

With a smile of Christian charity, great Casey's visage shone, he stilled the rising tumult, he bade the game go on.

He signaled to the pitcher, and once more the dun sphere flew, but Casey still ignored it, and the umpire said, "Strike two!"

"Fraud!" cried the maddened thousands, and echo answered "Fraud!" But one scornful look from Casey and the audience was awed.

They saw his face grow stern and cold, they saw his muscles strain, and they knew that Casey wouldn't let that ball go by again.

The sneer has fled from Casey's lip, the teeth are clenched in hate. He pounds, with cruel violence, his bat upon the plate.

And now the pitcher holds the ball, and now he lets it go, and now the air is shattered by the force of Casey's blow.

Oh, somewhere in this favored land the sun is shining bright. The band is playing somewhere, and somewhere hearts are light. And, somewhere men are laughing, and little children shout,

but there is no joy in Mudville -- mighty Casey has struck out.

Weber's Last stand and Rather Amazing Facts

As the dust settles, I'm glad Roy won. I don't think I'm one of these Kansas fans that's embittered and hurt that he left KU and wishes pain and suffering on him and his from this day forward. Truth be told, I don't think there are a lot of those fans floating around. I'm a KU fan who didn't like the fact that Roy left under the circumstances that he did, going to a UNC which dropped Matt Doherty as if on purpose just before the 2003 Final Four to put more pressure on Roy. I was disappointed that he took Matt's job and I'm convinced that Matt could have kept his job had not Roy made some sort of hint to the effect that he was unhappy at Kansas under Al Bohl and that he was regretting his decision. He's at a rival school now and that's about all I feel. Except I was glad that he got his title out of the way and, indeed, as I said last night, I hope it was worth it. In terms of basketball, it was an excellent game. Ken Pomeroy provides some interesting facts:

The only time a team shot fewer free throws in the championship game was Dartmouth in 1944!! It was also the most threes shot in finals history. But considering there have only been 19 championship games played with a three-point line, that doesn't put the feat in proper perspective. It was the fourth-most threes shot in any tournament contest - a total of 1,202 games. Luther Head shot 16 threes on his own, equaling the UNC team attempts and breaking the individual finals record by three.

Read Ken's summation. It's quite good.

My question is this: Will Weber and the Illini recover? His team was made up of 90%+ of Bill Self's recruits (in terms of scoring..ok if you're going to be picky, I think Lon Kruger recruited one of them) and while they had a great year, they didn't win. They lost nearly all the good recruits in Illinois to other teams. They will probably pick up DeAndre Thomas now that it appears that the scholarship I thought was going to him is going to Chris Moody, and I guarantee he'll be a strong player for them. But otherwise, the shopping list doesn't appear to be as robust as what is already in the cupboard.