It’s March; Bring On The Madness

There is no Las Vegas trip for OWS this year. That won’t stop us from offering coverage of the 2012 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Follow us on this journey. No, literally follow us @OWS_.

First of all, is he grabbing the rim with his left hand? I think that’s quite illegal, EA Sports.

The past couple years I did a massive college basketball post every few weeks during the regular season. They tended to drop around holidays; Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, etc. These conference look-ins, as I called ’em, started Thanksgiving of 2009. They continued right through Valentine’s Day of last year.

Apparently 2012 has been too busy. The funny thing is that those types of posts probably fit the mold of what I want OWS to be going forward.

This post will be my “pre-conference tournaments mega post” of sorts.

I love March solely due to these basketball tournaments leading into the grand daddy. So what’s there to love, specifically, in 2012?


The Super-Conferences Affect On College Hoops, Geographic Rivalries

We are starting to hear from some of the prominent college basketball coaches in regards to the new “super-conference model”. The whole idea of these super conferences is centered around football. While often times football and basketball walk in lockstep, being the two revenue producing collegiate sports, this time hoops programs are going to be onlookers just like the other sports.

Yesterday Rick Pitino decided to take to his website to demonstrate his opinion on this matter. In Pitino’s blog post, titled “RED ALERT!!!”, Rick decided to take a shot at one of the schools which jumped from the Big East to the ACC in 2004:

Who could imagine Syracuse, a charter member leaving the BIG EAST?  Didn’t they check Boston College’s championship totals since leaving the BIG EAST — one, in soccer in 2005.

It sounds like Pitino doesn’t want to end up back in Conference USA. He is clearly not happy that the Big East basketball juggernaut is now at risk. Losing BC was nothing, that’s not the target of Pitino’s anger. Pitino hates to see a good situation ruined, and losing ‘Cuse and Pitt is step one of a disaster scenario.

Today we have Jim Boeheim taking his thoughts to the media. When asked about the prospect of moving the ACC tournament to Madison Square Garden, Coach Boeheim had this to say:


The Big East Football Death Rattle; A New Hypothetical Conference Is Born

It looks like it could be game over for the Big East football conference. At this time it would seem that a splitting of the Big East football and Big East basketball conferences is the way to go. It has been a disjointed relationship for some time now anyway. There is little continuity between the hoops and football conferences. However, continuity isn’t exactly what is controlling recent conference expansion.

I would love to be a fly on the wall at the Providence, Rhode Island offices of the Big East on this Monday morning.