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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:


Butler Bulldogs Live Up To The Hype

Butler upsets ‘Cuse. The Bulldogs were as much as 10-point dogs in this one.

Butler is now on the verge of becoming the most glaring example of a college hoops team that has lived up to their hype. Since the end of last March, Butler has been a sexy pick to once again get deep into March in 2010. It makes sense, they returned all five starters including Gordon Hayward and Shelvin Mack who have become household names.

Butler was a preseason top-10 or top-15 team among many of power rankings across the ‘net. During non-conference play they were am underwhelming team, which seemed to lose to ranked teams each opportunity they had.

However, the team got it together during Horizon League play. And by “got it together” I mean went on an 18-0 tear through the league. (more…)

'Cuse outlasts UCONN at MSG

aleqm5gx3yebin2ln27m4oywzn1xb0tkyqUp until last night there had only been two 6 OT games in the history of D1 collegiate basketball–both games were played in the 1950’s. There has been only one game that went longer than this. This was a 7 OT game in 1981. No Big East game had ever gone more than 3 OT’s, including their 1981 championship thriller at the Carrier Dome.

Just some of the history leading into last nights epic game. (more…)