I am not at all embarrassed to profess my man-crush (or is it boy-crush?) on Davidson’s Stephen Curry. This kid is simply amazing. He has single-handedly made this my favorite NCAA tournament in years. He is going Randolph Childress on the entire field. Insane.
It’s crazy to think that all of the ACC schools passed on this kid. I love Wayne Ellington as much as the next die-hard Heels fan, but I’d kill to have Curry at UNC playing the 2 this year.
Who cares if he has more points in the tournament than chest hair? He’s no boy. Stephen Curry is the freaking man!!! Go Wildcats!!!
I couldn’t let this great weekend of college basketball slide without thanking the Dookies for making this yet another great birthday weekend for me. Thanks again for putting the full measure of your infinite suckitude on display for the nation to see for the fourth straight year in a row.
Four years, you say? Why yes, I do. However did I arrive at that number? I arrived at it thanks to this handy Performance Against Seed Expectations (PASE) chart courtesy of ESPN’s own NCAA tourney stat guru Peter Tiernan.
The chart basically lays out the expected number of wins a team should have based upon it’s seed in the tournament, from a high of 3.36 wins for a #1 seed to 0.00 wins for a #16 seed.
Did you realize that over the last five years Dook has been seeded #2, #6, #1, #1, and #1? According to the chart we should expect 13.77 wins for Dook during this stretch. Guess how many they actually have?
Nine wins. A full 35% below the number of wins an average team would have in the tournament over the same stretch. The only reason they are even that good is because of their run to the Final Four in 2004 where Everybody’s All America JJ Redick shot a whopping 4-12 from the field en route to an utter waxing at the hands of the eventual champion UConn Huskies.
The numbers don’t lie. When it comes to putting their money where their mouth is, Duke is an utter joke over the last five years. Hopefully the selection committee is going to wake up and stop rewarding them these high seeds until they can prove that they actually deserve them.
And before you start with me, Carolina has been seeded #1, #1, #3, #1, and #6 over the last 5 years. This year isn’t over yet because UNC actually kicked the living crap out of both teams they played this weekend instead of being an errant pass away from losing to a #15 seed and then losing handily to the #5 team in the Big East. That said, we won’t know yet how Carolina will play against its seed in 2008. Over the last 4 years they should have 9.77 wins and they have 11, six of those courtesy of the 2005 National Championship. Werd.
If you count this year, Carolina should have 13.13 wins since 2004 by the time the 2008 tournament is over, and they’re at 13 through this weekend, so a win over Washington State this week puts them ahead of the game. So if they lose on Thursday, you can come back and tell me that they’re overrated too… .01% overrated, mind you, not 35% overrated. But I digress…
Anyway, my point as usual is that Dook sux and Carolina is teh rulez. Good times.