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Bringing the pain

December 29, 2008 11:33 am by donald

Georgetown’s next three games:

  1. Today (Dec. 29) at Connecticut (#2)
  2. 1/3/2009 vs. Pittsburgh (#3)
  3. 1/5/2009 at Notre Dame (#8)

That’s as hard a three-game schedule as they get. But this will be commonplace in the Beast this year. Look at how Marquette ends their Big East schedule:

  1. 2/21/2009 at Georgetown (#12)
  2. 2/25/2009 vs Connecticut (#2)
  3. 3/1/2009 at Louisville (#19)
  4. 3/4/2009 at Pittsburgh (#3)
  5. 3/7/2009 vs Syracuse (#17)

I just hope that Big East teams will have something left for the NCAAs.

Addendum: It looks like I missed Rutgers, who lost against UNC this weekend, and is playing Pittsburgh (#3), and UCONN (#2) this week. Apparently, this is the first time that’s ever happened (three consecutive games against the top three ranked teams). Read more here.

The biggest. The baddest.

November 26, 2008 3:44 am by donald

Tonight’s results erased any doubt which conference is the best in the country.

Let’s also not forget that South Florida beat High Point 59-46. Those Panthers from High Point put up a fight.

Tomorrow’s UNC-ND game could not be larger. If things go the Beast’s way, we could see something that seems awfully unprecedented: four of the top five teams in the nation belonging to a single conference, namely the Big East. Currently, the top five teams in the country are: (1) UNC, (2) UCONN, (3) Louisville, (4) Pittsburgh, (5) Michigan State. It’s not crazy to think that if ND can beat (6) Texas and (1) UNC back-to-back that they’ll leapfrog Michigan State and Duke.

Needless to say, it’s an exciting, exciting time to be a Big East fan. Next week there will be eight Big East teams in the top 25. It’s early, but that’s downright sick.

One prediction from the Nostradonaldmus: by season end, Tory Jackson of Notre Dame will arguably be the best guard in the Big East. He’ll also have a small chance to go pro.

Debunking “experts”, disturbing trends

March 20, 2008 11:30 am by donald

When it comes to NCAA Tournament selection, there are no experts. Dick Vitale — he’s no expert. Jay Bilas — he’s no expert. Pat Forde…again, no expert. Big Willie…certainly not an expert.

Year in and year out, though, we hear the same talking heads on ESPN, giving us the “breakdown” of games and espousing “bracketology.” It’s mostly a bunch of nonsense. I’m not saying these people don’t know what they’re talking about — I love to hear Jay Bilas break down the intracacies of a game and enjoy hearing ex-coaches expose a bit of what goes on behind the scene, but I think a significant component of what happens in the NCAAs is random. Over a long enough run, I would bet that nobody beats picking higher seeds in a statistically significant way.

This is partly why it angers/saddens me that SportsCenter, a show I used to absolutely love, looks more like “The View” than a sports highlight show. Show us the highlights in a half hour. We watch because of the athletes and the game, not because of Stephen A. Smith.

Pyrrhic Victor-y

December 12, 2007 10:43 am by Mister D

This one from the old news department. I hadn’t been aware of the story until now, so forgive me if you’ve seen this already.

In March of last year, the New York Times did a feature on former Georgetown jump-out-of-the-gym guard, Victor Page. Most of you remember Page as the prolific scorer with bad teeth who was the heir apparent to Iverson. Like Iverson, he had a big nose for trouble. Unlike Iverson, the lefty went undrafted when he left college after his sophomore year.

After a 4-year stint in the CBA with Sioux City and another stint in Europe, he found himself back on the streets of D.C. in 2003…

…where he was shot. Three bullets. One in his leg. One in his chest. And one in his right eye.

Victor Page

As of the article’s publishing, Page seems to have started to turn things around, despite having been shot again in the leg in the summer of 2005. He’s giving motivational speeches through the Urban League, presumably stressing the importance of staying out of trouble. Sadly, had he been given this advice 11 years ago when he was the Big East Tournament’s MVP, things might have turned out differently for Page.

Francis Ford Cipolla

November 8, 2007 1:18 pm by Mister D

So it’s been in the news for a while, but ever slow on the uptake, we here at Big East Hoops hadn’t seen it until just recently.

It turns out that former ‘Cuse sharp-shooter Jason Cipolla has been dating Soprano’s star Lorraine Bracco for over, like, 5 years now. Cipolla was a behind-the-scenes driver for the show; Bracco was on screen, playing the mob-boss’s psychiatrist Dr. Jennifer Melfi. Psychoanalyze this, though: Bracco is 52 compared to Cipolla’s 31.

Cradle robber or Sugar Momma? (not that the two are mutually exclusive)

We congratulate Jason. Though he couldn’t make the NBA, he chose the next best thing…the AARP.

Kidding, of course. Best to both. Love the show.