Thursday, March 02, 2006

College Hoops Talk

Florida State beat No. 1 Duke 79-74 last night. This loss ended Duke's (27-2, 14-1 ACC) chance at an unbeaten ACC season (To quote Jerry Seinfeld...That's a shame). Florida State (18-8, 8-7 ACC) more than likely sealed up a berth in the NCAA tournament with the win.

By George
George Washington (25-1) beat St. Bonaventure 89-78 last night for their 17th win in a row.

Georgetown (19-7) closes out their regular season at South Florida on Saturday.

George Mason (22-6) begins play in the Colonial Athletic Association tournament this Saturday.

Terps Update
Maryland beat Miami last night 65-61. Technically they are still alive for an NCAA berth at 17-11, 7-8 ACC but I can't see more than five teams going from the ACC at this point.(Duke, North Carolina, Boston College, NC State and Florida State). Maryland needs a win at Virginia this weekend and would need to win a game, maybe two in the ACC tournament to get in the NCAA tournament. The game against Virginia (14-12, 7-8 ACC) will be tough as this is the Cavaliers last game ever at University Hall and they'll be pumped. The Cavs are moving to new digs next season, the John Paul Jones Arena across the street from U-Hall.

If the Terps fail to make the NCAA's for the second year in a row, there is always the NIT. Last year's Terrapins made the semifinals of the NIT. If they go to the NIT I expect an NIT title this year. Why?

In the past Gary Williams has followed up a Final Four appearance with a title.

2001: NCAA Final Four, lost in Semifinals
2002: NCAA Champion

2005: NIT Final Four, lost in Semifinals
2006: NIT Champion ?

I threw that up on the Terps Sports bulletin boards yesterday and drew a few chuckles but in all seriousness, I hope they can squeak out an NCAA bid.

5 comments:

Mom in South Carolina said...

...and not a word about Coastal Carolina's loss to Winthrop. Remember where your mom is!

Bill-DC said...

George Update:

Mason beat Georgia State 61-56 in OT and plays Hofstra tomorrow in the CAA semifinals.

Washington beat Charlotte in a wild OT game today 86-85 to finish 26-1.

Town lost to South Florida today 63-56. Embarassing defeat as South Florida, 6-22 going into the game, won its first conference game of the year.

Bill-DC said...

Bummer about Coastal Carolina. Winthrop, in addition to being a stuffy middle name, has a pretty good hoops program and is going to the NCAA's for their sixth time.

Also, the Southern Conference held it's tournament in Charleston SC. Elon came within two wins of going to The Big Dance but lost to Davidson today.

aaron said...

About time my 'Noles won a game against a top team -- they'd already lost by 3 to UNC to go with an earlier, one-point OT loss at Duke. I hope they win at least one game in the ACC tourney (Wake is down this year, but the game's in Greensboro), which should sew up their NCAA berth. A win in the next round against NC State would completely lock it up.

Bill-DC said...

Aaron,

Thanks for stopping by. I think the 'Noles are in but get that 1st round tourney win and it's a done deal. Leonard Hamilton has done a nice job since he's been there. Enjoy the games!