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Friday, January 25, 2008

Friday Night Questions and Answers

Got an hour or so before Lights, so let's see what I can get through. If you're not watching the show you're missing the best hour on TV. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, I feel for you. Remember you can send your questions to thefanblog@gmail.com. I'll try to answer them all.

Has Baylor done enough already to get in the Big Dance?

The answer is probably. The Bears got the great win at Texas A&M the other night. 5 OT's is something else. But its almost a given that the Big 12 will get a game like that each year now. Anyhow, Baylor would really have to collapse down the stretch not to get in. I think if they win they ones they should, or you'd expect, they'll Dance.

After Maryland's win over North Carolina you've got them in don't you?

No. Absolutely Not.

Who wins between Wisconsin and Purdue this weekend?

Well Wisconsin is the better team. But Purdue needs the win, plus its in West Lafayette. Winning on the road is so hard in conference play. I think Wisconsin would win this game 7 out of 10 times or so, but I think this might be one of the other three.

What's going to happen with the A-10?

Xavier is going to win it. That much we know. Unless they keep playing Temple. I like St. Joe's a lot. It is an interesting picture. UMASS, Rhode Island and Dayton all better be careful. Rhode and Dayton seemed like locks not too long ago, but 500 in the A-10 won't get it done. Still I think the conference can get four bids, but more likely three. St. Joe's and Charlotte are definitely contenders. In fact, when the dust settles, I'll bet Phil Martelli gets his team in because I think they have the ability to get better down the stretch.

What is UNLV's chance of getting an at-large bid?

The Rebels are close to getting an at-large bid at 14-4. But they probably can't lose more than 2, maybe three the rest of the way, if they are really serious about it. The RPI is 53, so they are on the cusp. But they only have two Top 100 wins and right now that loss at the Air Force Academy is the reason they probably wouldn't be included. But a win over San Diego State tommorrow would probably make them impossible to ignore.

You've got Marquette way up in the polls, Why?

I'm thinking, I'm thinking, I'm thinking. There is just something about the Blue and Gold that seems to click when I watch them. They have a good win over Wisconsin, a tough loss to one-loss Duke and they just keep hammering people. But they also keep losing games you would think they would win. Truth is they have a lot of question marks at the moment. But I keep seeing all the good.


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