Today we have a special guest blogger. His name is Mike Jarvis.
People who oppose this argument might cite St. John’s demolishing of Duke. Other than this win I cannot think of any other marquee wins out of conference for the Big East once their conference schedule started. And while it was an impressive win and I do not want to take anything away from St. John’s, Duke did miss a lot of shots they would normally make. At one point they were 1 for 21 from beyond the arc until they hit a few more threes in garbage time. Ultimately, who is still in the tourney?
Do the Big East teams wear each other out throughout conference play and the conference tournament? I don’t think so. By this logic UConn would have been knocked out in the first round of the NCAA tournament. I mean they did just win five straight games in the “brutal” Big East tournament. Instead, they won their first two games of this year’s tournament en route to seven straight wins. Now they have as good of a chance as anyone to make the Final Four.
While two teams from the Big East in the Sweet 16 is tied for second most of any other conference, it is only two out of the original 11 teams selected to the tournament. Also, how did those two Big East teams make it to the Sweet 16? They did so by beating two other Big East teams. I don’t know what the problem is. Maybe the Big East style of play is so much different from every other conference that come tournament time they have trouble handling out of conference teams. But, the bottom line is the Big East has not lived up to expectations in this year’s NCAA tournament and it appears the conference was overrated.
For my (TheSportsKraze’s) opinion on this subject matter, please check my post from about 3 weeks ago (https://sportskraze.wordpress.com/2011/02/27/give-the-big-east-a-break/).
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