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2/6/07 in NCAABB   |   CriticalFanatic   |   respect

Kevin Durant entertained last night, but Texas A&M put on the show. Our Big 12 correspondent, senecasfinest, knew this long ago so forgive me if I've finally bought in. The Aggies are GOOD.

So good in fact, that I'm joining Just Call Me Juice and penciling A&M in as a final four squad. I'd give you my own reasons, but he pretty much nailed them all:
Clutch Star Player - Acie Law (21 points 15 assists vs Texas) is the kind of leader you need to win a championship. The way that he does the little things to win games reminds me of Joakim Noah last March.

Coach - In my opinion, Billy Gillispie is the best coach in college basketball today. That's right, the best.

Other Scoring Options - Joseph Jones (13 ppg), Josh Carter (12 ppg) and Antanas Kavaliauskas (12 ppg) means that teams can't just key on Law.

Mentally Tough - Have played well against the big boys (Win at Kansas, 3 point loss at UCLA).

Defense - Outside of the Texas game, best half-court defense in the Big 12.

Upperclassmen Leadership - When so many teams play predominately freshmen and sophomores, I always love to a tournament team that is led by upperclassmen (Seniors Law, Pompey and Kavaliauskas and Junior Joesph Jones).
I don't know if he was placing thought in order of importance. If so, I'd place defense on top right next to coaching, and then sneak in talented, experience backcourt. We all know how important that is coming tourney time.

Durant was still a stud last night against this talented team, but while he's shifting his focus to the NBA in late March the Aggies will still be dancing. Are you buying?

Source: (Just Call Me Juice)
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2/6/07   |   huskerdoug2009   |   2745 respect

CriticalFanatic wrote:
Well I doubt Butler counts, but a tourney run would still be just as captivating.

You have some biggers schools like BYU, Air Force

Here's some smaller schools to keep an eye on:
Winthrop (19-4) ... hung with UNC for 38 minutes earlier
Vir Commonwealth (20-4) ... from the same conference as GM. Fun style of play
Drexel ... just because FX will call me out if I don't mention them ;)
Pick any MVC team ... honestly.

That is one reason that I am looking forward to Drexel @ Creighton during Bracket Buster.  I believe both will get in no matter the outcome but game will be fun to watch none the less.

2/6/07   |   CPops

Winthrop took Wisconsin to OT in Madison earlier this year, too.  They lost 82-79. 

 

I am a little nervous about my Bears matchup with them in the Bracket Buster.  One thing is for sure, it will be high scoring!  

 

Winthrop 74.3 ppg 

Missouri State 76.4 ppg

2/6/07   |   CriticalFanatic

huskerdoug2009 wrote:
Who is the early favorite to be George Mason this year then?  I think if they get in George Mason could do it again.

Well I doubt Butler counts, but a tourney run would still be just as captivating.

You have some biggers schools like BYU, Air Force

Here's some smaller schools to keep an eye on:
Winthrop (19-4) ... hung with UNC for 38 minutes earlier
Vir Commonwealth (20-4) ... from the same conference as GM. Fun style of play
Drexel ... just because FX will call me out if I don't mention them ;)
Pick any MVC team ... honestly.

2/6/07   |   huskerdoug2009   |   2745 respect

CriticalFanatic wrote:
Not even close. A&M is 6th in the country right now. George Mason was out of the average fans conscious before last March.

A&M would still be a surprise as they've had zero success for over 20 years until lately. But not that big of a surprise.

Who is the early favorite to be George Mason this year then?  I think if they get in George Mason could do it again.

2/6/07   |   Pat   |   5134 respect

huskerdoug2009 wrote:

If Texas A&M has a good run are they no different than any other big school doing it or would they be placed in the same catagory as George Mason last year?

No way. George Mason was never ranked in the single digits.

2/6/07   |   CPops

huskerdoug2009 wrote:

If Texas A&M has a good run are they no different than any other big school doing it or would they be placed in the same catagory as George Mason last year?

A&M would have to be considered a big school coming from the Big XII.  But teams like Nevada and Butler, that are pretty highly ranked... that would be interesting.  I figure any small conference team seeded higher than 6th which I think Nevada and Butler could be at this point, can't really be viewed as that big of a Cinderella until they make the Elite Eight.  Up until that point, they would be expected to win.  But that might just be me?? 

2/6/07   |   CriticalFanatic

huskerdoug2009 wrote:

If Texas A&M has a good run are they no different than any other big school doing it or would they be placed in the same catagory as George Mason last year?

Not even close. A&M is 6th in the country right now. George Mason was out of the average fans conscious before last March.

A&M would still be a surprise as they've had zero success for over 20 years until lately. But not that big of a surprise.

2/6/07   |   huskerdoug2009   |   2745 respect

CPops wrote:
Yeah, I don't either.  CF just had a blog asking everyone to give their pre season picks for the Final Four and one sleeper team.  Nevada was my sleeper pick. 

If Texas A&M has a good run are they no different than any other big school doing it or would they be placed in the same catagory as George Mason last year?

2/6/07   |   CPops

huskerdoug2009 wrote:
As long as Fazekas stays healthy for Nevada they will have a good run, don't know about final four though.

Yeah, I don't either.  CF just had a blog asking everyone to give their pre season picks for the Final Four and one sleeper team.  Nevada was my sleeper pick. 

2/6/07   |   huskerdoug2009   |   2745 respect

CPops wrote:

Just have to brag  ... picked them back in the pre-season for the Final Four!!  Florida, Texas A&M and my sleeper, Nevada, all look good for me so far...  might need to re-think Arizona and Alabama at this point. 

 

http://www.faniq.com/blog.php?id=626#comments&new=1new

 

 

As long as Fazekas stays healthy for Nevada they will have a good run, don't know about final four though.

2/6/07   |   CPops

Just have to brag  ... picked them back in the pre-season for the Final Four!!  Florida, Texas A&M and my sleeper, Nevada, all look good for me so far...  might need to re-think Arizona and Alabama at this point. 

 

http://www.faniq.com/blog.php?id=626#comments&new=1new

 

 

2/6/07   |   huskerdoug2009   |   2745 respect

I have to admit, I thought the win against Kansas was a fluke then I saw the score against Texas come across the screen and now will pay attention to them before filling out any of my Tournament brackets!  By the way those brackets are for fun, not money.

2/6/07   |   Phillygenius82   |   187 respect

I think the biggest part of this is upperclassmen leadership. I don't really folow Big 12 basketball but even I knew who Acie Law was the last few years. That does alot for teams when you're led by guys who've been through the battles of conference play before.