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Discussion in 'Nuttin' but Net' started by gatordavisl, Mar 13, 2014.
OBTW, northern Minnesota is for hardy people, you have my respect.
That's not exactly true in MN. And might not be true in WI and MI. Hockey reigns supreme up here. For whatever reason, basketball is bigger in IN, IL and KS, but I don't see that as a huge advantage over kids in southern states who can also play basketball year round. If it were an advantage, why do teams in FL, AZ, and CA win championships (not to mention UNLV)? The biggest disadvantage southern hoops programs might face is the dominance of football culture.
Thanks! Moving here after living in Gainesville for seven years has been a difficult transition. Yesterday it reached upper 40s and I was ready to grab my shorts and tshirt and run outside!
I understand completely. Spent two years in South Dakota. 0 degrees tempted me lol
It's really weird that people think Kentucky beating Michigan on a last second shot proves that Vanderbilt was better than Indiana.
This is a good point and I don't think anybody claimed the SEC is better than the Big10, only that the difference in quality is not as extreme as the ratings and commentators suggest.
I don't know that Vandy (typically the 4th/5th best team in the SEC) and Indiana (typically a top 3/4 team in the Big10) are the best comparison. Better comparisons might include Mizzou, Arkansas, or LSU. Inside the #s:
Indiana 17-15, rpi 99 bpi 69
Mizzou 22-11, rpi 47 bpi 52
Arkansas 21-11, rpi 68, bpi 52
LSU 19-13, rpi 80, bpi 59
Some idiot on the radio this morning said that UF and UK making the Final Four says a lot for those programs, but everyone has said all along that the SEC is a two team league. Huh? What about Tennessee making the Sweet 16 and almost getting to the Elite 8?