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Archive for February 2010

Last 4 In: Virginia Tech, Cincinnati, San Diego St., Marquette
Next 4 In: UAB, Florida St., Dayton, Texas Tech,
Bubble Out: Wichita St., Illiniois, Florida, South Florida, Mississippi, Memphis, Seton Hall, Mississippi St.

Conference (Conference Rank, # of teams) *Teams in Bold recieve automatic bids.
A10 (6; 6): Rhode Island, Temple, Dayton, Richmond, Xavier, Charlotte
ACC (3; 7): Duke, Clemson, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Florida St., Maryland, Virginia Tech
AmEast (25; 1): Stony Brook
Atlantic Sun (24; 1): Belmont
Big Ten (5; 4): Purdue, Wisconsin, Michigan St., Ohio St.
Big 12 (1; 8): Texas, Kansas St., Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Kansas, Oklahoma St., Baylor, Missouri
Big East (2; 8): West Virginia, Syracuse, Georgetown, Villanova, Pittsburgh, Louisville, Marquette, Cincinnati
Big Sky (17; 1): Weber St.
Big South (27; 1): Coastal Carolina
Big West (20; 1): UC Santa Barbara
CAA (12; 1): Old Dominion
Conf USA (11; 2): UAB, UTEP
Great West (33; 0):
Horizon (13; 1): Butler
Independent (31: 0):
Ivy (22; 1): Cornell
MAAC (15; 1): Siena
MAC (16; 1): Akron
MEAC (30; 1): Morgan St.
MVC (9; 1): Northern Iowa
MWC (7; 4): New Mexico, UNLV, BYU, San Diego St.
NE (29; 1): Robert Morris
Ohio Valley (19; 1): Murray St.
Pac-10 (8; 1): California
Patriot (28; 1): Lehigh
SEC (4; 3): Kentucky, Tennessee, Vanderbilt
Southern (18; 1): College of Charleston
Southland (26; 1): Sam Houston St.
Summit (21; 1): Oakland
Sun Belt (23; 1): Middle Tenn. St.
SWAC (32; 1): Jackson St.
WAC (10; 1): New Mexico St.
West Coast (14; 1): Gonzaga

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Last 4 In: Wichita St., Clemson, Louisville, Mississippi
Next 4 In: Texas Tech, Florida, Dayton, Oklahoma St.
Bubble Out: San Diego St., South Florida, Old Dominion, Marquette, Cincinnati, Notre Dame, Illinois, Cornell

Conference (Conference Rank, # of teams) *Teams in Bold recieve automatic bids.
A10 (7; 6): Rhode Island, Temple, Dayton, Richmond, Xavier, Charlotte
ACC (3; 6): Duke, Clemson, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Florida St., Maryland
AmEast (26; 1): Stony Brook
Atlantic Sun (24; 1): Belmont
Big Ten (5; 4): Purdue, Wisconsin, Michigan St., Ohio St.
Big 12 (1; 8): Texas, Kansas St., Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Kansas, Oklahoma St., Baylor, Missouri
Big East (2; 6): West Virginia, Syracuse, Georgetown, Villanova, Pittsburgh, Louisville
Big Sky (17; 1): Weber St.
Big South (27; 1): Coastal Carolina
Big West (20; 1): Pacific
CAA (12; 1): Northeastern
Conf USA (11; 2): UAB, UTEP
Great West (33; 0):
Horizon (13; 1): Butler
Independent (31: 0):
Ivy (21; 1): Princeton
MAAC (15; 1): Siena
MAC (16; 1): Kent St.
MEAC (29; 1): Morgan St.
MVC (9; 2): Northern Iowa, Wichita St.
MWC (6; 3): New Mexico, UNLV, BYU
NE (30; 1): Robert Morris
Ohio Valley (19; 1): Murray St.
Pac-10 (8; 1): California
Patriot (28; 1): Lehigh
SEC (4; 5): Kentucky, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Mississippi, Florida
Southern (18; 1): College of Charleston
Southland (25; 1): Sam Houston St.
Summit (22; 1): Oakland
Sun Belt (23; 1): Arkansas St.
SWAC (32; 1): Jackson St.
WAC (10; 1): Utah St.
West Coast (14; 2): Gonzaga, St. Mary’s

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**Getting to Know Your 2009 Iowa Hawkeyes is a regular feature on StatJunkie.  This feature will profile every player of the team unanimously predicted to finish 11th in the Big Ten:  the 2009 Iowa Hawkeyes.**

Anthony Tucker #1


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Anthony Tucker's mouth drops while surveying a vast collection of liquor.

  • Height:  6′-4″
  • Weight:  200
  • Class:  Sophomore
  • Position:  Shooting Guard
  • Hometown:  Minnetonka, MN
  • Nicknames:  The Rainman, The Drunk, Tipsy McPassout

Tucker came to Iowa after being named Metro Player of the Year by the Minneapolis Star Tribune, leading his team to a 28-3 record and a Minnesota state championship.  During his freshman year with the Hawks, Tucker appeared to be blossoming into a star as the team’s leading scorer averaging nearly 10 points, 3 boards, and  shooting 43% from beyond the arc through 14 games.  Yes, it appeared Iowa basketball had it’s next star-in-the-making.  Uh oh! Apparently Mr. Tucker had been taking as many shots in downtown Iowa City bars as he had been taking on the basketball court; A LOT.  In classic drunken hilarity, Tucker was found completely passed-out and unconscious in an alley behind a bar.  After being rushed to the nearest liquor store hospital, Tucker’s blood-alcohol level was determined to be more than twice the legal limit, or as physicians refer to it:  “Verne Troyer drunk“.  Oh yeah, he also had mono.

Tucker would sit out the remainder of the 2008-2009 season after becoming academically ineligible, but would remain on scholarship.  Beginning the 2009-2010 season, Tucker said all the right things, had grown up, felt embarrassed, would take responsibility of his actions’ and wouldn’t do anything else to hurt the University of Iowa.  Ohhhh shit.  Tucker’s 2nd public intox charge poured gallons of gasoline on the Hawkeyes’ fiery-train-wreck of a season, putting thousands of Iowa fans on suicide watch.

Tucker remains suspended for the time being, and no one knows if or when he will return to the basketball team this season.  God knows the Hawks need him on the court; almost more than Tucker needs a stiff drink by noon on a  Monday.

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1) Big time programs on the outside. North Carolina, Connecticut, Louisville, Memphis, UCLA, Arizona, Oklahoma.
It became clear early in the season that UCLA and Memphis were far from the teams they were in the past. Oklahoma hasn’t been able to put things together, reinforcing the importance of Blake Griffin to last year’s team. Arizona – see point #3. UNC, UConn, and Louisville have become the recent talk of the Bubble Watch.
The ACC remains strong, but UNC looks like a mess. If selection was last Sunday, UNC would have a 0.03% chance of receiving an at-large bid. One road win (at NC State, the worst team in the ACC), a 2-4 conference mark, and a StatJunkie RPI of 76 make this UNC team very unattractive. The next three games won’t make tar-heel life any easier. At VT, at Maryland, and vs. Duke could seal Coach Williams NIT fate.
As of last Sunday, Louisville (21.1%) and UConn (14.4%) were both square on the bubble and out of the tourney. Louisville’s home win against UConn on Monday helps their case by putting them back over .500 in conference (5-4). But with no signature wins and only one road win (at Providence), Coach Pitino may have to beat one of the Big East top 5 to stake a tourney claim.
Apparently Coach Calhoun is the greatest coach of all time. UConn has lost 6 of its last 8 and now have a 3-6 conference record. The Big East may try to claim 10 teams this year, but for it to get more than 6, 6-10 have to start upsetting 1-5.

2) What happens when traditional powers fall off the map? Enter a flurry of mid-majors. Led by the A-10 (5) and the Mountain West (3), Mid-majors are claiming 11 at-large spots. A much higher total than the 4 that were selected last year. Mid-major locks include Butler, Northern Iowa, BYU, Xavier, New Mexico, Temple, and Rhode Island. Teams that should be in include UAB, Charlotte, and Gonzaga. Teams on the bubble with work left to do are UNLV, Richmond, San Diego St., Siena, Wichita St., Dayton, Cornell, St. Mary’s, Old Dominion, Utah St., Tulsa, and Northeastern.
The release of the Bracket Buster schedule feeds right into this conversation and here are the games that will impact the bubble. Friday 2/19, Old Dominion at Northern Iowa: This game means a lot more to ODU than it does to UNI as it pertains to selection Sunday. Saturday 2/20, Siena at Butler: repeat previous sentence with Siena in place of ODU. Saturday 2/20, Wichita St. at Utah St.: Both teams are fighting to make a case to the committee. A road win for Wichita St. would be huge for the RPI, and this will be the last and best chance for Utah St. to impress the committee.

3) Don’t look now, but Arizona is back in the mix. The team that killed my perfect prediction last year is sitting in a similar situation it was in 11 months ago. At 3.7%, the Wildcats are the ninth team out in this week’s prediction. However, at 3.1%, they were the eleventh team out last year. Is there something about the Arizona streak of tourney appearances that gets them an at-large nod? I claimed there was last year and I am nervous about it this year. To make things worse, the Pac-10 is awful and Arizona could easily finish second in the conference with a 12-6 record (18-12 overall). Will a second place Pac-10 team get a spot over a sixth place A-10 team? Yes. Do they deserve it? Not right now.

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Last 4 In: Texas Tech, Dayton, Cornell, Wichita St.
Next 4 In: San Diego St., Mississippi, Cincinnati, Maryland
Bubble Out: Florida, Old Dominion, Louisville, Connecticut, Marquette, South Carolina, Utah St., Arizona

Conference (Conference Rank, # of teams) *Teams in Bold recieve automatic bids.
A10 (6; 6): Rhode Island, Temple, Dayton, Richmond, Xavier, Charlotte
ACC (3; 6): Duke, Clemson, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Florida St., Maryland
AmEast (26; 1): Stony Brook
Atlantic Sun (24; 1): Jacksonville
Big Ten (5; 4): Purdue, Wisconsin, Michigan St., Ohio St.
Big 12 (1; 8): Texas, Kansas St., Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Kansas, Oklahoma St., Baylor, Missouri
Big East (2; 6): West Virginia, Syracuse, Georgetown, Villanova, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati
Big Sky (17; 1): Weber St.
Big South (27; 1): Coastal Carolina
Big West (21; 1): Pacific
CAA (12; 1): George Mason
Conf USA (11; 1): UAB
Great West (33; 0):
Horizon (13; 1): Butler
Independent (31: 0):
Ivy (20; 2): Cornell, Princeton
MAAC (15; 1): Siena
MAC (16; 1): Akron
MEAC (29; 1): Morgan St.
MVC (9; 2): Northern Iowa, Wichita St.
MWC (7; 4): New Mexico, UNLV, BYU, San Diego St.
NE (30; 1): Robert Morris
Ohio Valley (19; 1): Murray St.
Pac-10 (8; 1): California
Patriot (28; 1): Lehigh
SEC (4; 4): Kentucky, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Mississippi
Southern (18; 1): College of Charleston
Southland (25; 1): Sam Houston St.
Summit (22; 1): Oakland
Sun Belt (23; 1): Arkansas St.
SWAC (32; 1): Jackson St.
WAC (10; 1): Louisiana Tech
West Coast (14; 2): Gonzaga, St. Mary’s

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