Yes, now that the, yawwnnnnn, Olympics are finished, it’s time to do what all moderate-sports-enthusiasts do this time of year and check on our favorite NCAA basketball teams. I know that most fanatical-sports-enthusiasts have been keeping up with their teams since the season began, but let’s face the facts. When it comes to NCAA basketball, there is no real point in following until the end of the season to see if our favorite teams will make the Big Dance. That’s when the game really becomes important. The Big Dance really reduces the season to nothing more than a qualifying round. This why so many people ignore the season until the Big Dance approaches, as it is now, especially since we are into March, hence, March Madness.
This is another reason that I have changed my mind about a playoff in football. As the current football season stands, every game is important because what bowl you end up in can be changed by the matter of one game. For instance, had my Aggies won one more game this season, they might have stayed out of that pathetic bowl in Shreveport. But alas, they didn’t and got drubbed in Shreveport by the Georgia Bulldogs. The point is that every game matters. If we switch to a playoff system, then not every game matters. What matters is win enough to get into the play offs. But I digress.
I actually got a jump on the rest of the moderate-sports-enthusiast
crowd by looking at my team last week. I discovered that my beloved Texas Aggies are actually ranked in the Top 25, at 22, just behind No.21 Texas. The two teams played Saturday, and the Aggies drubbed t.u., 78-56. The win gives the Aggies their 6th consecutive 20-win season. This is a very good streak for Aggie basketball, and helps their placing when it comes to the Big Dance. They face OSU and OU to close out the season. Wins over both teams would really help in the long run (and yes, I do note the contradiction in my argument here, concerning playoffs
). All this to say, it looks like the Aggies will make the Big Dance. Given the tulmutuous nature of the rankings, meaning that the No. 1 team keeps changing, there doesn’t seem to be a dominant team out there. Is there true hope for the Aggies this year? I don’t think so. Most of their losses have been on the road, and you need to be able to win on the road to do well in the Big Dance. But we will see.
So how is your team doing?
I know my old neighbor, Bud Pabst’s Syracuse Orange stand to make number one this week, after their victory over Villanova. They were ranked No. 4, but No. 1, Kansas, No. 2, Kentucky, and No. 3, Purdue all lost this past weekend.