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elentar
Aug 26, 2002

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KICK BAMA KICK posted:

If you ask me, attorney Leslie Ballin needs to do less lyin', and more ballin'.

Ballin don’t lie

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Aug 26, 2002

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Virginia shot 4 of 25 from 3 and still won by 31 tonight against an admittedly pretty bad team. This will not be a good offensive team and they will not win any titles but it might be the best defense of Tony Bennett’s career and it is going to be so great watching people try to deal with it.

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Aug 26, 2002

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MourningView posted:

you should root for your team to win but going full on "ohh does using the full shot clock trigger you????" is very annoying!

Last year’s team was pretty darn exciting on both ends! But of course it’s going to be fun watching a Duke or UNC team packed with 5-star recruits completely fail to figure out how to get off a shot. Why wouldn’t it be?

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Aug 26, 2002

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kittenmittons posted:

Virginia basketball is exciting in the way Heather Heyer getting mowed down is exciting.

Having observed that event from about 30 feet away I can assure you it was not exciting in the least, nor does it have any business in a comparison, however glib, with college sporting events.

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Aug 26, 2002

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Kenpom had Kentucky winning by 25, year's first 99% upset. (Some years don't get even one of those.)

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Aug 26, 2002

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gently caress the NCAA
https://twitter.com/TheAndyKatz/status/1195016649860145155?s=20

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Aug 26, 2002

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iospace posted:

gently caress Duke and the NCAA

mods need this slight alteration on the thread title plz

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Aug 26, 2002

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NC State signed Josh Hall, who's a 5-star player on a few of the rankings. Plenty of time for everything to go wrong, of course.

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Aug 26, 2002

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https://twitter.com/MarkEnnis/status/1197278567912136704?s=20

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Aug 26, 2002

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The best part of the first two months of the season is looking at the non-D1 schools that lovely D1 schools schedule as guarantee games to actually get a home game this time of year. For instance, VMI won 96-20 tonight against Christendom College which, if you're blissfully aware, was founded in the 70s on the explicit basis of being a US institution promoting the thought of pro-Franco Catholic fascist Brent Bozell. They have almost 500 students in the whole school, refuse federal funding so they're not subject to Title IX, and have completely sex-segregated dorms, so sounds like a good opponent to take on!

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Aug 26, 2002

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oystertoadfish posted:

cultish organization with a basketball team? reminds me of the jonestown basketball team. they escaped the massacre because they were losing to the guyanese national team! at least i assume it was a loss, nobody ever talks about the result. i remember watching a game with university of san diego in it when they had the grandson of jim jones playing, like 12 years ago

That’s fascinating, I know a decent amount about Jonestown but never ran into that bit.

There’s so so many tiny little schools, many of them weirdo fundie ones of one stripe or another, and they all apparently have basketball teams and that’s enough to get them onto the radar of large-scale universities.

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Aug 26, 2002

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RC and Moon Pie posted:

N: gently caress Duke

V: gently caress Duke

e: If you also need to giggle at Barstool chuds

https://twitter.com/BarstoolBDevils/status/1199471296859557888

the intersection of "Barstool content producer" and "Duke basketball fan" has got to be one of the worst Venn diagram slices out there.

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Aug 26, 2002

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Another angle because you know you want it https://twitter.com/bunkieperkins/status/1199555689246601217?s=21

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Aug 26, 2002

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oystertoadfish posted:

maybe I'm biased but I think the UMBC one in the tournament, a 16 beating a 1, was the biggest upset of the decade

By cold numbers alone, this is the biggest of the Kenpom era. UMBC was a better team playing at a neutral site, so they had about a 3% chance as against the 0.2% chance of SFA winning at Duke. But in context, sure, breaking the 16 vs. 1 streak is the biggest, especially since no one will care about this game in March.

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Aug 26, 2002

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Jordan Nwora has taken huge strides forward this year. Who thought it was a good idea to let Louisville get this good again this quick?

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Aug 26, 2002

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Vandy and Texas A&M are both really loving bad.

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Aug 26, 2002

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gently caress Maryland but I will say that being at a Big Ten school is fantastic because they will ship you almost any book from any B10 library in like two days.

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Aug 26, 2002

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Kyle Guy, De’Andre Hunter, and Ty Jerome, for a start

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Aug 26, 2002

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Adun posted:

It would be a very impressive registration date on these dead gay forums if I was a college student.

Like those insufferable parents starting Facebook profiles for their newborns to turn over to them when they got their teens

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Aug 26, 2002

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NC State pissed away a double-digit lead at a decent Greensboro team and looked like they were headed for an OT they would probably lose. Then Markell Johnson did this:
https://twitter.com/accmbb/status/1206338150106316800?s=20
(The best part is one of the homer announcers saying "Nope" right as the ball left his hand)

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Aug 26, 2002

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Yeah if they’re gonna have this offense and give up 70 points to South Carolina, it’s safe to write them off for this year.

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Aug 26, 2002

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Iowa State lost to Florida A&M, and they really shouldn’t.

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Aug 26, 2002

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UNC lost at home to a bad Georgia Tech team and I’m clinging to how bad they are because it distracts me from how State is gonna have to fire Keatts and start all over again BBC and the cycle will never end.

Also Florida State won at Louisville and they’re looking really dangerous? But I think the ACC as a whole is just a mess this year, and not in the too-good title-winning way.

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Aug 26, 2002

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I don’t think anyone in this sport is 100% clean but Tony Bennett getting wins stripped for anything would surprise me more than probably any other coach out there. At least besides the ones the NCAA wouldn’t dare punish for other reasons.

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Aug 26, 2002

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Jeff the Mediocre posted:

Don't worry, they'll beat clemson this weekend

If they lose that one then apocalypse is near, they won the home game against Clemson even in the otherwise glorious 8-20 season.

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Aug 26, 2002

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Hell of a few days for Clemson.

Relatedly, the ACC is a loving mess.

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Aug 26, 2002

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Whole lotta ranked teams going down again today. Tournament this year is going to be an utter bloodbath, should be great so long as it doesn’t clear a path for Duke to win.

Also UNC got blown out at Pitt, is now below .500, and is 89th in Kenpom so that’s pretty hilarious too.

elentar fucked around with this message at 20:06 on Jan 18, 2020

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Aug 26, 2002

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NC State won in Charlottesville for the first time since I think 2005. Pretty big win even given UVA’s smoking crater of a season.

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Aug 26, 2002

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He completely abandoned the style that made VCU a terror to play, Texas is routinely among the slowest teams in the country. It’s sort of bewildering.

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Aug 26, 2002

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It really looks like Bennett was counting on having Kyle Guy back this year, and probably would’ve if they hadn’t won the title. Obviously that’s a trade you’d make every time but it’s still a serious fuckup not bringing in at least one more pure shooter. Woldetensae so far is not getting the job done.

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Aug 26, 2002

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Was bound to happen:
https://twitter.com/cwilliamson44/status/1219818343223504898?s=21

Rick posted:

Good, the security guard should be there, the cop in paramilitary gear should not.

Literally nothing could’ve made that situation worse than a hepped-up cop deciding it was his time to do some thin blue line hero-act poo poo.

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Aug 26, 2002

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The ACC should only get 3 bids this year, maximum. Reallocate any remaining ones to the actually good conferences, or to any midmajor team that dunks constantly.

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Aug 26, 2002

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Tulsa is not good but they’ve found a bit of a backbone at home after the early season loss to Arkansas State.

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Aug 26, 2002

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As ever, gently caress the NCAA https://twitter.com/nathanfenno/status/1220068607075311616?s=21

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Aug 26, 2002

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A basketball court shaped like a trapezoid does seem like it would pose some difficulties, I’m surprised the rules allow for it

https://twitter.com/bigtennetwork/status/1223316546141020160?s=21

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Aug 26, 2002

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Villanova, Butler, and Seton Hall all lost at home today.

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Aug 26, 2002

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The Athletic posted today the Obi Toppin story we’ve all been waiting for, including a link to a 12-year-old Obi setting up an alley oop for his playground legend dad.

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Aug 26, 2002

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MourningView posted:

Bob Knight is a bad person and anyone who likes him is also bad.

All the puff pieces on his “return” to IU, coming “out of exile”, it’s all really stomach-turning. Why can’t all these people just die in obscurity

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Aug 26, 2002

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Peanut President posted:

evansville has now lost 12 in a row and has 0 (zero) conference wins, it was looking so good

scant consolation i know, but at least every loss makes the Kentucky upset that much funnier

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Aug 26, 2002

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Keatts has a good class coming in next year, so he won't get fired even if NC State misses the tournament in the weakest ACC in ages (especially since they're gonna have to fire the football coach next year and you really don't want your two highest-profile searches running concurrently). Still, it'd put way more pressure on next season than there probably needs to be.

At least the women's team is kicking rear end.

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