As the final week of the regular season comes to a close, it’s time to return to our Tar Heel Panic-o-Meter one last time. When we last visited this concept back in early December, Carolina had an acceptable 4-2 record, with puzzling losses to Belmont and UAB. Inconsistency was the rule, not the exception, and wins at then #1 Michigan State and #11 Kentucky led to an 0-3 start in ACC play.
But a lot has changed since then- this isn’t the same team.
In what is now an annual tradition, the Confidential will have another bracket contest in 2014. We will give out a prize (at least one) to the winner! The prize(s) will be announced later.
If you think you know basketball, and as a fan of the ACC you SHOULD know basketball, let’s see how well you can do against other fans of ACC schools. Go here:
Oh, and good luck. You’ll need it.
The Confidential’s latest Bracketology post.
Let’s have some fun projecting the NCAA’s top 4 seeds for the Big Dance. This is based on what the Confidential thinks will happen… not going by “if the season ended today.” Projecting out how the regular season tournaments will finish and what the committee will actually do. We limit it to the seeded teams.
30+ years ago, George Brett takes issue with a call by an official.
This author has been following sports for about 40 years now. The officials have always been a subject of controversy in sports. Here is one opinion on the 10 worst calls in officiating. Few are recent. Most of these go back to an era before instant replay, before sports blogs, and before Twitter. Now, as noted by Pat Forde (who this author does not generally agree with): “Twitter, message boards and call-in shows are veritable forest fires of ref-bashing both during and after games.” This is true. If you follow Twitter feeds for two fan bases during a game, you would come to a conclusion that the refs of <insert league> are incompetent and biased in favor of <insert opponent>. Nobody loses anymore, they lose to the opponent and a bunch of bribed, incompetent, script-following officials. Obviously, this is not true. But respected and successful blogger Sean Keeley (Troy Nunes is an Absolute Magician) tweeted a good point:
One of the things that is frustrating is that coaches have to answer to the media after a loss. This can involve judgment calls–why did you call that timeout, why did you not call that timeout, why not play a backup, etc. In general, officials do not. And when Jim Joyce cost the Detroit Tigers’ Andres Gallaraga a no-hitter, his tearful admission of error and apology was, somehow, comforting enough to make it a non-issue. Human beings, for all their faults, are able to forgive someone who admits an error and is sincerely contrite. Are we at a point where there is so much media (formal and social) that officials should want to be in front of the media for their own sake?
The Confidential has devoted a lot of time and space to the Syracuse Orange. Once 25-0 and ranked #1, this made sense. But today’s matchup between the Virginia Cavaliers and Syracuse left no doubt which team deserves the regular season crown. It’s Virginia… who rolled over Syracuse, 75-56, on the way to a 16-1 regular season and championship.
Update: With Credit to Bleedinorange44, and some further analysis by the author, here is a revised version!
With the outstanding ratings being drawn by Syracuse-Duke, the question that begs is whether the ACC can configure the schedule to allow Duke-Syracuse to play annually, without interfering with other obligations and rivalries. The Confidential has a proposal.
One of the great things about all sports is that the result unfolds in front of you. It is not an episode of… let’s just say… Law and Order… where there is an ending pre-written and you just wonder where someone has pre-ordained your emotions to go. No, when it is 8:50 p.m. for a game that starts at 7:00 p.m., the ending remains unknown. Unless, of course, one team has a lead that is insurmountable. Even then, however, there is still the potential for a “moment.” Each season will have some close games. The 2013-2014 edition of Syracuse basketball is seemingly only close games. Last night kept that streak of nailbiters, alive, with Syracuse returning to its winning ways, defeating Maryland 57-55.