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We have various threads on here that are dealing with Cuonzo's comments today, and none of them have mentioned something that, IMO, is really important for perspective.
For three consecutive years, Cuonzo's teams have fallen inches short of the tournament for three very different reasons.
His UT team would have gotten in three years ago, and his Missouri State team would have gotten in this season. But all three times it's gone the other way.
I don't think any of us could avoid taking that personally at some point. I know I would.
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One more thought: Cuonzo's past three teams are 65-36 overall and 36-16 in conference play — and two of those years in SEC — and none made the NCAA Tournament.
What do you personally think the snub stems from Wes?
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Well ... all three teams were on the bubble, and it is what it is once you take your fate out of your own hands.
The committee wants different things in different years. I hate that, and many coaches hate that, but that's just the way it is.
How bout this, score more than 48 pts, and beat bama, and dont worry about it. If you dont like that option, dont get swept by a 150 RPI georgia. Snub solved
This post was edited by BigOrangeBeer 13 months ago
Tom Penders had a tweet that if Bruce was still coach we would have gotten in. As he said, "Personality counts".
Penders is clueless at times, and worthless at other times...
Don't make the mistake of viewing UT in a vacuum. People do this way too much, IMO.
Compare their wins to the other wins, and their resume to other resumes.
Dont need to, if we beat bama Saturday, we were in. We were in a vacuum, and posted 20 second half points.
You're wrong. (And I'm not trying to sound rude.)
The committee chair basically said UT wouldn't have been in even with a win over Bama.
This post was edited by Wes Rucker 13 months ago
First Ive heard of that. Does that excuse our performance? Does that excuse our poor play early? My point is if CCM want to take it personal for not bubbling his way into the dance, win the games you should and leave them no choice but to take you. Sick of excuses, and whiney attitudes
Wes - Why is there so much confusion on the selection process? Joe Lunardi nailed the field this year and pretty much has done so for the last 3-5 years. Accuracy like he has had the past few years is not by accident. That tells me it is more of a science than art. It looks like the committee has a straightforward selection process that Lunardi and others have figured out. Yet the reasons they give for teams getting in or being left out seem to be very haphazard and deify logic. Is this a case of the committee using a system that Lunardi and others have figured out and for some reason not giving the real reasons involved in the process?
Great point Wes
We would be in, but not because of personality.
I posted last night what you echoed in the VIP room this a.m.: the committee seems to have an ever moving target about what it emphasizes from year to year.
Even if you get screwed, if the reason WHY is consistent, it's a lot easier to take than when it seems that every year, what hurts YOUR team THAT year is what they use to exclude you.
Of COURSE, we'd all take that personally. With the current makeup of college basketball, it can't be because he's black, so even though he can't play the race card, I sure can't blame him for reaching otherwise: "Maybe because I'm bald? Deep voiced? They don't like my taste in footwear? What the [bleep] is it about me and my teams that we always get kicked out?"
"Bravely taking to his feet, he beat a very brave retreat." Sir Robin's Minstrels.
That's not a guarantee. Billy Donovan and Calipari have missed the big dance before.... Pearl was eventually going to miss one... maybe two.... It could have been the last two... He would have missed it last year for sure...
If you have to keep saying you deserve to be in a week before the selections, you probably don't deserve to be in. I wanted us in the tourney as much as the next guy. If your trying to sell it before the picks are made, look out. I think Mississippi winning hurt us more than any other factor.
And God bless Coach Martin but I still miss Bruce. Was more fun watching that style of basketball!
I don't think anyone is whining, he's simply stating fact. The selection process is a joke. Until they get rid of the automatic tournament bids it will continue to be. It's unbelievable how watered down the tourney has become in my lifetime.
My sentiments exactly
Right, so maybe try scoring more than 38 points in back to back games. Or try being better than 11-7 in one of the worst seasons in SEC history. Maybe try doing better than 1-8 against Georgia, Alabama, Ole Miss, and Arkansas. Just a few thoughts out of many. There is a reason Cuonzo doesn't make the tournament, and hopefully there is nobody on this board dumb enough to believe it is because of the committee being biased towards Cuonzo, it is because he never wins enough games to get in. And when his teams have to win tournament games to get in they can't get it done.
You can drive yourself crazy trying to compare schedules. Did you beat team X early or late? Was player X injured when you beat them? Again, dont get swept by Ga, beat bama, and who knows what happens against Fla. Compare your record to your schedule, and other teams resume's wont matter if you take care of business.
Bottom line is we blew chances at Georgetown, Ole Miss, Bama, Kentucky, and Georgia. Win 3 or 4 of those road games, and we are in easily.
It is interesting to see all of the sentiment that was on the board in the middle of the season come back now, after weeks of silence. I would like to see everyone who posted something here admit that we were playing some damn good ball at the end of the season.
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