Thursday, January 12, 2012

UVA @ Duke tonight and why you should care

The Cameron Crazies have probably found Mike Scott's facebook page by now

As TCU fans, most of the big time college basketball games on ESPN are of little significance to us, unless you happen to have money on one of them. That's not the case tonight, though, as the 17th-ranked Virginia Cavaliers visit Cameron Indoor Stadium to take on the 6th-ranked Duke Blue Devils on ESPN at 8:00pm. That's because UVA might be TCU's ticket to postseason basketball.

Now, when I say "postseason basketball", don't misconstrue my words by thinking that I'm putting the Frogs on the NCAA bubble. They're a long way from that right now, but could (with a strong showing in their upcoming conference schedule) land a spot in the NIT or the lesser-known CIT or CBI. Before you turn your nose on those events, remember that it's been seven very long years since TCU has played any kind of postseason basketball beyond the conference tournament. Just like when SMU football fans went crazy about a Hawaii Bowl berth two years ago, TCU fans should be very appreciative of any invitation extended to our hoops team.

According to Joe Lunardi's latest NCAA Tournament Bracketology, the last four teams in the Big Dance are Florida State, Notre Dame, Arizona and Northern Iowa. Those four have an average RPI ranking of 56.75, which we'll round up to 57 for simplicity's sake. Using 57 as the estimated RPI cut-off for an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament and remembering that there are 72 total spots in the ancillary tournaments (32 in the NIT, 24 in the CIT and 16 in the CBI), the estimated cut-off for any postseason berth is 129. TCU currently has an RPI of #134, so it'd be a close call if the season were to end right now.

Back to why tonight's game is important- Virginia, at 14-1 on the season, has an RPI ranking of #39 and are currently projected as a #5 seed in the NCAA Tournament. That one loss, you'll remember, was to little ol' TCU way back on November 18th in the Virgin Islands. Jim Christian's squad is 10-5 currently, and their next-best victory after UVA is their 77-72 home win over Lamar, who currently has an RPI of #96. So as you can see, the win over the Cavaliers is far and away the most attractive line on the Frogs' postseason resume. A road win over Duke would be a major boon to Virginia, but that benefit would definitely trickle down to TCU.

I know this is all a HUGE stretch, but I am looking forward to having some kind of rooting interest in a big-time basketball game without having to have a financial stake in the outcome. Hopefully some day it won't have to be so convoluted, but if I've learned anything from Dr. Leo Marvin, it's to understand the importance of setting small, reasonable goals.

Never Forget.

We told you so.

I don't exactly remember when the whole "Craig James Killed Five Hookers While at SMU" thing became entrenched in the blogosphere and really took on a life of its own. I remember HOW it started - a simple amendment to James' wikipedia page discovered by EDSBS got it started - but not necessarily the exact moment when you couldn't think of James without immediately eulogizing those five poor, poor souls who gave their lives to satisfy James' carnal lust. My best guess, though? The moment James officially announced that he was running for Congress, which immediately ratcheted "Craig James Killed Five Hookers While at SMU" up the Google search pecking order and into the hearts and minds of America's James hating youth.

But while I more or less assumed the mania would die for a time after the initial madness as it did before, it actually seems to have gained steam as evidenced by this campaign contribution. Now, I realize the inherent irony of slandering James while at the same time giving him money, but in this case I'll make an exception. I'm not suggesting we should all go out and give money to James because clearly that would be counter-productive to the cause, but we've been kind of slacking in our mentioning that Craig James did, indeed, Kill Five Hookers While at SMU. Because, when Craig James Killed Five Hookers While at SMU, Craig James can't have really expected to have gotten away with Killing Five Hookers While at SMU, can he? After all, the slaying of Five Hookers By Craig James While at SMU, even in the wacky 80's, was never legal and when He, Craig James, Killed Five Hookers While at SMU he should have never expected to get away with Killing Five Hookers While at SMU. Who am I talking about killing Five Hookers While at SMU? Why Craig James, of course. The same Craig James who Killed Five Hookers while at SMU.

Craig James...



You get the idea. Do your bidding.

Meet the Future Frogs: Joey Hunt

The very first player to commit to being part of TCU's Recruiting Class of 2012 was Joey Hunt, a 6'3" 285lb defensive tackle from down in El Campo. He gave Coach Patterson his pledge on January 30th of last year, even before the 2011 class had put ink to paper on their own letters of intent.

Before last season started, Dave Campbell's Texas Football named Hunt one of the Top 30 defensive linemen in the state, as well as the preseason Defensive MVP for District 23-4A. He didn't disappoint, racking up 21 tackles for loss in the Ricebirds' ten ballgames. During that time, he picked up scholarship offers from Texas Tech, Stanford, Rice, Houston and others- but stuck to his word of wanting to become a Horned Frog.

I've heard some talk that Hunt may be looked at on the other side of the ball, assumably as a guard- but he looks like a D-tackle to me. Judge for yourself:

Morning Dump.