God what a terrible pun. Sorry, it’s 2am.
Make no mistake, though, tonight’s loss is going to have significant consequences for SU’s tournament hopes. With another close loss to a ranked team, the Orange are rapidly becoming the team that can only win games in which they are favored. This was a big part of the problem last year. Tonight’s game was a blown chance to get a win over a respected opponent. Similar to the Georgetown game, but on not quite as high a level (not just because of the caliber of opponent but because this was a Dome game). This was even a surprise “bonus chance”, since only a few weeks ago nobody expected UConn to bust into the top 20. But, even though if Donte Greene makes just a couple of those shots, we might be celebrating tonight (again an eerie parallel to the GU game), there is in truth little positive that we can take away from this one. Instead we are left to hope that Pitt doesn’t slip too far in the standings by the time we get a crack at them.
Now is as good a time as any to introduce the first installment of the brand new Cuse Country Tourna-Meter. In the tradition of Charles Spearman’s intelligence testing, I am going to carefully analyze all the factors that may affect SU’s chances of getting into the NCAA tournament, and express that detailed and nuanced analysis by choosing a single value on a linear scale, and then represent it graphically.
Well, that’s what I plan to do. For now, I’m just going to go with my gut feeling following the UConn game. So without further ado, the Tourna-Meter:
I’d say right now we’re holding onto the bottom of the bubble. And it’s beginning to get slipperier.
And yes, that is DeShaun Williams.