That splatting sound you heard last night was the University of Maryland men’s basketball team getting flattened by Virginia. Sunday’s ACC action also featured Virginia Tech (who were the topic of conversation in this space a couple days ago) losing at #24 Clemson on a pair of free throws with 4 seconds left. Not only will UVA’s win maybe give us another tiny klick in our RPI, but more importantly the losses by MD and VT pretty much knock those two teams into Deshaun Williams territory, and clear out a little bit of space on the bubble for SU and the other dozen or so teams trying for the last few at-large spots.
The bad news yesterday (also involving a team from Virginia): VCU lost in the Colonial tournament semis to William & Mary. This moves VCU onto the bubble with the rest of us. They don’t have any impressive wins (0-2 against the RPI top 50) but they were 15-3 in conference, 24-7 overall, and have only one really questionable loss, which was on the road. VCU is the longtime employer of one of my dad’s best friends, a man who went to graduate school with him at SU and who is the author of this book, a mystery novel set in Syracuse:
Here’s a synopsis I found online:
“The main character of this novel, Marty Fenton, is certainly not your typical sleuth. As a graduate student in psychology, he is far more comfortable with the challenge of a crossword puzzle than with violence or danger. However, in Majorski’s Ghost, set in Central New York, Marty’s curiosity and concern draw him into the most complex and dangerous puzzle he has ever encountered. When Fred Majorski disappears during a research interview, Marty is left with more questions than he began with. In his search to find out what has happened to Majorski, he is aided by Lou DeSantis, a police lieutenant with the vocabulary of a college professor, and by Olivia Tolliver, a sculptor who works in an art museum when not engaged in serious body building activities.”
Welcome to the bubble, Bobby! Declare your allegiance! THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE!