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PostPosted: 04/05/17 12:37 am    ::: FINAL FOUR 2018 Reply Reply with quote

List your favorites for the final four next season

My Picks
UConn
Tennessee
Notre Dame
Texas


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PostPosted: 04/05/17 7:49 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Depends on if Turner plays next year or not. Heard Muffet on TV last night say they are going to play it by ear and decide in the fall whether she'll play.

Surgery is the 12th.


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"She could miss the year," head coach Muffet McGraw said when pressed on Turner's time table for return from a torn ACL.


http://wsbt.com/sports/content/mcgraw-on-turner-she-could-miss-the-year



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PostPosted: 04/05/17 7:59 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

South Carolina will still have Wilson, so they are still a contender



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PostPosted: 04/05/17 8:22 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I'll do an E10 instead (hedging but it depends on how they set up the regions)

UConn
Notre Dame
Baylor
Duke
Ohio State
Mississippi State
Oregon
Stanford
Texas
Tennessee

It's true SC has Aja Wilson and she's the leading candidate for POY next year...but too many question marks around her. She will be living with triple teams. And Notre Dame will need to hope their incoming Freshman post can contribute right away and/or that they get Turner for the second half of the season...though sitting her out for the whole season is probably best for her. And Tenn has yet to prove they can do it even with a loaded roster. Everybody has question marks! In the PAC UCLA and Cal could also surprise. That's why they play the games.

If I had to narrow it down to 4, I guess it would be:
UConn
Baylor
Duke
Oregon at least get some new blood in there.

next would be
Tenn
OhSU

and the other 4 would round out my top 10
hmmm and Louisville should be in there somewhere too.



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PostPosted: 04/05/17 8:59 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I can't imagine Ohio State wouldn't be ten times more motivated to play at the FF especially with it being in their home town. Does anybody remember the magical run that the Butler men had in 2010 and attended classes on gamedays?


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PostPosted: 04/05/17 9:43 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

UConn, Texas, Baylor and UCLA


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PostPosted: 04/05/17 10:13 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

UConn
Notre Dame
Baylor

Really hard for me to pick a fourth team, but I'd say either South Carolina or Texas.


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PostPosted: 04/05/17 10:42 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

SDHoops wrote:
I can't imagine Ohio State wouldn't be ten times more motivated to play at the FF especially with it being in their home town. Does anybody remember the magical run that the Butler men had in 2010 and attended classes on gamedays?


I do remember Butler.

But, by that logic, shouldn't Texas and Baylor have been especially motivated to get to Dallas?

I know, it's not exactly the same — Ohio State is in Columbus and neither Texas nor Baylor are in Dallas but I think it's close.


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PostPosted: 04/05/17 12:26 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

South Carolina, Willson best player in college basketball, 2018 #1 draft pick, maybe the best back court in the nations.

Tennessee, a lot of talent, Diamond on a mission, Westbrook and Cooper should help them get back to the top of the SEC

Notre Dame could be better without Turner, having a guard like Thompson come in should help give them 2 scoring guards who will take majority of the shots.

Uconn, I could see them falling just short of the final four, I think next years team will have some chemistry issues.

Duke could be in the mix as well.
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PostPosted: 04/05/17 4:29 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

#Occasionalwnbafan wrote:
South Carolina, Willson best player in college basketball, 2018 #1 draft pick, maybe the best back court in the nations.


Say WHAT?

#Occasionalwnbafan wrote:

Notre Dame could be better without Turner, having a guard like Thompson come in should help give them 2 scoring guards who will take majority of the shots.


Uhhhhh, no. Notre Dame will not be better if Turner is unavailable or limited.


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PostPosted: 04/05/17 5:51 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

So Ohio State will be more motivated than other teams to get to the Final Four?

More motivated than UConn? More motivated than Baylor? More motivated than Tennessee?

I don't really think you can add much motivation to what the top teams already bring to the table. That's like saying one team "wants it more" -- it basically reduces to meaninglessness.

Everyone is motivated, and the top programs are top programs in great part because of that motivation. It's like saying the cherry on the top is the difference between the calorie count in one sundae as opposed to one without. It's just not going to make a difference ...



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PostPosted: 04/05/17 5:54 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

ClayK wrote:
So Ohio State will be more motivated than other teams to get to the Final Four?

More motivated than UConn? More motivated than Baylor? More motivated than Tennessee?

I don't really think you can add much motivation to what the top teams already bring to the table. That's like saying one team "wants it more" -- it basically reduces to meaninglessness.

Everyone is motivated, and the top programs are top programs in great part because of that motivation. It's like saying the cherry on the top is the difference between the calorie count in one sundae as opposed to one without. It's just not going to make a difference ...

Oh get over yourself. The McDonald's AA game was boring because all of your picks didn't make it so wah! Always nitpicking my posts...but George Mason made the Final Four when the Regionals were in their home-metro and SDSU women almost made their own regional when it was in their home-metro. Come on Clay, get off your high horse! There's no denying having games on your home court are an advantage let alone a chance to play for a national championship in the college's hometown.


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PostPosted: 04/05/17 7:21 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I'm not going to rule out Itty and the Vic-ettes either.



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PostPosted: 04/05/17 7:47 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I'm going go with
UConn
Notre Dame
Tennessee
Mississippi State

Other teams who could make it
Stanford (Tara could should up with a little league team and you couldn't count her out.)
Ohio State
South Carolina
Oregon
Texas
Baylor
UCLA



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PostPosted: 04/06/17 1:25 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

FF
UConn
Tenn
Texas
Baylor

next 4
UCLA
Louisville
Oregon
Ohio ST


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PostPosted: 04/06/17 9:42 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

In 36 years, 144 teams have made it to the Final Four.

I think these are the teams that made it to the Final Four in their home state:

Old Dominion (1983, Virginia)
USC (1984, California)
Western Kentucky (1986, Kentucky)
Texas (1987, Texas)
Penn State (2000, Pennsylvania)
Southwest Missouri State (2001, Missouri)
LSU (2004, Louisiana)
Baylor (2010, Texas)

(Did I miss any?)

Eight out of 144 doesn't sound like a particularly large proportion, although we'd have to do some math to see if it is higher than random.


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PostPosted: 04/08/17 6:20 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

UK1996 wrote:
I'm going go with
UConn
Notre Dame
Tennessee
Mississippi State

Other teams who could make it
Stanford (Tara could should up with a little league team and you couldn't count her out.)
Ohio State
South Carolina
Oregon
Texas
Baylor
UCLA


How is Oregon with all their returning talent not considered higher?


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PostPosted: 04/08/17 8:48 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

NFL1 wrote:
UK1996 wrote:
I'm going go with
UConn
Notre Dame
Tennessee
Mississippi State

Other teams who could make it
Stanford (Tara could should up with a little league team and you couldn't count her out.)
Ohio State
South Carolina
Oregon
Texas
Baylor
UCLA


How is Oregon with all their returning talent not considered higher?


Maybe there's some healthy skepticism about their hot tournament run. After all, shortly before that they ended the regular season with losses to Colorado and Cal. I'd say including them in a list of eleven is pretty generous when you compare them to other teams in that group.


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PostPosted: 04/09/17 8:42 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Tennessee
UConn
Notre Dame
Baylor


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PostPosted: 04/09/17 10:20 pm    ::: Re: FINAL FOUR 2018 Reply Reply with quote

basketballologist wrote:
List your favorites for the final four next season

Okay:
Baylor
Texas
Oklahoma
WVU

They would be MY 'favorites', as a Big 12 fan. Laughing

Now, I still bow to the magnificence of calling the Final 2 as you did, basketballologist, but to call NEXT year's FF is a reeeeally tough call, imo; I mean, would YOU have picked MS-State a year ago? But then, UConn, Stanford, and SC were all easy to see as FF teams, so....I just hate conceding that our tournament is so predictable.

I would realistically say this:
UConn and....
Baylor

After that? Maaaybe:
Tennessee
MS-State
Texas
Oregon (who, I'm willing to predict, will be the Gold Standard of the PAC12)
I'd almost bet SC will NOT be back--losing 3 starters is tough.



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PostPosted: 04/09/17 10:53 pm    ::: Re: FINAL FOUR 2018 Reply Reply with quote

Howee wrote:
I'd almost bet SC will NOT be back--losing 3 starters is tough.


Baylor is also losing three starters...



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PostPosted: 04/10/17 12:20 am    ::: Re: FINAL FOUR 2018 Reply Reply with quote

pilight wrote:
Howee wrote:
I'd almost bet SC will NOT be back--losing 3 starters is tough.


Baylor is also losing three starters...


UConn is losing the record smashing, 152-2, Chong-Lawlor Dynasty.

Texas
Stanford
Tennessee
UConn
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PostPosted: 04/10/17 11:08 am    ::: Re: FINAL FOUR 2018 Reply Reply with quote

pilight wrote:
Howee wrote:
I'd almost bet SC will NOT be back--losing 3 starters is tough.


Baylor is also losing three starters...


Baylor's guard problem is getting even worse next year.


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PostPosted: 04/10/17 11:34 am    ::: Re: FINAL FOUR 2018 Reply Reply with quote

ArtBest23 wrote:
pilight wrote:
Howee wrote:
I'd almost bet SC will NOT be back--losing 3 starters is tough.


Baylor is also losing three starters...


Baylor's guard problem is getting even worse next year.


They have Alexis morris coming in , i dont think it will be as bad as assumed . Although i think Mulkey should have nabbed Kennedy Carter from mansfield Timberview . Gary blair won that battle Sad Embarassed



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PostPosted: 04/10/17 12:46 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Miss State
Tenn
UCONN
Baylor


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