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In retrospect, it shouldn't be a huge surprise that UCLA made the final 4. They underachieved throughout the regular season, which was likely due to the loss of their top scorer. However, their starting line up in the tournament was very experienced, and highly rated coming out of high school. 24/7 ratings for their starters: 33, 48, 55, 87, 91.
Compare that to Michigan's starting five: 43, 70, 114, 201, Unranked.
 
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Honestly I think it starts with officiating. Most Big 10 games were officiated horribly and in the tourney most games have very low foul totals, teams are allowed to be physical, travels which are usually called in B10 play don't get called etc etc. Even our usual suspects in the B10 like Boroski and Larry call the game more reasonably in the tournament.
Agree totally, which suggests the way the league games are called is dictated by the league office. I believe they instruct the crews to give the benefit of calls to the home team, keep games close, and cultivate the perception the league teams are very evenly matched. It is true that parity exists at a higher level than it used to, but the league tries to enhance this to maximize teams invited to the tournament. This is done at a cost of affecting style of play and wearing teams down by running through a gauntlet for 2.5 months, all capped by ending a brutal league tournament 4 days before the NCAA starts. This formula has not, in my opinion, prepared B10 teams for a sustained 6 game run to a championship. Only people who can change the formula have offices in Chicago and run the B10.
 
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I think part of the problem too is that calls generally balance out across teams so if you have a team playing bully ball like MSU the officials aren’t comfortable calling two or three fouls against MSU for every one against the other team.

That allows the more physical team to dictate the style of play.
 
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Ok routing interest
Baylor coach Drew seems nice, but recent program sexual assault allegations. And murder like 20 years ago harder to root for.
Houston program seems fine, haven’t been relevant for many years, but coach not one to root for.
UCLA has already won a championship.
Gonzaga undefeated and could ruin Indiana’s claim to perfect season, best team ever.
go zags.
I'm pretty sure the sexual assault scandal was football related with Art Brilles and the player murder was what sparked the coaching change when Scott Drew came to Baylor. Seems to me like he has run a good program in spite of all the chaos and bad stuff around him...
 
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Orange Krush '13 -'14
I'm pretty sure the sexual assault scandal was football related with Art Brilles and the player murder was what sparked the coaching change when Scott Drew came to Baylor. Seems to me like he has run a good program in spite of all the chaos and bad stuff around him...
Lol Evidently Scott Drew is one of the most despised coaches within coaching circles.

I'm pretty sure if you polled all D1 coaches, they would list Drew as one of the dirtiest in the business. Baylor doesn't care though as long as he keeps winning.
 
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Paducah, Ky
nycillini said:
Honestly I think it starts with officiating. Most Big 10 games were officiated horribly and in the tourney most games have very low foul totals, teams are allowed to be physical, travels which are usually called in B10 play don't get called etc etc. Even our usual suspects in the B10 like Boroski and Larry call the game more reasonably in the tournament.
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Boroski and Larry S. should never be defined as reasonable in regards to their officiating............JMHO
 
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Lol Evidently Scott Drew is one of the most despised coaches within coaching circles.

I'm pretty sure if you polled all D1 coaches, they would list Drew as one of the dirtiest in the business. Baylor doesn't care though as long as he keeps winning.
I would love more details about this
 
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I totally agree about the officials. The Big10 also lacks consistency between crews. It’s crazy to me that the Illini could play one game clean with both teams barely in the bonus each half - good flow, and another game has nearly 60 fouls called across both teams. The only difference is the crew.

I think some refs cater to a style of play; call touch fouls on the perimeter but let the bigs maul each other, for example.

I also think some refs have biases, and are straight up fixing games. When there isn’t consistency enforced from game to game it makes it easy to mask any biases.

I know they’re all independent contractors, but the Big clearly has their crew. Maybe it’s time to clean house?
As to your "fixing games" I suspect that happened in the MSU game. It was clear the zebras got the memo to get Izzo into the tourney. We were probably losing that night anyway as we played awful but it was 5 on 8. Similar thing happened to Ohio State at East Lansing.
 
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House cleaning must start at the very top of the League office in my opinion. Will take a coordinated effort of AD's and Univ presidents. If it does not happen sooner rather than later I believe the league will continue its "mediocre" tournament performances.
I agree. But the people involved do not have the guts to fire Warren. Not in these times. But it goes deeper than Warren.
 
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Lol apparently there actually was a poll done by CBS: https://www.cbssports.com/college-b...eived-to-be-the-biggest-cheater-in-the-sport/

Rick Barnes has also had some on the record comments about Drew too.

I’m mixed on Drew. I think it’s highly probable, just because everybody good seems to do it. However, a couple years ago I had a player being recruited by Baylor. Primary contacts were Coach Tang, their lead assistant, and McCasland, the current coach at North Texas.

They came through regularly enough to know they were serious. If there were gonna be any “handlers” in that recruitment, it probably would have been our staff, because I think the player trusted us more than the others in his circle.

Nothing shady came about while they were recruiting him. I will add we didn’t get down to the nitty gritty at the end because the player made a dumb social media post so they moved on. But until that point in time everything was above board.
 
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