Re: Is UMass Basketball Fradulent A-10 Contenders
posted at 1/14/2013 7:03 PM EST
In response to indians1948's comment:
In response to SlimPickensIII's comment:
The Minutemen were picked to finish 5th in conference. Sure we were hoping for an NCAA bid this season. And it's still achievable. They have to play better. The last couple of games, even though they lost vs SLU, provide a glimmer of hope.
SLU is a valid top 25 team, and UMass held their own on the road against them. They beat an Ohio team, on the road, that returned everyone from a Sweet 16 team. So I don't know where you get this notion that they are frauds from. They've been sloppy, that's the only thing I can agree on.
If the Minutemen are resigned to an NIT bid again, that will be a minor disappointment rather than a major shock. I don't know what the current rules are, they change often, but whatever they are, no team with a 6-10 conference record, from any conference, is going to the NIT.
A .500 record in a deeper than usual A10, and an NIT bid, is not what we want, but better than the alternatives. Dumping coaches every couple of years in a panic, gets you nowhere, and this isn't exactly the most attractive job around. Giving Kellogg an extended look is the right move. He continues to learn and the program gains some stability and an identity to build on top off. If it doesn't produce an NCAA performance soon enough for you then go find another team, we don't need you.
Actually, 6-10 could get into the NIT. Last year Minnesota was 6-12 in the Big 10, 19-15 overall. They not only got in but made it to the finals and lost to Stanford.
Give it a break the Minutemen are going nowhere with that wretched coach Derek Kellogg. A $150,000/year over paid State hack!