Around the Rim–2/24/09

I haven’t had a chance to do this for a while, so I’ll do this while I have a quick moment.

  • Arkansas-Little Rock who the Jays lost to earlier this season has kicked off their  leading scorer Stephen Moore from the team.  He was suspended earlier in the season but then came back in time for the Creighton game.  Last week, Moore walked off the court during the first half of the Western Kentucky game and went to the locker room.  Then he came back out and sat in the stands for the rest of the half.    Then the second half he was put in during the last 5 minutes of the game.  Definitely a player/coach problem going on there.  Arkansas-LR has clinched the West division of the Sun Belt and has a chance to get to the NCAA tournament by winning their conference tournament.
  • Creighton students should be happy that they get to go to the games for free.  In a report on the BCS schools and the costs for students to go to their team’s home games, Oklahoma St. charges the most per student to go to the games.    Here is the nations most expensive schools for students to go to the games and here are the results from the rest of the teams in the large conferences.
  • Some people may think that the Valley is down this year, but look at this encouraging report.  If you sit back and see all that is coming back next year, the Valley could see some levels that got it some notoriety in 2005-06.
  • ESPN got their own special “Mock Selection” exercise from the NCAA this past weekend.  Some interesting views from Lunardi and Katz on this one.    Maybe a little biased in my opinion.  They sort of got who they wanted into their bracket.  Hopefully it isn’t a sign of things to come.
  • Speaking of March Madness, now is the time to sign up for March Madness on Demand to watch the out of market games so you don’t miss out on a chance to help make the nation’s most unproductive days productive for you.  But the best part is that it will be in higher quality picture this season .
  • When it comes down to matchups and seeding in this years tournament, I’ll be interested to see if location becomes a factor at all.  Earlier this season there were articles on how travel costs affecting the NCAA and even the NCAA mentioning the rising cost of travel and the economy could effect the way they do NCAA Championships.  But also the use of computers and finding ways to pinch pennies to analyze cost.  Now a report over the last couple of weeks said that cost will not play a larger role in putting together the bracket.    I guess we’ll have to see how it all turns out.
  • Sounds like Booker Woodfox is going to be in the three-point competition that occurs during Final Four weekend.  Good luck.  I will be interested to see who he goes up against.
  • An update on Anthony Tolliver–he had signed a 10-day contract with New Orleans at the end of January, but after that he returned to the NBA D-League and continues to play for Iowa.
  • Kyle Korver has a media admirer in his own apartment building.  He wishes he would get cookies all the time like Kyle does.
  • The Bracketeer posted a new bracket yesterday.  Just as a heads up to check back on the Bracketeer, there will be an update on 3/2, 3/6, 3/9, 3/13, and a final bracket on Selection Sunday an hour or two before the selection show.   The Bracketeer’s bracket is also a part of the Bracket Project collecting Bracketology predictions from across the web.
  • Finally, in a little self promotion, my weekly MVC and Big 12 posts for Rush the Court have been posted and I was planning on being in St. Louis for the MVC tourney anyway as a fan.  However,  I get an opportunity to have an even closer look at the MVC tourney thanks to Rush the Court and will be covering the tournament for them.  So there will be an opportunity to do some extra coverage of the MVC Tournament for both this blog and Rush the Court.  Stay tuned for that.
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