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Wednesday, February 02, 2005

something about mary

-- The NCAA's recent adjustment to the RPI is already helping elite mid-majors, or so writes Paul Klee of the Southern Illinoisan. I'm glad to see that weighing road games is providing a tremendous boost to the Salukis' RPI (23 under the old scheme, 15 under the new), as well as to Western Michigan (82 to 49), San Francisco (57 to 32), Kent State (77 to 39), and Old Dominion (62 to 31). More than a few mediocre major-conference squads -- likely from the ACC, SEC & Pac-10 -- that might otherwise have received an NCAA Tournament bid will be NIT-bound at season's end.

-- Des Moines law enforcement have corrected their initial police report relating to the Pierre Pierce incident. Rather than be potentially responsible for assault with intent to commit injury, the (safe to say former) Iowa star could now be found guilty of assault with intent to commit sexual abuse. Fool me once...

-- Mary Palmer, a middle-aged librarian and longtime Bonnies season ticket-holder, has forgiven Phil Martelli, the coach who once called her a "nitwit" and a "moron" after she criticized him for having his Hawks continue to press her Bonnies in a game in which Saint Joe's led by 25 points and would later win 114-63. An amusing make-up story courtesy of the AP's John Wawrow.

-- Norm Frauenheim of the Arizona Republic aims to jinx Boston College by suggesting the Eagles might run the table in the Big East. I'm of the opinion that BC basketball may following in the footsteps of BC football. Teasers, all?

-- Oh no he didn't! Oh yes he did. Ben Cook of the Birmingham (AL) Post-Herald pens a column titled "SEC offers dull season so far." Indeed. An effect with many causes, not least of which is a lower quality of play. Beyond Kentucky, I don't see a single SEC team as even having the potential to proceed past the Sweet 16. Mississippi State has been a colossal disappointment.