Monday, October 22, 2018

Gamecocks and Tigers Looking for Respect and a Way to Make the Rivalry Bigger

If you are a college basketball fan, today is a big day. The AP released their preseason poll and Ken Pomeroy posted his first set of rankings for the season.

Clemson is ranked 22nd in the AP Poll but is 14th in the first KenPom ratings. The KenPom numbers are great because they have no bias while we all know the AP Poll does.

The Gamecocks do not appear anywhere in the AP Poll and are listed 42nd in the KenPom rankings. The Gamecocks have the 6th highest ranking in the KenPom yet were picked to finish 11th in the SEC by the media. Once again, one of those has bias and one does not.

Clemson doesn't have a great out of conference schedule. Of course with their brutal conference schedule they don't need one. Clemson opens their season against The Citadel on November 6th.

Clemson will host 18th ranked Mississippi State, Nebraska and go on the road to face South Carolina before opening up conference play on the road against Duke on January 5th.

The Gamecocks, trying to fight national perception that the SEC is a weak college basketball league, has put together a really tough out of conference schedule.

The Gamecocks will open with SC Upstate on November 6th, host Providence, travel to Wyoming and then face three straight ranked teams when they travel to Michigan (19th ranked), host Virginia (5th ranked) and then host Clemson (22nd ranked).

The Gamecocks will open their conference season on the road against an unranked Florida team.

Clemson and South Carolina will renew their rivalry on Saturday, December 22nd at Colonial Life Arena. Is their a worse time to schedule this rivalry game?

I really wish both schools would figure out a way to schedule this game when students are on campus and when there can be more of a spotlight on the game. Why not schedule it on the Saturday night of the Clemson/SC baseball series? What a fun doubleheader that would be and the basketball game takes on huge importance as teams are trying to build their resumes for a possible spot in the NCAA Tournament.

Back to the actual game this year, the KenPom ratings have Clemson six points better than the Gamecocks on a neutral floor. It should be a great game. It's just too bad it is not a great date.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

The ACC Takes a Huge Step Back in 2018

The ACC had closed the gap the last few years and was arguably the best conference in the country last year, then 2018 happened and it looks more like the mid 1990s.

Both divisions in the ACC have now fallen behind both divisions in the Pac 12. You could easily make the case that the ACC is by far the worst Power 5 conference in the country.

Here is the updated Sagarin Ratings through October 13th:

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Clemson Continues to Slip in the Ratings

Clemson survived Syracuse this past Saturday but it had an effect on their Sagarin Rating. Clemson dropped to 6th in the country with a rating of  91.18. They now trail Alabama, Ohio State, Penn State, Oklahoma and Georgia.

The Gamecocks come in at #35 but have the 4th toughest schedule in the country to date. By contrast, Clemson has the 38th toughest schedule to date.

South Carolina has a rating 78.16. which puts them 13 points behind Clemson on a neutral field.

The SEC East is rated as the fourth best division in the country with the SEC West coming in at number one.

The ACC Atlantic is #6 while the ACC Coastal is #8

Monday, October 1, 2018

Big Blue Smokes The Comrade!

The Comrade was big wrong again on his pick for the Kentucky game. Kentucky has the high 5 going for South Carolina. Rob made a special opener for The Comrade...who is really hurt.

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