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Life on the road isn't easy, even for good teams

Posted on: January 8, 2011 7:28 pm
Edited on: January 8, 2011 7:32 pm
 
A Saturday schedule with just one game between ranked schools seemed boring on the surface.

That's why I stayed home this weekend.

If only No. 9 Missouri, No. 10 Kentucky, No. 17 Kansas State, No. 18 Michigan State, No. 19 UCF and No. 22 Vanderbilt could've done the same. Maybe then they wouldn't be six ranked teams that just endured losses to unranked teams in hostile environments. Yes, it was one of those days in college basketball. Every time I flipped the channel some ranked team was going down on the road. The result was an afternoon of court-stormings, and Sunday night's Top 25 (and one) is sure to be a shuffled mess.

For those who missed it, here you go:
  • Colorado 89, No. 9 Missouri 76
  • Georgia 77, No. 10 Kentucky 70
  • Oklahoma State 76, No. 17 Kansas State 62
  • Penn State 66, No. 18 Michigan State 62
  • Houston 76, No. 19 UCF 71
  • South Carolina 83, No. 22 Vanderbilt 75 (OT)
Georgia is the only unranked team of that bunch that'll likely break into the updated rankings, so let's not pretend this is the day that validates Penn State, Colorado, Oklahoma State, Houston or South Carolina. Yes, Colorado (12-4) and Oklahoma State (13-2) are both solid. But Saturday's results say less about them than they say about how difficult it is, even for nationally ranked teams, to go on the road and win in conference play.

(Worth noting: No. 4 Syracuse nearly lost Saturday at Seton Hall, and Seton Hall is 7-9.)

No. 6 San Diego State, No. 13 Georgetown and No. 20 Illinois are among the ranked teams on the road against unranked teams next Saturday. My advice: Don't be shocked -- or even mildly surprised -- if some of them (or all of them) experience the same fate that Missouri, UK, KSU, Michigan State, UCF and Vandy experienced this Saturday. If it happens, it won't necessarily mean they were overrated. It'll just mean they had to travel.
Comments

Since: Jan 10, 2011
Posted on: January 10, 2011 12:25 pm
 

Life on the road isn't easy, even for good teams

SDSU was previously 3-29 at Utah (5K above sea level, altitude is an issue in the MWC).  Foster is a bit frail, but Pac-10 bound Utah put up a good game.



Since: Dec 14, 2009
Posted on: January 9, 2011 2:54 pm
 

Life on the road isn't easy, even for good teams

Syracuse let Seaton Hall come within 1 point with less than two minutes left, after leading by 13 earlier in the half. Not sure how that's not almost losing.



Since: Dec 25, 2008
Posted on: January 9, 2011 2:16 pm
 

Life on the road isn't easy, even for good teams

"16-0 yes, but you hadn't even left the state"

Actually Syracuse played both Michigan and Geogia Tech in New Jersey.  That's not New York State.  Plus Syracuse also played Michigan State in New York City which is 250 miles from Syracuse.  Half of the Big East and some of the ACC teams are closer than Syracuse and I'm not even counting non BCS teams.  Syracuse to New York is about the same distance as Durham to Washington D.C. but I guarantee you wouldn't call that a home game if Duke had to play a neutral site game there.

"I'm willing to guarantee they're not nearly as good as their record states right now"

And you know this how?  No team has really proven yet how good they are.  Give it a few weeks of conference games and the better teams will start to seperate themselves.



Since: Nov 16, 2008
Posted on: January 9, 2011 12:51 pm
 

Life on the road isn't easy, even for good teams

How is Mich St even ranked coming into this game?  They played tough games, they lost all them.  Stop kissing Mich State butt and rate them accordingly.   



Since: Aug 2, 2009
Posted on: January 9, 2011 12:29 pm
 

Life on the road isn't easy, even for good teams

Anytime a team is on the road faces the possibility of losing whether ranked or not. All it takes is an outstanding team or individual effort combined with the visitor not playing well and making that one crucial turnover. Too many variables can bring down a visiting team.



Since: Oct 27, 2010
Posted on: January 9, 2011 12:27 pm
 

Life on the road isn't easy, even for good teams

no one did its sad 



Since: Mar 23, 2007
Posted on: January 9, 2011 12:02 pm
 

Life on the road isn't easy, even for good teams

Syracuse backers can stop.  16-0 yes, but you hadn't even left the state or played a true road game until the second week of January.  We'll see how real this team is once they get into the Big East schedule.  I'm willing to guarantee they're not nearly as good as their record states right now.



Since: Sep 26, 2008
Posted on: January 9, 2011 9:57 am
 

Life on the road isn't easy, even for good teams

This is what I call Bizarro day in the NCAA. It seems that every year, there is one weekend where the unranked rise up and knock off the ranked. This just happened to be the weekend for it to happen. Just proves that college basketball is the BEST sport in all of sports.

As for Tennessee losing....they suck, and cannot beat an unranked team.



Since: Jan 30, 2007
Posted on: January 9, 2011 9:56 am
 

Life on the road isn't easy, even for good teams

Well I watched the Cuse game and the Kentucky game.

The Cuse game the game was in doubt with 2 minutes left even though they led wire to wire.

Seton Hall had a shot, I would say that says the game was nearly lost.  By the way, great job in you guys pulling out the win.

As for the Kentucky game, the same argument can be made, UK was up with under 5 minutes left.

The foul differential was absurd (which you expect on the road).  A team that barely shoots 60% from the foul line shot 90% on 34 attempts.

They shot 45% from the field and very well from three (I think two guys made their first three in their career).

One play turned the game around, Lamb got clobbered on a drive and they called a foul on Jones on the ensuing scramble for the ball.

The announcers both said that both calls went against Kentucky.  First off the foul should have been called so Lamb should have been shooting free throws to give Kentucky the lead again and Jones had a clean strip of the ball.

You know what, thats the way conference play and road games both go.  You have to be able to beat the officials and the other team.  It's expected and that's what makes it tough to go on the road.

Please don't take this as I am taking anything away from UGA because I am not. They have a great team down there this season and I expect them to be in the sweet 16 at least by the time its done.

They beat Kentucky fair and square.  However, the Cuse game was in question.  That is all I am saying.




Since: Jul 15, 2007
Posted on: January 9, 2011 9:53 am
 

Life on the road isn't easy, even for good teams

let's be clear... SU di not almost lose to Seton Hall yesterday.


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