A guide to Syracuse’s NCAA Tournament chances and a look at the bubble

first_imgSyracuse will likely be sitting squarely on the bubble come Selection Sunday, and between now and then there is nothing that the Orange can do about its 19-13 record. However, there are a slew of other bubble teams that the committee will likely be comparing the Orange to, and some of them still have games to play.Here’s a look at how Syracuse’s resume compares to its bubble competition, as well as a look at the teams that Syracuse fans should keep an eye on over the next three days.Syracuse’s ResumeRPI: 66Kenpom: 41AdvertisementThis is placeholder textConference: ACCBest wins: Duke (R), Texas A&M (N), Notre Dame (H), Connecticut (N), St. Bonaventure (H)Worst losses: St. John’s (R), Georgetown (R), Clemson (H), Pittsburgh 3x (H,R,N)Vs. RPI Top 25: 3-5Vs. RPI 26-50: 1-1Vs. RPI 51-100: 4-4Strength of Schedule: 41Analysis: Syracuse will likely have the best wins out of any team lying close to the bubble, but that may not be enough. The Orange has several factors working against it, including three losses to another team that’s on the bubble. It has a really bad loss (St. John’s) and didn’t take advantage down the stretch by losing 5-of-6 games. If Syracuse was to get in, the committee would have to overlook SU’s shortcomings and see a team that can compete against almost any team in the nation. It will also likely mean that the committee took Jim Boeheim’s suspension into account when looking at its overall record. THE COMPETITIONVanderbilt’s Resume RPI: 60Kenpom: 26Conference: SECBest wins: Florida 2x (H, R), Texas A&M (H), Kentucky (H)Worst losses: Tennessee (N), Arkansas (R), LSU (H)Vs. RPI Top 25: 2-6Vs. RPI 26-50: 2-2Vs. RPI 50-100: 3-2Strength of Schedule: 43Syracuse common opponents: Texas A&M (W,L), St. John’s (W), Wake Forest (W)Analysis: Syracuse caught a massive break in watching Vanderbilt lose yesterday to Tennessee. A win for the Commodores would have solidified their spot in the field. The loss to the SEC’s 12th best team made that a question mark, and put them likely on the last four teams in, if anything. The resume that Vanderbilt has compiled is strikingly similar to Syracuse’s, with the Orange boasting slightly better wins, but also some much worse losses. That last spot in the field could likely come down to SU or Vanderbilt. Published on March 11, 2016 at 10:53 am Facebook Twitter Google+ Valparaiso’s resumeRPI: 54Kenpom: 36Conference: HorizonBest wins: Iona (H), Oregon State (R)Worst losses: Ball State (R), Belmont (R), Wright State 2x (R, H), Green Bay (N)Vs. RPI Top 25: 0-1Vs. RPI 26-50: 1-0Vs. RPI 51-100: 3-1Strength of Schedule: 178No common opponents with SyracuseAnalysis: Valparaiso was a dominant team all season, but just couldn’t close the deal in the conference tournament. That win over Oregon State is its saving grace, especially because the Beavers are another team that’s right on the bubble. That said, Valpo really hasn’t done much in terms of the past few months to set itself apart, and has only played two teams total inside the RPI top 50. St. Mary’s Resume RPI: 41Kenpom: 33Conference: WCCBest wins: Gonzaga 2x (H,R), BYU (H), UC Irvine (H), Stanford (H)Worst losses: Pepperdine 2x (H,R)Vs. RPI Top 25: 0-1Vs. RPI 26-50: 2-1Vs. RPI 51-100: 4-1Strength of Schedule: 164No common opponents with Syracuse Analysis: It’s clear that St. Mary’s has the cleaner record. Aside from two blemishes against Pepperdine, there weren’t many mistakes. That said, just because the RPI and Kenpom rankings favor St. Mary’s does not make their case bulletproof. The Gaels did not leave the state of California during the nonconference season. It played one game away from its home arena during nonconference play. In the only difficult nonconference game it scheduled, it lost on the road to California. The schedule is definitely lacking blemishes, but it also lacks anything of real substance. It will be interesting to see what the committee leans toward come Sunday afternoon. Other teams for Syracuse fans to watch:Michigan: The Wolverines barely escaped with an overtime win against Northwestern to keep their season alive on Thursday. They will likely need an upset over Indiana on Friday to keep the NCAA Tournament hopes alive. A win against Indiana and they’re likely in. A loss, and they’re likely out. That game could be a huge bid stealer.Michigan vs. Indiana, noon, ESPNOhio State: The Buckeyes have lost two games to Michigan State in the past three weeks, but maybe the third time is the charm on Friday. If it is, you can count the Buckeyes in as a bid stealer. They squeaked out a win over Penn State to stay alive on Thursday, but will need a little more oomph to actually get in the Big Dance.Ohio State vs. Michigan State, 6:30 p.m., Big 10 NetworkFlorida: The Gators have the exact same record as Syracuse, and fewer good wins. But that said, Florida is still playing basketball and SU is not. If the Gators were to get a win over Texas A&M today, that would change the complexion of the field, and possibly put Florida right in the Big Dance.Florida vs. Texas A&M, 1 p.m., SEC NetworkGeorge Washington: The Colonials might just be in anyway (remember when they beat Virginia?), but Friday could alter the course of their season. They play St. Joseph’s, who is already safely in the field. A big win over one of the best teams in the A-10 would likely solidify their berth in the field.George Washington vs. St. Joseph’s, 2:30 p.m., NBCSNTulsa: Tulsa is a team that sits almost directly next to Syracuse on the bubble. A win against Memphis tonight might not mean they’re in, but a loss would almost certainly mean they’re out.Tulsa vs. Memphis, 9 p.m., ESPNUConnecticut: Syracuse beat Connecticut, so as long as the Huskies don’t make an impressive run, it might be enough. UConn plays Cincinnati today, and a loss is definitely what Syracuse wants here.Connecticut vs. Cincinnati, 2 p.m., ESPN2Temple: The Owls are in the field right now, but they could open up a bid if they lose today to a really bad South Florida team. USF has actually kept it close against Temple this year, but getting over the hump and winning would be a celebratory event for Orange fans as another spot might open up on the bracket.Temple vs. South Florida, noon, ESPN2 Wichita State ResumeRPI: 47Kenpom: 11Conference: Missouri ValleyBest wins: Utah (H)Worst losses: Illinois State (R), Alabama (N)Vs. RPI Top 25: 1-0Vs. RPI 26-50: 0-3Vs. RPI 51-100: 3-4Strength of Schedule: 118No common opponents with SyracuseAnalysis: It’s interesting that Kenpom would think it was a crime to leave Wichita State out of the NCAA Tournament field, sporting the nation’s top defensive efficiency. That said, the Shockers haven’t really shocked anyone with big wins, aside from Utah. They started off the season 1-4 against Division I opponents. And while those losses haven’t proven to be terrible (Tulsa, Southern California, Alabama and Iowa), any one of them could have put Wichita State in the field. And while they certainly picked up the pace late in the year, it will be interesting to see if they get in. My gut would say that they’re in, but there’s no guarantee. Comments Monmouth’s resume RPI: 58Kenpom: 67Conference: MAACBest wins: UCLA (R), Notre Dame (N), Southern California (N), Georgetown (R), Iona (H)Worst losses: Canisius (R), Army (R), Manhattan (R)Vs. RPI Top 25: 0-1Vs. RPI 26-50: 2-1Vs. RPI 51-100: 2-2Strength of Schedule: 206Syracuse common opponents: Cornell (W), Georgetown (W), Notre Dame (W)Analysis: Monmouth will definitely be considered on Selection Sunday. They’ve been the darling of college basketball all season. They have some things working in their favor. They went on the road during the nonconference and beat tough opponents. That’s what you would want teams in the MAAC to do if they wanted to earn an at-large berth. Because of that, they might get rewarded. But that doesn’t negate the flaws in their resume. They have three atrocious losses that aren’t going anywhere. And the good wins that they collected at the beginning of the season don’t look so good anymore. Two of USC, UCLA and Georgetown are no longer NCAA Tournament teams. The Hawks have a case, it just might not be strong enough. Oregon State Resume RPI: 29Kenpom: 59Conference: Pac-12Best wins: Iona (H), Tulsa (N), Oregon (H), California (H), Southern California (H), Utah (H), Colorado (H)Worst losses: Stanford (H), Arizona State (R)Vs. RPI Top 25: 3-6Vs. RPI 26-50: 2-2Vs. RIP 51-100: 7-4Strength of Schedule: 9No common opponents with SyracuseAnalysis: Oregon State has a similar situation as Syracuse. They both have a wealth of good wins, but they also have a 19-12 record. The Beavers have played a boatload of good teams, though, and have come out on top in quite a few. They have wins against some bona fide NCAA Tournament teams, but have done nothing impressive on the road. In fact, out of Oregon State’s eight road losses, seven have come by more than 10 points. It’ll be interesting to see if that blemish means much come Sunday.last_img read more

Intercity Transit Operates on Labor Day

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Intercity TransitIntercity Transit’s Dial-A-Lift, local and Express bus services operate on Sunday schedules Labor Day, Monday, September 3. Customer Service at the Olympia Transit Center will be open from 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Intercity Transit’s administrative office will be closed and there will be no Village Vans service on the holiday.Transit riders connecting to other systems in the region should check for modified schedules before traveling as other systems may also have reduced schedules.For transit route and schedule information, visit the Intercity Transit website or contact Intercity Transit Customer Service at 360-786-1881.If you’d like to receive this information and other Intercity Transit information by email or text message, sign up on the Intercity Transit website.last_img read more

Hubbard’s Bridge To Close For 2 Weeks

first_imgThe newly reconstructed West Front Street bridge, also known as Hubbard’s Bridge, will be closed to all motor vehicle traffic for two weeks beginning Wednesday, August 12 at 6 a.m.The announcement was posted by Monmouth County officials Friday.The bridge joining River Plaza in Middletown with Red Bank over the Swimming River had re-opened to traffic mid-May following a $12.9 million renovation that spanned many months. Since then, construction crews have continued to work on the bridge as cars move slowly across the span. But now a full closure is necessary for utility relocation work and intersection reconstruction, they say.Officials hope the bridge will be re-opened on August 26, prior to Labor Day weekend and the start of the school year.In Red Bank, on the eastern side of the bridge, the intersection of Shrewsbury Avenue, Rector Place and West Front Street will be closed so the contractor can complete the reconstruction of the intersection. Eastbound traffic will be detoured from West Front Street to Bridge Avenue to State Highway 35 (crossing Cooper Bridge) to Navesink River Road; traffic will then continue to Hubbard Avenue to Carpenter Street to Applegate Street. Detour signs will be posted along the route.In Middletown, the intersection of Hubbard Avenue at West Front Street will be closed for the reconstruction of the intersection. Westbound traffic will be detoured to Applegate Street to Foster Street to Hubbard Avenue to Navesink River Road to State Highway 35 South (crossing Cooper Bridge) to Bridge Avenue to Monmouth Street to Shrewsbury Avenue.The new bridge is a 488-foot long steel girder bridge built to the north of the previous West Front Street Bridge, originally scheduled for April 2016 completion, said county offiials.last_img read more

Rusty Bombers drop pair to open baseball season

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsThe L.V. Rogers Bombers opened the High School Baseball season on the wrong end of two games Saturday against Northwest Christian High School from Spokane Washington.LVR dropped the first game of the twin bill 14-4 to Northwest Christian.In game two, the Bombers played better but still fell 4-3 to the Washington State School.“Saturday was the first day the team was able to be outside on a field and the rust showed as the team committed 10 errors,” said Bomber manager Ron Mace.“Game 2 found the team playing a bit better and only making 3 errors, but all coming at a critical time.”Cole Laughton took the loss during the opening game of the season.Offensively, Austin Tambellini led the Bombers with a pair of singles and two RBI.Dallon Stoddart chipped in with a long double and a stolen base.In game two, Adam Wheeldon gave LVR every chance to win but the errors came back to haunt the visitors.Wheeldon allowed only one hit in taking the loss.Stoddart and Curtis Pereverzoff each collected two hits for LVR.The next action for the team is Wednesday at Mead High School in Spokane.Weather permitting, LVR is expected to host the annual Spring Fling Friday and Saturday at Queen Elizabeth [email protected]last_img read more

49ers’ Richard Sherman up for NFL’s Man of the Year Award

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Richard Sherman’s best season as a 49er extends off the field. He is their nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, as announced Thursday morning by the NFL.Sherman’s community service efforts extend both near and far, such as through his Blanket Coverage foundation to help low-income students. He’s also spent this season making regular visits to the Santa Clara County Juvenile Hall and donating funds to various causes, such as covering school-cafeteria debts …last_img read more

SA to host MTB Masters World Champs

first_imgWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Cycling South Africa has pulled off another coup by winning the rights to stage the 2013 Mountain Bike (MTB) Masters World Championships in Pietermaritzburg, a week before the 2013 MTB World Championships at the same venue. SAinfo reporter The awarding of the Masters Worlds to South Africa is significant on a number of levels. The Masters Worlds has for the last five years been held in Brazil, and in 2013 it will for the first time be a precursor to the Elite World Championships. Being the season-opener in an Olympic year adds extra significance to this year’s event. Many of the world’s leading MTB riders will also use the World Cup to scout the Cascades MTB Park set-up ahead of next year’s UCI MTB World Championships. “Pietermaritzburg’s vision is to become a globally recognised centre of excellence for cycling, and a hospitable and top class host of world class events,” said Lenferna, the man behind the city’s successful hosting of previous UCI-endorsed events. The announcement, which was made at an International Cycling Federation (UCI) management committee meeting on Friday afternoon, confirmed that the Masters’ event will be bolted onto the World Championships at the Cascades MTB Park next year. Pietermaritzburg has previously successfully hosted the BMX World Championships and Supercross, the MTB World Cup, and the Msunduzi Road Challenge leg of the UCI World Cycling Tour. This year it will host the MTB World Cup and the final of the UCI World Cycling Tour.center_img ‘A fantastic opportunity’“It will be a fantastic opportunity for local MTB riders over 30 years of age to ride in the Masters World Champs,” said event director Alec Lenferna. The biggest and most prestigiousThe MTB World Championships, to be hosted in the city in 2013, is the biggest and most prestigious event in the sport. 30 January 2012 The RockyRoads UCI MTB World Cup Pietermaritzburg takes place at the Cascades MTB Park from 16 to 18 March. “More than that,” he added, “it is a major vote of confidence in Cycling SA and Pietermaritzburg as a premier cycling destination. “Hosting events like the BMX Worlds, the MTB World Cup and the UCI World Cycling Tour finals really puts Cycling SA on the global map.”last_img read more

I-T officials raid house, offices of senior NCP leader Hasan Mushrif in Kolhapur

first_imgA team of the Income Tax Department on July 25 raided the residence and factory premises of senior Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader and legislator Hasan Mushrif in Kolhapur district in western MaharashtraAn MLA from the Kagal Assembly seat, Mr. Mushrif, a former Minister who held the Labour portfolio in the erstwhile Congress-NCP government, is considered to be a tall leader of his party in the State’s ‘sugar belt’ region.According to sources, the I-T team swooped down on Mr. Mushrif’s bungalow in Kagal at around 5.30 a.m. while simultaneous raids took place at his son’s residence in Pune and his relatives’ house in Takala in Kolhapur.Officials also conducted searches at the Sar Senapati Santaji Ghorpade Sugar Factory in Kagal which is said to be controlled by Mr. Mushrif among other places.However, authorities declined to elaborate on the reason for the raids.A number of the NCP leader’s loyalists thronged outside his house to express solidarity as news of the raids spread throughout Kagal. A robust security shield was in place as the I-T officials conducted their searches and scrutinised documents at Mr. Mushrif’s house and office.The raids coincide with the exit of another important NCP leader Sachin Ahir, who jettisoned his position as his party’s Mumbai unit chief to enter the Shiv Sena, allegedly impressed with Aditya Thackeray’s leadership.The timing of the raid on Mr. Mushrif’s home has triggered speculation that the NCP leader’s alleged ‘refusal’ to join the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prompted the party to unleash the I-T Department on him.“Recently, at a public function in Kolhapur, newly appointed BJP State president Chandrakant Patil had made an open offer to Mr. Mushrif to ally with the BJP. But the NCP leader had snubbed Mr. Patil and instead questioned as to how, and from where, was the BJP able to secure enormous funds to ‘buy’ Congress legislators in Karnataka and destabilise the Congress-JD (S) government,” said an analyst, requesting anonymity.The raids on Mr. Mushrif’s house also come amid intense speculation of another NCP MLA, Vaibhav Pichad from Akole in Ahmednagar district, entering the BJP fold.Mr. Pichad, the son of senior NCP MLA Madhukar Pichad, is believed to have met with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis at the latter’s home ‘Varsha’ in Mumbai on Wednesday evening.The developments take place a week after Mr. Patil had confidently claimed that several legislators from the opposition NCP and the Congress were in contact with the BJP. Mr. Patil had also said that the opposition camp would witness a spate of resignations in the coming week.last_img read more

a month agoTottenham legend Ardiles insists title push remains on

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham legend Ardiles insists title push remains onby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham legend Ossie Ardiles insists a title push remains on.Tottenham are third in the Premier League table after five matches, just two points behind Manchester City but seven adrift of leaders Liverpool.”[It’s been] very positive. I believe that there are two teams to beat – Liverpool and Manchester City – but I think we are one of the teams that can beat them and we are going to try and fight with them all the way,” Ardiles told Sky Sports.”We have a very, very strong squad. That showed last season and in the Champions League as well. “We do have a very strong squad but we have to be a little bit better and I hope we will do it this year.” last_img read more

Consumers Urged to Settle Disputes Through Newly Established CPT

first_imgStory Highlights The tribunal’s establishment will “significantly increase consumers’ confidence in the system of redress.” The CPT is one of several provisions of the Consumer Protection (Amendment) Act, 2012 The CPT provides an alternative for aggrieved consumers to file claims in an easy, affordable and timely manner Persons with unresolved issues relating to transactions with goods and service providers are being encouraged to utilize the services of the newly established Consumer Protection Tribunal (CPT), to reach settlements, particularly through mediation facilitated by the Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC).This urging comes from State Minister for Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams, who explains that the CPT provides an alternative for aggrieved consumers to file claims in an easy, affordable and timely manner, rather than resorting to the courts, which could result in protracted delays and costs.The CPT, which was established earlier this year, is one of several provisions of the Consumer Protection (Amendment) Act, 2012, which incorporates a slate of revisions to the Consumer Protection Act, 2005.Speaking at the CAC’s Consumer Protection Act (CPA) sensitization workshop, at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston, on September 18, Mrs. Ffolkes-Abrahams argued that the tribunal’s establishment will “significantly increase consumers’ confidence in the system of redress.”She said the CAC’s expanded authority and the redress mechanisms now established under the amended CPA, will “significantly impact how consumer complaints are handled from now on.”In addition to the CPT’s establishment, other provisions under the amended CPA include: empowering the CAC to keep proper records of all complaints and actions taken and initiate investigations of breaches, where deemed necessary; levying applicable criminal sanctions; and sanctioning mandatory refunding of payments with applicable interest to consumers where purchasers elect not to accept goods not delivered within specified timelines advertised by providers.Mrs. Ffolkes-Abrahams said in the CPT’s establishment, “we now have a quasi judicial body” bearing the “characteristics and powers” of a court. She pointed out that the CPT’s functions will be distinctly different from the CAC’s investigative and administrative authority, while assuring that, should the need arise, consumers can seek redress in a court, should they deem the CPT’s ruling unsatisfactory.“All of this is in keeping with the Ministry’s mandate to promote and protect the rights of the Jamaican consumer. We remain committed, therefore, to implementing programmes and strategies to increase consumer confidence in the business environment and in the legislative framework, as we continue to protect the rights and improve the welfare of Jamaican consumers,” the State Minister assured.These, she outlined, include: regularly reviewing and modernizing consumer protection laws; ensuring effective redress for aggrieved consumers; and empowering citizens to become more informed and responsible consumers through better information and more education.The seven-member Consumer Protection Tribunal, consisting of four women and three men, is chaired by retired Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), and current Professor of Law at the University of Technology (UTech), Kent Pantry, Q.C.Its members, who were appointed by Industry, Investment and Commerce Minister, Hon. Anthony Hylton, comprise representatives who are qualified, knowledgeable, and experienced in the areas of law, economics, consumer affairs, telecommunications, information technology, business, accounting, and public administration.Wednesday’s workshop, held under the theme: ‘The CPA and You: Balancing Business Responsibility and Consumer Protection’, was attended by a wide cross section of private and public sector representatives, drawn from finance and banking, law, utilities, as well as non-governmental organizations (NGOs).last_img read more

The Latest Germany waits for details on Brexit deal

first_imgLONDON — The Latest on Brexit negotiations (all times local):12:20 p.m.The German government is holding back on its assessment of the draft deal on Britain’s exit from the European Union, saying it has yet to be briefed on the details.A spokeswoman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters in Berlin on Wednesday that “the government naturally welcomes any progress that leads to Britain’s departure taking place in an orderly manner.”Martina Fietz, said the EU’s executive, which is negotiating with Britain, will brief the other 27 members of the bloc Wednesday at 3 p.m. (1400 GMT).She added that Brexit isn’t on the agenda for Merkel’s weekly Cabinet meeting Thursday.Maria Adebahr, a spokeswoman for Germany’s Foreign Ministry, said that “should there be an agreement, or significant progress be announced, we would very much welcome that.”___12:15 p.m.U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May says a draft divorce agreement with the European Union “takes us significantly closer to delivering what the British people voted for” when they decided to leave the bloc.May told lawmakers that the deal means Britain will “take back control” of its laws and borders “while protecting jobs, security and the integrity of our United Kingdom.”May’s Cabinet is due to meet later Wednesday to consider whether to back the deal. Pro-Brexit politicians are already attacking it, saying it will bind Britain to EU rules and regulations long after it leaves the bloc in March.May said the Cabinet would decide what to do “in the national interest.”___8:30 a.m.British Prime Minister Theresa May is set to face her divided Cabinet in a bid to win support for a draft Brexit deal with the European Union.Negotiators from the two sides have reached agreement on divorce terms, including a plan to resolve the key issue of the Irish border.But pro-Brexit lawmakers in May’s divided Conservative Party are angry, saying the agreement will leave Britain tethered to the EU after it departs in March.Failure to secure Cabinet backing will leave May’s leadership in doubt and the Brexit process in chaos.If Cabinet supports the deal Wednesday, it needs approval from the EU at a summit in the next few weeks. Then May will need to win backing from Parliament, where pro-Brexit and pro-EU legislators alike are threatening to oppose it.The Associated Presslast_img read more