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  1. For you SDS fans that would like to connect with friends and loved ones during these difficult times, may I suggest a gift that that has helped brighten my own days of loneliness and isolation: https://www.teepublic.com/t-shirt/8426749-u-state-sam
  2. Ah — but being one of the few teams finishing the year on a winning note as well as accepting the conference championship trophy for the second year in a row will take some of the sting away.
  3. It’s worse than this. The CDC’s test didn’t offer reliable results.
  4. Trump will need to stand on his record. But he did no favors to anyone by stating that anyone who wants to be tested for the coronavirus can do so. That was incorrect when he made the statement and is incorrect today. Emergency rooms are only testing individuals who have severe symptoms. There are simply not enough tests kits yet available to hospitals to test everyone. Further initial missteps by the CDC and the FDA caused confusion and delays in responding but have now picked up the pace. I hope it is enough to stem the spread. We’ll know soon enogh. https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/03/who-gets-hospital-bed/607807/?utm_campaign=the-atlantic&utm_source=facebook&utm_term=2020-03-11T16%3A56%3A39&utm_content=edit-promo&utm_medium=social&fbclid=IwAR3GhXqumMPV73l2-9pZ_8dD1DqhhUttMivLhZdJuGvBwbR1V07tdaWpKqE
  5. You are missing the point on the coronavirus. This is not about a comparison between the infection or death rates between it and ordinary flu. Nor is about Trump waving his hands like Professor Marvel from the Wizard of Oz stating that we should pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. This is about individuals and federal/state/local governments taking appropriate proactive steps to reduce the threat to those most at-risk. If the media is hyping the coronavirus I hope the hype helps curtail its spread. Don’t shoot the messenger simply because you don’t like the message.
  6. I believe the subject was USU’s NCAA tournament record. If we count Stew’s 4 NIT losses I suppose we should also count his 4 CBI wins. Stew didn’t oppose playing good teams. He opposed only playing those teams on their home courts. For some reason power conference teams were not keen on playing in the Spectrum. Stew started relenting a bit on that posture near the end of his career and did play some one-off games — but his best teams were already in his past. Still there were some pretty good teams the Aggies played annually including Nevada, BYU, Utah, Weber St., Pacific, Cal-Irvine and LBS. But with these teams USU always got return games. The fact that the Big West and WAC, on whole, were generally 1-bid conferences contributed to Stew and USU, in every case, playing a higher seeded team in the NCAA tourney where a win would have been an upset. Sadly, they only pulled one off against a #5 seed Ohio State team. They came awfully close in losses to Kansas and Marquette but couldn’t pull it off as some underdogs have.
  7. In 2006 and 2007 Nevada and USU both represented the WAC at the NCAA tournament. But in many regards the old WAC is the present-day MWC. The MWC in the past was not considered a mid-major conference. It is now. Mid-major screams 1-bid conference. The power conferences, with their 6 to 11 bids at-large bids, is largely relegating the second-best teams in the non-power conference to the NIT.
  8. During the 8 years USU was in the WAC (2006-2013) the conference had only 2 years when multiple teams (2 each year) were invited to the NCAA tournament. That would be less than often.
  9. Until Utah State joined the MWC the Aggies were most certainly in a 1-bid conference. So it’s entirely appropriate to compare its tournament results to those of teams in the Big Sky Conference. Presumably the MWC is a multiple bid conference — or should be. While in a two-bid conference USU’s tournament record is 0-1. Let’s see how they do this year as a #10 or #11 seed. The historical percentages are that they should have about a 35% chance to win. I hope they do but the odds are against them. The point of your posts, however, escapes me. Is it since USU hasn’t historically won its first round game that it would be better for the conference that USU not participate in the tournament this year? If so, you are wrong. The conference should aim to get as many teams into the tourney as possible because it means more $ and more visibility regardless of the outcomes. Fans of MWC teams that are not selected for the tournament should put on their big-boy pants and urge/help their teams to do better rather than ragging on USU for not holding up its end of the bargain.
  10. Actually Stew’s NCAA record at USU was 1-7. The 1-13 record dates from 1979 when seeding teams began. Stew was coach at USU from 1998 through 2015.
  11. You should try using the internet to get information. It’s a useful tool. Teams have been seeded into the NCAA tournament since 1979. Since then the Aggies have been to the tournament 14 times and have gone 1-13. Here is a list of their seedings together with the historical success rate of teams with those seedings: #15 (2003) - 5.7% #14 (2005) - 15.0% #13 (1998) - 20.7% #12 (2000, 2001, 2006, 2010, 2011) - 35.7% #11 (2009) - 37.1% #10 (1979, 1983, 1988) - 39.3% #8 (2019) - 48.6% The takeaway? USU has not been successful in the NCAA tournament but it has not under-performed terribly from the norm according to the seedings the Aggies have received. As a #12 seed USU would be expected to win approximately one game of every three played at that seed. It has won one game out of the five it has played at that seed (20%). If USU were to be a #11 seed this year and actually win, it would only be 14% behind the winning percentage it would be expected to achieve at that seed. Even if USU were to lose in the first round this year, it will have contributed $3,374,400 to the conference from 2019-2026 as a consequence of the basketball credits earned in the 2019 and 2020 NCAA tournaments. You are welcome!
  12. These are the stats from the MWC’s website for 2019-20 attendance, thus far: 3rd column - total games 4th column - total attendance 5th column - total home attendance 6th column - average home attendance 1 San Diego State 28 273842 175015 11,677 2 New Mexico 30 257639 186646 10,979 3 Utah State 30 210985 138737 8,671 4 Nevada 29 205971 119960 8,568 5 UNLV 29 232009 138324 8,136 6 Fresno State 28 150760 72910 5,608 7 Boise State 29 138387 72051 4,803 8 Colorado State 30 121937 49248 3,283 9 Wyoming 29 117433 53792 3,164 10 Air Force 29 89710 31843 2,122 11 San José State 29 111947 23948 1,596
  13. What do you call a participant in the play-in game? You call them a participant in the NCAA tourney and one of the top 50 teams in the country. if the Aggies take care of business this discussion will be moot.