Random Thoughts: Sangarin Basketball, etc.

daCoach has been playing with the Sangarin Basketball rankings this morning. Yeah, he knows they're based on some pretty preliminary results, but they predict some rough going on the road in December. Then there's the little matter of the NCAA getting tough on recruiting and summer jobs...

OK, I'm not going to slam the ratings system that put the football team at #23, but....
The next few games look like tough sledding for Bill Carmody's Cats:

NU right now has a 75.61 Sangarin rating, you know the computer calculations that figure which team is better than another team?

Well, According to the Sangarin site, here's how the next few Northwestern games work out: [Home in Bold]
  • DePaul Blue Demons -{A} 75.53 - 4 Point underdog.
  • Virginia Cavaliers - [A] 84.04 - 12 Point Underdog
  • Delaware State [H] 74.16 - 3 point Favorite
  • UIC [H] 76.71- 3 Point Favorite
  • Seton Hall [A] 75.98 - 4 point underdog
  • Northern Colorado [H] 62.00 - 17 points, should be like FAU
To make predictions for upcoming games, simply compare the RATINGS of the teams in question and allow an ADDITIONAL 4 points for the home team.
So, according to the present Sangarin Ratings, we should win our 3 remaining home games [4 if you count DePauw] , and lose 3 on the road. Using this criteria, the Cats go into the Big 10 season, 7-4, not a bad start.

Of course, all of this is based on all the teams' preseason play.

We're still waiting for Mike Thompson and Mo Hachad to find their offensive game, Bernard Cote` to show us what he's got, and Michael Jenkins to start leading the offense. The Wildcat faithful also expect NU to steal a couple on the road, so we can head into the Big 10 schedule with a better record than in years past.

Right now our expectations are fighting Jeff Sangarin's computer.



If you don't think the NCAA isn't getting tough on recruiting, and other violations, look at the hoops Jerry Wainwright just had to jump through after visiting a prospect who had just signed his Letter of intent.

Then look at the suspensions they just handed out to a bunch of Bradley players who had summer jobs but didn't necessarily have to report for work.

The money involved was pretty small by today's standards - a couple of hundred a week - but two players are sitting out a bunch of games, and there are a couple more under the gun.

Lets face it, there are no more $10k a year summer jobs with a company car out there for athletes. Too bad, a ball player with local connections could take over a dormant sales list for some commercial outfit as an outside sales rep and easily make that his 2nd year.

Too bad that the NCAA would probably also consider that a "no show" job.
-- da Coach

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