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  • SpartanDude Feb 19, 2013
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    Well, I have to say I am so disappointed that my Spartans could not seal the deal against the Hoosiers. We had our chances but just could not put the ball in the bucket in the last minute. IU showed they are #1. Miami squeezes out yet another close win, showing some toughness in tight end of game situations.

    I still expect coach Izzo to have the Spartans ready for another deep tourney run.

  • VT1994Hokie Feb 19, 2013
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    Every game from the very 1st to the Tournament counts. All. The committee looks at all stats. That's why UNC is a bubble team right now. Miami should have gone down by now in the ACC. Talking about lucky at times. Clemson had them @ home.

  • Leave it to Beaver Reruns Feb 19, 2013
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    I didn't say that you said they were meaningless either....

    You are right, there is no exact science to know for sure who is better than another....THANK GOD we have a tourney to determine the champ!

  • 903 mens national championships Feb 19, 2013
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    I didn't say the Nov and Dec games are meaningless. I said they "don't mean as much to me as results in February". With the key words being "to me". The reason why I probably believe there is some merit to this is because every march when the bracket comes out, one of the key criteria you hear about is Won-Loss record in the last 10 games.

    As for Duke. I don't feel as confident about Duke now as compared to how confident I was when they were 15-0.

    There is no exact science to debating which team is better than another. It's all based on personal opinion until everyone plays the exact same schedule.

  • Leave it to Beaver Reruns Feb 19, 2013
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    To me, the whole argument that November and December games should not mean as much as January and February games is bogus. If that is the case, we should start the season in January.

  • Leave it to Beaver Reruns Feb 19, 2013
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    but you just told me November games do not matter to you....so 10-3 makes a 2 seed?

  • 903 mens national championships Feb 19, 2013
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    Duke's 22-3. I don't think any team with only 3 losses deserves to fall to a 4 or 5 seed. I think a #2 seed is fair.

  • Leave it to Beaver Reruns Feb 19, 2013
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    so by your standards, we deserve a 4 maybe 5 seed based on what we have done in January and February?

    I totally agree about Izzo teams in Novemeber being different than Izzo teams in February, but I am not going to discredit Miami's head-to-head win over the Spartans.

  • 903 mens national championships Feb 19, 2013
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    I'd say Miami beating Michigan State is pretty impressive....right?

    When was that played? I hate to say it but wins in Nov and Dec don't mean as much to me as results in February.

    What about that thumping they put on Duke? Pretty impressive also.

    As much of a Duke homer as I am, I hate to say it but Duke without Ryan Kelly is no match for Miami.

    I am not trying to say that Miami should be ranked ahead of Michigan State, just saying it is not as cut and dry as you seem to make it.

    Point taken. Michigan State doesn't have a perfect conference record like Miami. I'm just saying when conference play starts, you have to take into account the stength of the conference when comparing teams from different conferences.

    I also take into account Izzo's history. It seems year after year, his teams start slow and off the radar then sometime in mid-Feb, they end up in the top ten and eventually a favorite to make the Final Four. This year's no different.

  • 903 mens national championships Feb 19, 2013
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    Feb 2 @#3 IND L81-73
    Feb 9 @WIS L65-62 OT
    Feb 12 @#8 MSU L75-52

    That's what I'm saying. Miami plays in a weak conference. Michigan State (and Michigan) play at places like IU and Wisconsin and Michigan State.

    I love the ACC and all, but c'mon, the Big Ten is just a better conference.

  • Leave it to Beaver Reruns Feb 19, 2013
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    I'd say Miami beating Michigan State is pretty impressive....right?

    What about that thumping they put on Duke? Pretty impressive also.

    I am not trying to say that Miami should be ranked ahead of Michigan State, just saying it is not as cut and dry as you seem to make it.

  • SpartanDude Feb 19, 2013
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    That makes my point for me. Thanks 903.

    Now Spartans just need to get it done.

  • The1 Feb 19, 2013
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    Michigan has lost 3 of their last 5 games. Maybe they aren't quite as good as you think.

  • 903 mens national championships Feb 19, 2013
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    Miami plays in a much weaker conference than Michigan State. Michigan State beat the cr*p out of Michigan just last week, 75-52. That was more impressive than anything Miami has done this year.

    They host IU tonight, obviously if they win that to go with beating Michigan, their resume will be pretty solid.

  • Leave it to Beaver Reruns Feb 19, 2013
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    yeah....my gut says Michigan State is better because of name recognition and conference strength, but Miami's results on the floor tell me something different.

    I'd say it's a toss up.

  • The1 Feb 19, 2013
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    Miami has won 13 in a row overall and is undefeated in conference play including defeating the (then) #1 ranked team. Michigan State has won 5 in a row with the biggest win against the #4 team. They also have 2 conference loses. I give the edge to Miami.

  • SpartanDude Feb 19, 2013
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    While that is certainly true, when you look at recent play, MSU have performed at a higher level than Miami.

  • Leave it to Beaver Reruns Feb 19, 2013
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    The whole argument that "Miami beat you" will come back in to the mix.

  • SpartanDude Feb 19, 2013
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    They're their now. Miami does deserve their ranking. But I'm looking forward to the Spartans taking it to the Hoosiers. Should the Spartans win, I have a hard time seeing Miami taking the top spot in comparison to the the way MSU has played lately.

  • 903 mens national championships Feb 19, 2013
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    I'd love to think Duke could win the rematch at home against Miami, but Miami got the W last season at Cameron including Reggie going off for 27 and 12 and all their starters in that game are still on this team. So they aren't gonna be phased a bit that this game is in Cameron. Maybe Ryan Kelly will be back, but even if he is, the game is only a little over two weeks away and he's still doing pool work, so his conditioning and timing aren't going to be back yet.

  • jmcdow2792 Feb 19, 2013
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    Miami deserves there ranking right now. It gets interesting from here on in.

  • DooksucksV3 Feb 19, 2013
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    Every good team has several of these a year. The fact that they found a way to win says it all.

  • DooksucksV3 Feb 19, 2013
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    Yep, was talking more along the lines of claiming #1.

  • BattlingBishop 5 Feb 18, 2013
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    Well, there is that other team in Miami. lol

  • MoDuke v2 is gone Feb 18, 2013
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    As I have stated before, the only way the U loses is if someone catches them on a night when their shooting goes cold. Well Clemson caught them on a FRIGID night but still couldn't cash in.

  • Brackettville Feb 18, 2013
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    This made me laugh

  • BattlingBishop 5 Feb 18, 2013
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    I think Duke will beat 'em at home but Duke could easily lose a couple of games between now & the end of the season.

  • BattlingBishop 5 Feb 18, 2013
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    Use a better example next time. My guess is that he thinks the 'Canes are better based on his post. LOL

  • Ken D. Feb 18, 2013
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    That's not the point. I asked a pretty simple question. Which is the better team? Not who might win on any given night. If seedofdoubt thinks Miami should be ranked #1, isn't he saying he thinks they are the better team? I think Miami is very good. I don't think they are better than Indiana. What may or may not happen in the NCAAT is irrelevant today.

  • Prof. Swahili Feb 18, 2013
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    One word Hokie. "HOSED"

  • VT1994Hokie Feb 18, 2013
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    It's like any hypothetical situation on here. We can't ever compare 10 games to anything. Had VT shot a few more FT's, we could have won a darn game. 43-7. What your best guess on this in games that you've seen or read about over the years? 43-7.

  • VT1994Hokie Feb 18, 2013
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    I'm hoping and thinking that Miami is slowing down and Duke will beat them. Go Duke.

  • VT1994Hokie Feb 18, 2013
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    Correct. Talking about what's not possible now Ken D. How many times would Miami come out on top? No way to know this one. That's a woulda and will never happen.

  • BattlingBishop 5 Feb 18, 2013
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    Irrelevant! They're not gonna play 10 times. If they play each other at all, it'll be in the NCAA Tourney & they only need to beat 'em once.

  • larrys080 .v1 Feb 18, 2013
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    Hes a State fan! They aren't used to loking at rankings over the last 30 years! Sorry!

  • The1 Feb 18, 2013
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    They can't "lose a few" in the ACC tourney. One loss and they are out of the tourney. Hope this helps.

  • VT1994Hokie Feb 18, 2013
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    After the ugly game last night, I don't think Miami is deserving of a #2. IU is front of them IMO. UVA could beat them. Larkin was shut down last night and both teams shot dismally. Miami looked like a middle team of the ACC last night. I know this can happen to any team. What IU does will determine how it comes down to rankings.

  • 903 mens national championships Feb 18, 2013
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    Based on what Miami did against Clemson, I don't think Clemson would've won at Maryland. And duke would've beaten Clemson, based on clemson's performance in that game. I think miami's about to lose a few. Maybe not more than one in the regular season but probably one regular season and one in the acc tourney.

  • seedofdoubt Feb 18, 2013
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    I question whether Miami will beat Virginia. If they do, it won't be by much.

  • Ken D. Feb 18, 2013
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    Do you think they are better than Indiana, or just that they should be ranked ahead of them? Unfortunately, those two things aren't always the same, as different poll voters use different criteria when casting their ballot.

    If those two teams met ten times on a neutral court, how many times do you think Miami would come out on top?

  • Leave it to Beaver Reruns Feb 18, 2013
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    well, he is talking about next week's poll, correct? The NEXT poll comes out on 25 Feb 13. If Miami beats Duke next week (you are correct about that being next week) Miami would have a shot at being on the top of the poll in 2 weeks.

  • ncsufan18 Feb 18, 2013
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    Not really since the game is March 2nd, which is a Saturday and most calendars have weeks starting on a Sunday. So using basic logic Miami plays Duke next week.

  • 903 mens national championships Feb 18, 2013
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    IU plays at #4 Michigan State Tues. Miami plays UVa and Wake. If neither team loses, there is no way Miami jumps over IU this week. I know there's a good chance IU loses this game but if they don't, nothing Miami can do in those two games is more impressive than beating MSU on the road.

  • Leave it to Beaver Reruns Feb 18, 2013
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    going to be hard to do unless they reschedule the game.

  • BeastOfTheHill Feb 18, 2013
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    ...as dook's 2013 flamout begins. Tired and weary. LeHigh!

  • DooksucksV3 Feb 18, 2013
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    If they beat Dook at Dook they will get the #1 spot next week.

  • MoDuke v2 is gone Feb 18, 2013
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    Hard to argue with #'s 1 & 2 or make a case for anyone else.

  • 903 mens national championships Feb 18, 2013
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    Not sure how Miami deserves to jump over IU. IU won two games by about 30 points each. Miami won two games in pretty unconvincing fashion. And last night they avoided overtime against Clemson due to a bad charge/block call that benefitted them.

  • BattlingBishop 5 Feb 18, 2013
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    Agree with those who think they should be #1.

  • Coach C Feb 18, 2013
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    +1

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