Monday, January 26, 2015

Scanning the SoCon

Each week, SoCon bloggers/message boarders (one representing each team) vote on a Game of the WeekPower Rankings and Player of the Week. At least three of the bloggers will answer a series of questions on their team and things of interest around the SoCon.

Scanning the SoCon

This is my submission to this week's Scanning the SoCon.  You will be able to read the entire consolidated article and see everyone's answers to this week's questions, just visit MocsMania 

Power Rankings
7-Western Carolina

Player of the Week
Jalen Riley, ETSU

Game of the Week
Chattanooga at Mercer

Sum up your team
Western Carolina - The Cats split this week, beating the first place time (in Cullowhee) Mercer, and losing to the last place team, Samford (on the road). The Cats are 0-4 on road games this season, and up until Saturday, all lthe losses had been to on of the top four teams in the conference, then we travel to Biringham, and gift wrap a victory for the Bulldogs by putting them on the charity strip for 28 attempts at free points, and they obliged by hitting 26 of their 28 attempts, for a blistering 93%. The Cats now travel to VMI and UNCG next week, hoping to bust that road losing streak.

How many losses do you think will win the regular season conference title? Explain.
I think the regular season title will be won by a team with 3 (maybe 4) conference losses. My guess would be that two teams with finish with only 3 or 4 losses, and Wofford being one of those two teams, will hold the tie breaker, and take the #1 seed into he tournament. However, that's just my guess.

What record do you think will get the final bye (the sixth spot)?
In my opinion, the sixth seed will have an overall losing conference record. I think somewhere around an 8-10 mark. I think the top three teams will have in the neighborhood of 14 conference wins, head and shoulders above the remainder of the conference in terms of wins.

How important is a different ball to a team's home court advantage do you think? Why? Would you be in favor of having a universal ball used in all of college basketball? Why or why not?
I'm a firm believer in "if it's not broke, don't fix it" and I don't currently think it's broke. In my opinion, the ball manufacturer situation in the SoCon is NOT a problem, however I didn't know there was the flexibility to use all the different balls as described in the article. It seems that in this country, we have a tendency to need a rule for everything, and must have that so called "level playing field" for all, however I think the current rules - levels the field as much as it needs leveling.