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2012-12-19 09:32:01 AM  
If they did this ranking in the NFL, the Jets would be #1 just for the sheer lulz factor.
 
2012-12-19 12:15:55 PM  
Louisville is a terrific team and a good watch, but by no means should they be #1. Their defense is often pretty damn ugly. Again, that doesn't make them unwatchable, just not close to the top rank. I think Duke and Indiana are far better pure basketball right now.
 
2012-12-19 12:16:24 PM  
This list is suspect without Grinnell.
 
2012-12-19 12:20:53 PM  
Mizzou. List fails without them.
 
2012-12-19 12:27:12 PM  
Nice to see UD getting some recognition. Some amazingly athletic guys on that team.
 
2012-12-19 12:27:32 PM  

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: Louisville is a terrific team and a good watch, but by no means should they be #1. Their defense is often pretty damn ugly. Again, that doesn't make them unwatchable, just not close to the top rank. I think Duke and Indiana are far better pure basketball right now.


I'm an idiot. Louisville's defense is terrific and fun to watch. Their offense, however, is often pretty bad.
 
2012-12-19 12:35:52 PM  
yeah SYRACUSE
 
2012-12-19 12:41:27 PM  
He says he doesn't know why Burke isn't doing this in the NBA, but it's pretty obvious -- he's short, so he was only projected as a second rounder after last year. First rounders get guaranteed multiyear contracts while second rounders often don't and I think he figured he could play his way into the first round. Looking like the right decision, the draftniks seem to have him around 20th overall, solidly in the first round.
 
2012-12-19 12:41:33 PM  
15 most watchable college basketball teams for pure entertainment value
 
college basketball
 
watchable
 
ROFL
 
2012-12-19 12:47:24 PM  
Nice blurb on Gonzaga.
 
2012-12-19 12:59:34 PM  
As a supporter of the least watchable college basketball team of all time, I'm getting a kick.

/Go Badgers!
 
2012-12-19 01:03:30 PM  
Good to see UF on the list. Despite their recent debacle of a game close-out vs AZ, I still think they are a top 5 team in the country, and should be a top 5 in this list as well. Every single starter, and several backups can score in a variety of ways in a 1 v 1 scenario, they have some ridiculously good 3 point shooters, they have a monster in the middle, and they pass and move without the ball very well. Oh, and they also play full court press defense much of the time. When the rout is on, UF absolutely pours it on.
 
2012-12-19 01:16:49 PM  
Exactly how is watching Syracuse hammer the same Northeast cupcakes year-after-year in November and December entertaining?

Boeheim would play Vasser, Sarah Lawrence and Canisius 4 times each in his non-conference schedule if the AD would let him.
 
2012-12-19 01:23:32 PM  

FriarReb98: If they did this ranking in the NFL, the Jets would be #1 just for the sheer lulz factor.


Good lord, we finally get a non-Jets thread on the sports tab and this is how we start off. Fark it all, man.
 
2012-12-19 01:27:25 PM  
Duke is only fun to watch if you like watching refs allow one team to travel, hack, flop without a call while the refs call breathing on a duke player a foul if duke happens to be losing.
 
2012-12-19 01:28:46 PM  
Seeing Duke lose to Lehigh was pure entertainment value.
 
2012-12-19 01:32:30 PM  
Three teams from the powerful A10! I really hope the Catholic 7 does not fark up the current A10 because it is an awesome conference.

/Go Rams.
 
2012-12-19 01:39:40 PM  
I submit Iona and St. Peter's as the two least watchable teams, for opposite reasons: Iona for its amazing ability to routinely turn 50-27 halftime leads into 83-80 losses, and St. Peter's for its affection for 45-40 final scores in recent years.
 
2012-12-19 01:47:00 PM  

Super Chronic: I submit Iona and St. Peter's as the two least watchable teams, for opposite reasons: Iona for its amazing ability to routinely turn 50-27 halftime leads into 83-80 losses, and St. Peter's for its affection for 45-40 final scores in recent years.


If you're looking for a college basketball game of pure suck, you already missed it. It was Georgetown vs. Tennessee, final score 37-36 Hoyas. ZERO points by either team in the final 4 minutes.
 
2012-12-19 02:04:41 PM  
If you enjoy watching the Reggie Miller legkick, you do not like basketball.
 
2012-12-19 02:20:33 PM  

12349876: If you're looking for a college basketball game of pure suck, you already missed it. It was Georgetown vs. Tennessee, final score 37-36 Hoyas. ZERO points by either team in the final 4 minutes


Illinois under Bruce Weber seemed to have one of those games almost every year.
 
2012-12-19 02:22:35 PM  

12349876: Super Chronic: I submit Iona and St. Peter's as the two least watchable teams, for opposite reasons: Iona for its amazing ability to routinely turn 50-27 halftime leads into 83-80 losses, and St. Peter's for its affection for 45-40 final scores in recent years.

If you're looking for a college basketball game of pure suck, you already missed it. It was Georgetown vs. Tennessee, final score 37-36 Hoyas. ZERO points by either team in the final 4 minutes.


Truly one of the worst games ever.
 
2012-12-19 02:54:07 PM  

MyRandomName: Duke is only fun to watch if you like watching refs allow one team to travel, hack, flop without a call while the refs call breathing on a duke player a foul if duke happens to be losing.


You know how I know you haven't watched them play?
 
2012-12-19 02:57:45 PM  

calm like a bomb: MyRandomName: Duke is only fun to watch if you like watching refs allow one team to travel, hack, flop without a call while the refs call breathing on a duke player a foul if duke happens to be losing.

You know how I know you haven't watched them play?


Because it happens whether Duke is losing or winning?
 
2012-12-19 02:58:05 PM  

calm like a bomb: MyRandomName: Duke is only fun to watch if you like watching refs allow one team to travel, hack, flop without a call while the refs call breathing on a duke player a foul if duke happens to be losing.

You know how I know you haven't watched them play?


Seriously. I am not a Duke fan but these guys are fun.
 
2012-12-19 02:58:36 PM  

Coach_J: Exactly how is watching Syracuse hammer the same Northeast cupcakes year-after-year in November and December entertaining?

Boeheim would play Vasser, Sarah Lawrence and Canisius 4 times each in his non-conference schedule if the AD would let him.



Syracuse is currently ranked 16th in strength of schedule rankings, dopey. Quit listening to everything Dick Vitale says as truth.
 
2012-12-19 03:01:43 PM  

cmunic8r99: calm like a bomb: MyRandomName: Duke is only fun to watch if you like watching refs allow one team to travel, hack, flop without a call while the refs call breathing on a duke player a foul if duke happens to be losing.

You know how I know you haven't watched them play?

Because it happens whether Duke is losing or winning?


Because this is a just a common excuse amongst the "I wish Duke didn't generally slaughter my alma mater in basketball" crowd, of which you are a proud card-carrying member.
 
2012-12-19 03:06:21 PM  

12349876: Super Chronic: I submit Iona and St. Peter's as the two least watchable teams, for opposite reasons: Iona for its amazing ability to routinely turn 50-27 halftime leads into 83-80 losses, and St. Peter's for its affection for 45-40 final scores in recent years.

If you're looking for a college basketball game of pure suck, you already missed it. It was Georgetown vs. Tennessee, final score 37-36 Hoyas. ZERO points by either team in the final 4 minutes.


It seems Tennessee just has trouble scoring. They only put up 38 against Virginia a couple of weeks ago.
 
2012-12-19 03:06:46 PM  

calm like a bomb: cmunic8r99: calm like a bomb: MyRandomName: Duke is only fun to watch if you like watching refs allow one team to travel, hack, flop without a call while the refs call breathing on a duke player a foul if duke happens to be losing.

You know how I know you haven't watched them play?

Because it happens whether Duke is losing or winning?

Because this is a just a common excuse amongst the "I wish Duke didn't generally slaughter my alma mater in basketball" crowd, of which you are a proud card-carrying member.


Now, I'm in your camp because Duke is good, but 7 points is anything but a slaughter.
 
2012-12-19 03:10:42 PM  

calm like a bomb: cmunic8r99: calm like a bomb: MyRandomName: Duke is only fun to watch if you like watching refs allow one team to travel, hack, flop without a call while the refs call breathing on a duke player a foul if duke happens to be losing.

You know how I know you haven't watched them play?

Because it happens whether Duke is losing or winning?

Because this is a just a common excuse amongst the "I wish Duke didn't generally slaughter my alma mater in basketball" crowd, of which you are a proud card-carrying member.


Please do share the result of the last duke and Arizona game. We will all revel in your recap.
 
2012-12-19 03:17:39 PM  

babysealclubber: Now, I'm in your camp because Duke is good, but 7 points is anything but a slaughter.


I'm trolling a bit. Pretty easy to do around here on this topic.
 
2012-12-19 03:22:11 PM  

Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: Louisville is a terrific team and a good watch, but by no means should they be #1. Their defense is often pretty damn ugly. Again, that doesn't make them unwatchable, just not close to the top rank. I think Duke and Indiana are far better pure basketball right now.


What, you don't want to see a gritty team come together and slay giants such as Samford, Northern Iowa, Missouri, Miami of Ohio, Illinois State, College of Charleston, Missouri Kansas City, Memphis, and tonight, Florida International? Why not just have all intramural games if this is the schedule?
 
2012-12-19 03:25:17 PM  

MyRandomName: Please do share the result of the last duke and Arizona game. We will all revel in your recap.


Arizona has done well to be 0.500 against Duke in the last fifty years. They could put that on a banner next to the '97 championship, as I'm sure there's room in the rafters.
 
2012-12-19 03:43:21 PM  

GQueue: 12349876: If you're looking for a college basketball game of pure suck, you already missed it. It was Georgetown vs. Tennessee, final score 37-36 Hoyas. ZERO points by either team in the final 4 minutes

Illinois under Bruce Weber seemed to have one of those games almost every year.


It was called "the Penn State game".
 
2012-12-19 03:48:14 PM  

EyeballKid: Scorpitron is reduced to a thin red paste: Louisville is a terrific team and a good watch, but by no means should they be #1. Their defense is often pretty damn ugly. Again, that doesn't make them unwatchable, just not close to the top rank. I think Duke and Indiana are far better pure basketball right now.

What, you don't want to see a gritty team come together and slay giants such as Samford, Northern Iowa, Missouri, Miami of Ohio, Illinois State, College of Charleston, Missouri Kansas City, Memphis, and tonight, Florida International? Why not just have all intramural games if this is the schedule?


That's a pretty legit non-conf schedule. Missouri, ISU, and Memphis are all very good teams.
 
2012-12-19 04:09:07 PM  

blunto: Syracuse is currently ranked 16th in strength of schedule rankings, dopey.


KenPom has them at 262nd right now. Their OOC schedule is as terrible as usual.
 
2012-12-19 04:10:49 PM  

calm like a bomb: MyRandomName: Please do share the result of the last duke and Arizona game. We will all revel in your recap.

Arizona has done well to be 0.500 against Duke in the last fifty years. They could put that on a banner next to the '97 championship, as I'm sure there's room in the rafters.


Are you really denigrating a team your alma mater is .500 against? Doesn't make much sense.

I do admit I love all the YouTube travel videos. Do believe duke has the record number of steps allowed without a whistle.
 
2012-12-19 04:14:27 PM  

MyRandomName: Are you really denigrating a team your alma mater is .500 against? Doesn't make much sense.


Nah. I'm saying four banners take up more space than one, that's all.
 
2012-12-19 04:44:22 PM  

FriarReb98: If they did this ranking in the NFL, the Jets would be #1 just for the sheer lulz factor.


No. Just no. I've watched several Jets games this year and each one was torture.
 
2012-12-19 06:50:15 PM  

calm like a bomb: MyRandomName: Are you really denigrating a team your alma mater is .500 against? Doesn't make much sense.

Nah. I'm saying four banners take up more space than one, that's all.


Thank god colleges only have one sport to compare championships with.
 
2012-12-19 07:34:14 PM  
I guess my Jayhawks aren't very "watchable" right now because we beat NCAA tournament teams by 30 every night...?

Even Todd Akin thinks what KU is going to do to the Big XII this year is legitimately rape.

See y'all in Atlanta!
 
2012-12-19 07:55:41 PM  

MyRandomName: calm like a bomb: MyRandomName: Are you really denigrating a team your alma mater is .500 against? Doesn't make much sense.

Nah. I'm saying four banners take up more space than one, that's all.

Thank god colleges only have one sport to compare championships with.


I'm sorry, I thought we were talking about basketball.
 
2012-12-19 08:09:58 PM  

calm like a bomb: MyRandomName: calm like a bomb: MyRandomName: Are you really denigrating a team your alma mater is .500 against? Doesn't make much sense.

Nah. I'm saying four banners take up more space than one, that's all.

Thank god colleges only have one sport to compare championships with.

I'm sorry, I thought we were talking about basketball.


When you only have one point of pride you talk about singular points.
 
2012-12-19 08:58:14 PM  

Doogled: If you enjoy watching the Reggie Miller legkick, you do not like basketball.


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2012-12-19 09:22:10 PM  

Super Chronic: FriarReb98: If they did this ranking in the NFL, the Jets would be #1 just for the sheer lulz factor.

Good lord, we finally get a non-Jets thread on the sports tab and this is how we start off. Fark it all, man.



::evil maniacal laugh coming from my direction::
 
2012-12-19 09:41:05 PM  

blunto: Coach_J: Exactly how is watching Syracuse hammer the same Northeast cupcakes year-after-year in November and December entertaining?

Boeheim would play Vasser, Sarah Lawrence and Canisius 4 times each in his non-conference schedule if the AD would let him.

Syracuse is currently ranked 16th in strength of schedule rankings, dopey. Quit listening to everything Dick Vitale says as truth.


Kenpom has them at 262th hardest and dropping after more cupcake games with Alcorn State and CCSU.

Sagarin has them at 256th hardest.

The only thing easier than Syracuse's non-conference schedule was the level of difficulty I faced making you look like a know-nothing jackass.

Thanks for playing, sneezy.
 
2012-12-19 10:15:14 PM  

Mid_mo_mad_man: Mizzou. List fails without them.


Yeah, going 9-1 against the 340th toughest schedule is something that everyone's jumping at the bit to see.

/Even as a KU guy, they were far more entertaining to watch last year.
 
2012-12-20 12:59:20 AM  

Super Chronic: I submit Iona and St. Peter's as the two least watchable teams, for opposite reasons: Iona for its amazing ability to routinely turn 50-27 halftime leads into 83-80 losses, and St. Peter's for its affection for 45-40 final scores in recent years.


Fairfield does the same thing as Iona except they can't even score 83 points.

/yaaaaay maac basketball
 
2012-12-20 10:43:59 AM  

MyRandomName: When you only have one point of pride you talk about singular points.


Thanks for conceding.
 
2012-12-20 01:13:45 PM  

Now That's What I Call a Taco!: I guess my Jayhawks aren't very "watchable" right now because we beat NCAA tournament teams by 30 every night...?


They're worth watching just in case McLemore does something insane.

Can you imagine how good they would have been last year if he was playing 20 minutes a game instead of Conner Teahan?
 
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