Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Kentucky transfer Alex Legion wants to play NAIA schedule

That's the only thing I can think of when reading that Alex Legion, who recently left Kentucky and will transfer, is considering Notre Dame and will visit South Bend on Wednesday.

Mike Brey is a decent coach, but the turtleneck-sporting stooge has put together the worst non-conference schedule I have ever seen. Here is his sked through December:

Long Island-W 82-50
Monmouth-W 76-33 (Virgin Islands Tourney)
Baylor-L 68-64 (Virgin Islands Tourney)
Georgia Tech -L 70-69 (Virgin Islands Tourney)
Youngstown St- W 87-75
Colgate- 94-63 (Crest and Arm & Hammer were not available)
Eastern Michigan- W 76-65
Kansas State- W 68-59
Northern Illinois- W 108-62
San Francisco- Dec 22
Brown- Dec 29
North Florida- Dec 31

What is ND Athletic Director Kevin White thinking allowing this horrid non-conference sked? It's obvious the selection committee in March is frowning more and more upon teams who don't challenge themselves in the first two months of the season.

First of all, there are only two teams on this list that are even in the top 100 college basketball programs in the country, Kansas State and Georgia Tech. Second, other than the tournament in the virgin Islands, every game is a home game, with the exception of Kansas State, which was played at Conseco Fieldhouse, so pretty much a de facto home court advantage for the Irish.

Notre Dame has played just two teams in the top 100 in RPI, which are shockingly, Georgia Tech and Kansas State. Granted, they beat KSU, but Kansas State is clinging to No. 99 in the RPI, and will fall apart in the Big 12 anyway.

Why the shit schedule? Because Mike Brey is on a yearly basis trying to save his job in south bend and this is the only way he can do it, by going 10-2 every year in non-conference so his record looks decent after getting bitch slapped through the Big East conference sked.

So instead of playing for one of the all-time winningest programs in college basketball, who despite going through a rough season will be back in the elite soon enough, he wants to go play for a team that will be one of the last 4 chosen into the NCAA at best this season. Obviously, competing for that coveted fifth place Big East finish is more a focus than SEC titles and Final Four berths he could potentially get at Kentucky.

Whata moron.

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