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Vasquez Named ACC Player of the Week

From the ACC:


GREENSBORO, N.C. – Maryland’s Greivis Vasquez has been named ACC player of the week and Duke’s Elliott Williams is the ACC rookie of the week.
In earning Player of the Week honors for the second time this year and fourth time in his career, Vasquez posted the first triple-double at Maryland since 1987 with 35 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in the Terps’ 88-85 overtime victory against third-ranked North Carolina Saturday. The 35 points marked the highest point total ever by an ACC player recording a triple-double.
Vasquez scored Maryland’s first 16 points of the game and helped the Terps rally from a 16-point deficit in the second half and a nine-point deficit in the final two minutes. The Caracus, Venezuela, junior made 13-of-24 from the floor, including 5-of-10 from three-point range. Vasquez, who averaged 23.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 5.5 assists on the week, also tied for the team-high in blocks (3) and steals (2) against the Tar Heels.
Inserted into the starting lineup this week, Williams responded by averaging 11.0 points and 2.0 steals per game in wins over St. John’s and eighth-ranked Wake Forest. The Memphis, Tenn., native was 10-of-14 from the field (.714) for the week and recorded the first two double figure scoring games of his career. Williams was 5-of-6 from the field for 11 points against the Red Storm and 5-of-8 for 11 points in Sunday’s win over the Demon Deacons. Williams also had four steals against Wake Forest and was a major factor in a defense that forced 20 turnovers, including 16 in the opening 20 minutes of play

By Matthew Rennie  |  February 23, 2009; 5:46 PM ET
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Comments

So continuing to look at the various rankings, the RPI website compares Big East vs ACC as follows:

Big East: 9 teams in the top 60 (positions 1, 8, 9, 12, 13, 21, 24, 45, and 53)
ACC: 8 teams, ranked 3,4,8,17,18,52,55)

Again very close, but you could argue for the Big East.

Maybe the most important ranking: Maryland Terrapins, 52nd.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 23, 2009 10:09 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, the Big East had the 9th ranked team, not the 8th.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 23, 2009 10:10 PM | Report abuse

If the ACC has 8 of 12 teams in the top 60 compared with the Big East having 9 of 16, then the debate is over. 8 of 12 is a lot better than 9 of 16.

Thank you Samson for proving beyond any doubt that the ACC is the better conference this year.

Posted by: Barno1 | February 24, 2009 12:10 AM | Report abuse

barno:"If the ACC has 8 of 12 teams in the top 60 compared with the Big East having 9 of 16, then the debate is over. 8 of 12 is a lot better than 9 of 16. Thank you Samson for proving beyond any doubt that the ACC is the better conference this year."

I think the mistake there is in what you're considering the sample.

The sample I took isn't 12 or 16 teams -- it's 60.

Of the sixty I mentioned, the Big East has 26%, the ACC twenty percent.

Of course, that doesn't actually 'prove' the Big East is the stronger conference -- any more than having 8 of 12 ranked would 'prove' the ACC is stronger.

It's just another bit of evidence to consider.

But doing it your way is just a way of penalizing one conference for having more teams than the other.

Sure hope Maryland gets in. The bloviators have slid them tentatively into that last spot -- pending their performance these last games, and in the tourney.

Maybe Maryland is finally on a streak. Or maybe another team will go in the tank.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 24, 2009 5:46 AM | Report abuse

Getting back to GV as player of the week. It had to have been the easiest pick of the whole season.

Posted by: erniegogo | February 24, 2009 6:36 AM | Report abuse

Samson, seriously, you're killing me. The ACC has 12 teams in it. The Big East has 16. Go take a night class on probability, statistics, economies of scale. Something. Or think of it this way. If you get in a fight with 1 guy what re the odds of that one guy landing a punch that knocks you out? Lets say you get in a fight with 20 guys. Do the odds change? What if those 20 guys were midgets and the one guy was a boxer? Does that make the midget that knocked you out a better fighter than the boxer? Does that make ALL midgets better fighters than boxers? It's like midgets and boxers man, not rocket science.

Posted by: Lee26 | February 24, 2009 9:58 AM | Report abuse

And yes. You penalize the Big East for having 4 teams at the bottom of the conference that are basically mid majors (not good ones either) that everyone get's to beat 4+ times a year for free and pretend it's a semi quality win.

Posted by: Lee26 | February 24, 2009 10:03 AM | Report abuse

lee26: "Samson, seriously, you're killing me. The ACC has 12 teams in it. The Big East has 16. Go take a night class on probability, statistics, economies of scale. Something. Or think of it this way. If you get in a fight with 1 guy what re the odds of that one guy landing a punch that knocks you out? Lets say you get in a fight with 20 guys. Do the odds change? What if those 20 guys were midgets and the one guy was a boxer? Does that make the midget that knocked you out a better fighter than the boxer? Does that make ALL midgets better fighters than boxers? It's like midgets and boxers man, not rocket science."

The flaw in this logic (I'm getting used to starting sentences that way) is that the NCAA tournament doesn't select whole conferences. It selects teams that happen to represent conferences.

Doesn't matter how the bottom 4 clubs in the Big East do. They're not going to the tournament anyway.

Must be tough being a helpless homer. You have to keep cutting and pasting reality to fit your predetermined conclusion.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 24, 2009 11:52 AM | Report abuse

You know what? This discussion about conferences is stupid. Who cares? We're all rooting for the same damn team. Maybe you've got money riding on it; I don't.

Enough already. Talk amongst yourselves.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 24, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

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