Q: UTEP has an RPI of 44, which seems to indiate an 11 seed. The only argument against them is their strength of schedule, which makes up 50 percent of the RPI formula that says they should be 11th. Why 13th?
Hypothetical A: We look at lots of different factors and just feel that a 13 was the best fit for them.
The way things would have gone if they had lost to Tulane, leaving their RPI in the low 50s:
Q: Why did you leave a 28-4 regular-season champion from one of the better mid-majors out of the tournament?
College Station, Bridgeport (Conn.), Nashville, Chapel Hil (N.C.), Norman (Okla.), Bowling Green (Ohio), Little Rock (Ark.), Chicago, South Bend (Ind.), Baton Rouge (La.), Spokane (Wash.), College Park (Maryland), Tallahassee (Fla.), West Lafayette (Ind.), Norfolk (Va.), Ames (Iowa).
I wouldn't consider it a 1 in 16 chance for each of the above. There often is some geographical sense for the lower seeds and I'd consider Collge Station, Norman and Little Rock the favorites, with perhaps Spokane and Baton Rouge next favorites.
After walking around downtown Memphis and saying my goodbyes, I wander back over to the Fed-Ex Forum about two hours before the tip of the women's championship game. There was a woman in her mid-20s with a toddler running around near her and she asked me if there was a game.
I told her not only was there a women's game, they were letting people in for free. After spending a few moments convincing her this was true, she asked her little girl if she wanted to go to a basketball game. This caused the girl to start jumping up and down yelling 'Yes yes yes.'
USM is UTEP's opponents in the quarterfinals. They were 0-8 in conference after losing to UTEP, then upset second-place Memphis at Memphis to turn around their season.
"What a ball game. Again as we went through the month of February, it all started right here in the Elma Roane Fieldhouse when we bounced back after several losses in the month of January, and we came back in here and got a huge victory over the University of Memphis. We’ve talked this entire time that we were fine tuning in Fantastic February to be able to March in March. We talked to them about that we were the only team in conference play to have won in this building, and that we were going to make this our house, and we were going to play with tremendous amount of poise and belief that we were going to protect our home court. I think this Lady Eagle team definitely did that today. They were absolutely poised. They played with a lot of confidence. They played with a lot of pride."
UTEP’s Gloria Brown is a first-team All-Conference USA and an all-defensive squad selection while Irvin graduate Kayla Thornton is a second-team selection, the league office announced Sunday. Brown, a second-team pick a year ago, joins former star Jareica Hughes as the only Miners in program history to earn both first team and all-defensive team honors in the same season. The league-champion Miners placed multiple players on the team for the second time. The last time UTEP won the league crown in 2007-08, three players (Hughes, Natasha Lacy & Izabela Piekarska) made the team. The senior Brown leads the league in blocks at 2.9 per game and averages 11.5 points and 8.8 rebounds per game off the bench. The sophomore Thornton averages 9.8 points and 7.1 rebounds for UTEP, which will open the C-USA tournament Thursday against either UCF or Southern Miss at 5 p.m. The all-conference team was voted on by coaches, sports information directors and selected media. Specialty honors will be announced today, when Brown is a favorite to win sixth-player of the year honors.
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