- Mar 14, 2003
Huskers can't throw strikes. The zone seems crazy small to me
It's 5-1 but feels a lot worse than that
Now you just need to win 3 in a row.Kopps is getting a little more generous of a zone, but the Hogs are a really, really solid team
From the "Searching For Silver Linings" category . . .
Can you imagine if (a) Iowa made a Regional and (b) Wallace prevailed over his opposing pitcher in game 1 . . . what the damage would have looked like if Iowa was facing a #1 and anything other than Bauman's A+ game showed up? Yesterday showed what the top seeds do to teams' No. 2 or lower pitchers.
While I certainly was hoping upon hope that Iowa qualified for a Regional selection, I don't think that it would have been particularly pretty in any game started by someone other than Wallace. Hell . . . it would have been awfully tempting to give Bauman the ball on Friday with the hope that Iowa beat the #2 seed (assuming that it received a #3 seed) so that Wallace could take the mound on Saturday.
I cannot even begin to imagine the carnage if Davitt or Irvine were on the mound with the way they were throwing late in the year. Would've likely been a rough go of things. The top teams would have feasted.
Huskers win 5-3.....game 2 Monday
I'll buy that argument
I think NU does throw Povich at some point for a few innings today.Ya know, I want Nebraska to do well because I want the conference to do well. God damn though, some of their fans sure make it hard to do that specifically ones I personally know. With that said, this is where not having midweek games hurts teams from the conference, you get a chance to really get some guys work that normally wouldn’t on a weekend. Nebraska’s options are limited today. I’ve seen they may throw Povich some, but then he’d essentially be out til Sunday if they won?
Arkansas is limited too, they lost one of their weekend starters prior to the conference tournament? I’d be concerned about their offense, they’ve been quiet against Nebraska....too quiet actually which makes you think the big game is coming.
I think NU does throw Povich at some point for a few innings today.
Agree....all the pressure is on the Hogs. They seem to have been leaning on Kopps heavily as of late ..I'd expect to see quite a bit of him tonightso, what are your pregame thoughts?
do the Huskers have enough pitching left for this game?
who is Arkansas starting? does he have any nasty pitches? I am sure the Nebraska video guys were busy last night gathering film on the potential Arkansas pitchers so that hitters can watch film this morning/during the day so that they know what to look for.
IMO, the pressure is all on Arkansas. They lose this game, there will be egg on a lot of faces, including the Selection Committee. There is no way the B1G Champion should have been sent to the Tournament's #1 overall seed.
Michigan lost both and was done and Alabama beat Rider, who was a bid stealer. Still don’t believe either of them should have been in.
UNC finishes the season 28-27, so I’m still skeptical on the whole “they deserved to be in”
But Nebraska and Maryland are both in regional finals. Iowa won went 5-4 vs them.The point that I was trying to make regarding regarding UNC isn't whether they "deserved" to get a bid. I was simply comparing the performance of the last four teams that received at-large bids. UNC beat a ranked UCLA team to open that regional. Thus, at least UNC stepped up to the plate and showed that, at a minimum, it should have been in the discussion and only bolsters the pre-existing view of ACC baseball (i.e. even the .500 teams are competitive among the top 25 teams).
UCSB also stepped up to the plate by taking down a ranked Oklahoma State team - twice.
Your point on Alabama is a fair one. Rider was a "bid stealer." Its RPI was 58 before the tournament (likely artificially enhanced by its tournament win against Fairfield and that the MAAC was "conference only"). Alabama's sole tournament win didn't exactly knock anyone's socks off but . . . it posted a W.
Michigan lost 7-1 and 8-2. They weren't particularly competitive in either game. To your point, if Michigan didn't deserve to get in . . . the B1G is a two-bid league. Michigan's performance doesn't exactly scream to the Committee "hey . . . we need to give these B1G teams a longer look . . ."
Nebraska has played above their seed. Maryland played above their seed. Michigan laid a gigantic turd.
I believe that is exactly the impression that will be left with those left to analyze the tournament results. Maybe "wasn't good" is too strong. More likely . . . "on par with Conference USA and Missouri Valley"I am afraid Michigan losing makes people believe the Big Ten wasn’t good. Which is wrong.
B1G's reputation would have been enhanced if Michigan could have advanced to play ND in the regional final. In that case, at least an argument could be made that B1G teams were a tough "out" versus the better seeds. Nebraska has made that case. Maryland made a decent statement to that effect. Michigan spit the bit.I am afraid Michigan losing makes people believe the Big Ten wasn’t good. Which is wrong.