Inside Lacrosse's Matt Kinnear put together a nice piece on the biggest upsets of the first half of the season. It's worth the read, if only because it takes an approach that addresses one of the biggest talking points that writer-types have been harping on throughout 2013: What wins are actually upsets and if chaos is the new "normal," how can we possibly feel comfortable about upset determinations?
I'm not a huge fan of this debate, partly because it's not a big deal to me and partly because the underlying analyses aren't encoded in my DNA. (Plus, LaxPower does a decent of job of looking through all the subjectivity anyway in determining which outcomes are the biggest upsets.) Look: I am well aware that I ride shotgun with hyperbole. Part of the fun of writing a site dedicated to Division I lacrosse on the SB Nation network is that I can do so while putting on a skimmer hat and basically acting like a carnival barker. It's a metric ton of fun and, more importantly, it adds color to a season that grinds -- sometimes monotonously -- from mid-February until the end of May. I embrace the chaos -- oftentimes hyping it beyond reality -- and at the end of the day the games and outcomes are intented to be a blast. Does that result in me skewing the context of a particular outcome? Probably, but life is more fun when the small stuff is exponentially magnified.
It's an interesting debate, it's just not one that I'm particularly good at because I'm having too much fun watching all the chaos and creating silly narratives around it. Anyway, there are two games today. Here is your highlight for the day:
- Marquette at Georgetown: This may sound nuts, but I'm going to write it anyway: The Golden Eagles can win this game. While the losses to St. Joseph's and Jacksonville are signposts that Marquette isn't quite ready to grab victories even when the circumstances are conducive to doing so, the Golden Eagles are -- at least from a performance standpoint this season -- on-par with what the Hoyas have put together this year. (Georgetown ranks 53rd in adjusted efficiency margin; Marquette ranks 55th). The Hoyas are the more talented team, but as the Eagles proved in their victory over Air Force earlier in the season (and as college lacrosse -- in totem -- has shown all year), it only takes a strong isolated effort to knock off an opponent. With a weird start time to this thing -- who schedules a lacrosse game for noon on Good Friday? -- this game has the possibility of going bonkers in a hurry. I think the Hoyas win, but this is a solid spot for Marquette to grab their third victory of the season.
Here's today's full schedule with links to things so that you can monitor the carnage (Wagner, unfortunately, is not in action because 25-cent wings at the local bar and grille aren't going to eat themselves):
Leave your notes about the games or anything else (QUERY: If two basketball schools meet in lacrosse, will Jim Burr show up to ruin the officiating?) in the comments below.