The Syracuse basketball fan’s rooting guide for Saturday’s bubble games

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 11, 2017 at 10:34 am Contact Matt: | @matt_schneidman Friday’s bubble games went far better than Thursday’s for Syracuse, with California, Kansas State, Houston, Indiana and TCU all losing. The only slight damage done to SU’s bubble hopes was Rhode Island cruising past St. Bonaventure, but some bracketologists still say the Rams need another win or two to earn a place in the field of 68.Here are Saturday’s games Syracuse fans should keep an eye on, with which team to root for in each.Alabama vs. No. 8 Kentucky, 1 p.m., ESPNKentucky won the first matchup between these two teams by nine and SU hopes the Wildcats cruise to the SEC finals again. Alabama is well outside the NCAA Tournament field right now and a Crimson Tide loss would quell any scare of stealing a bid to the Big Dance tomorrow afternoon.Whom SU fans should root for: KentuckyAdvertisementThis is placeholder textDavidson vs. Rhode Island, 1 p.m., CBS Sports NetworkThis is one of the most important games of the day for SU rooting interests, since the Rams’ win over St. Bonaventure yesterday still may not be enough to push them past the Orange, according to some experts. A win over surprise semifinalist Davidson may do just that, and an A-10 title officially would. Syracuse hopes URI doesn’t even get to Sunday.Whom SU fans should root for: DavidsonCentral Florida vs. No. 12 Southern Methodist, 3 p.m., ESPN2The Mustangs are already a lock for the field of 68 and the Knights are an afterthought. Here’s another game that Syracuse hopes goes according to plan so a bid-stealer doesn’t emerge on the final day of conference tournaments.Whom SU fans should root for: SMUVanderbilt vs. Arkansas, 3 p.m., ESPNThe Commodores might’ve put themselves firmly in the field after beating ranked Florida in the SEC quarterfinals, but Vandy still has 14 losses and a loss to the Razorbacks would give it more than Syracuse in a far inferior conference.Whom SU fans should root for: ArkansasRichmond vs. VCU, 3:30 p.m., CBS Sports NetworkThis is probably the most important game of the day in terms of Syracuse rooting interests. VCU is the only team left in the A-10 tournament that is a lock for the NCAA Tournament, so the Orange hopes the Rams win the conference title. That starts with a win over Richmond, a team with conference player of the year T.J. Cline.Whom SU fans should root for: VCUConnecticut vs. No. 15 Cincinnati, 5 p.m., ESPN2Here’s another game where SU should root against a bid-stealer. It may have felt unnatural pulling for the Huskies against Houston on Friday, but Orange fans should hope UConn doesn’t advance to the American Athletic Conference title game with a chance to swipe a bid.Whom SU fans should root for: CincinnatiColorado State vs. Nevada, 6 p.m.The Wolfpack is 27-6 on the season with a 14-4 record in the Mountain West. has Nevada as a No. 12 seed and winning its conference title, but it may get interesting if Colorado State steals a bid and Nevada still gets an at-large spot. This could be a two-bid league, but Syracuse should want a Wolfpack win to ensure it’s a one-bid conference.Whom SU fans should root for: NevadaMarshall vs. Middle Tennessee, 8:30 p.m., CBS Sports NetworkThe Blue Raiders are still the mid major with the best chance at scooping an at-large bid even if they don’t win the Conference USA title game. Syracuse hopes its Round of 32 foe from the 2016 NCAA Tournament makes things simple and takes care of the Thundering Herd.Whom SU fans should root for: Middle Tennessee Commentslast_img read more

How will MLB Draft picks work in 2020? Explaining the format changes for shortened baseball draft

first_imgSlot values for the draft are still in place from 2019, with the 3.5 percent increase tabled between MLB and the MLBPA, reflecting on the increase in MLB revenue. Now, with just five rounds, players originally slotted for six figures getting a potential $20,000 payday instead.Here’s what you need to know about this year’s draft:MORE: What to know about the 2020 MLB DraftHow will the MLB Draft work in 2020?The coronavirus has drastically altered the way the 2020 MLB Draft will work. While the format remains largely unchanged, the amount of rounds has been cut from 40 to just five.Because there are just five rounds to this year’s draft, teams will be able to sign an unlimited amount of free agents at a maximum of $20,000 per player. Players who were originally slated to make six figures between rounds six through 10 will be getting significantly less up front, with other potential draft picks slipping through the cracks.Dates: Wednesday, June 10 (Round 1, Competitive Balance Round A) and Thursday, June 11 (remainder of draft)Start times: 7 p.m. ET (Wednesday), 5 p.m. ET (Thursday)TV channels: ESPN, MLB Network (Round 1) | ESPN2, MLB Network (Remainder of draft)The first round of the draft features just 29 picks, with the Astros penalized a pick as punishment for their 2017 sign-stealing scandal. The second round features 23 picks, with the Red Sox and Astros forfeiting picks as part of sign-stealing punishments and the Yankees, Braves, Diamondbacks, Phillies and Angels docked picks for signing qualified free agents.There are still assigned slot values through the five-round draft, with a team able to sign an unlimited amount of undrafted free agents to a maximum of $20,000 per player. For full slot values for all five rounds’ worth of picks, click here.Per usual, the draft order is determined by reverse regular-season standings from the previous year. The Tigers have the No. 1 overall pick, the second time in three years they have that selection.Where will the 2020 MLB Draft be held?As part of the draft’s big changes in 2020, the draft was originally moved from MLB Network studios in Secaucus, N.J. to Omaha, Neb., the site of the College World Series. Participating CWS were invited to the Holland Performing Arts Center in Omaha.Unfortunately, amidst the coronavirus pandemic, the plans have changed, with MLB holding a virtual draft similar to what the NFL did with the 2020 NFL Draft. Akin to the NFL Draft, all MLB GMs and club officials will be shown from wherever they’re working with live camera cut-ins. Select players will also be attending virtually for the draft, most of which are expected to go in the first round.If the NFL draft was any indication, should things go as expected, there will be minimal glitches with the procedures. Typically, the picks during the MLB Draft were made during a conference call including executives from all 30 teams, so teams should be able to adapt easily. From Omaha to living rooms, the MLB Draft is going on as planned.There are many changes coming to the 2020 MLB Draft, most of those changes due to the coronavirus pandemic that has stopped the sport globally. The most forward-facing change to the draft is the amount of rounds dwindled from 40 to five. What are Competitive Balance Picks?At the end of the first round and the second round, teams who are either a recipient of revenue sharing or one of the 10 smallest revenue pools receive an extra pick. Certain formulas that include winning percentage and revenue determine who receives a Competitive Balance Round A pick while the remainder receive picks between the second and third rounds.How will players attend the 2020 MLB Draft?In years past, minimal players have typically attended the MLB Draft, but that was expected to change with the scenery shift to Nebraska, a more centralized location, the week before the College World Series was originally supposed to be scheduled.As of now, there are 23 announced potential first-round picks virtually attending the draft, with 26 confirmed attendees in total.PlayerPositionSchoolMick AbelRHPJesuit High School (Oregon)Patrick BaileyCNC StateTanner BurnsRHPAuburnCade CavalliRHPOklahomaSlade CecconiRHPUniversity of MiamiPete Crow-ArmstrongOFHarvard-Westlake High School (California)Reid DetmersLHPLouisvilleNick GonzalesSS/2BNew Mexico StateRobert HassellOFIndependence High School (Tennessee)Austin HendrickOFWest Allegheny High School (Pennsylvania)Ed HowardSSMount Carmel High School (Illinois)Jared KelleyRHPRefugio High School (Texas)Heston KjerstadOFArkansasAsa LacyLHPTexas A&MNick LoftinSSBaylorAustin MartinOF/3BVanderbiltMax MeyerRHPMinnesotaGarrett MitchellOFUCLACarmen MlodzinskiRHPSouth CarolinaTyler SoderstromCTurlock High School (California)Spencer Torkelson1BArizona StateZac VeenOFSpruce Creek High School (Florida)Austin WellsCArizonalast_img read more