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March 1st Jump Off

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Slow news day so lets hit the basics.

One and In:

"When you look at teams that are truly on the bubble, they’re in significantly better shape than those teams in terms of what the (selection) committee looks at," Lunardi said.

Pump the brakes people, it isn't panic time at the moment.

UC women get a top 25 win:

The win marked the first over a ranked opponent for second-year head coach Jamelle Elliott. The Bearcats had been 0-13 against ranked foes entering the game.

Coach Elliot is going a good job getting the UC women up to snuff for play in the Big East conference. They haven't had the best of seasons, just 9-19 on the year, but this win against a ranked foe is a big deal for the women.

Defense showing signs of improvement: Cracked Sidewalks

As a result, MU's defensive profile has leaped from the mid-80's ranking to #57. As Tim noted, we wonder if part of this improvement is due to the increased on-court performance of Chris Otule. We'll continue to watch. Regardless, if the defense continues to improve, Marquette may finally have a defense just good enough to have the on-court performance catch up to the math.

Marquette is not a good defensive team, but their performance against UConn was the best I have seen them play on that end of the floor.

I Can't Think: Newsweek

If we manage to make a decision despite info-deluge, it often comes back to haunt us. The more information we try to assimilate, the more we tend to regret the many forgone options. In a 2006 study, Iyengar and colleagues analyzed job searches by college students. The more sources and kinds of information (about a company, an industry, a city, pay, benefits, corporate culture) they collected, the less satisfied they were with their decision. They knew so much, consciously or unconsciously, they could easily imagine why a job not taken would have been better. In a world of limitless information, regret over the decisions we make becomes more common. We chafe at the fact that identifying the best feels impossible. "Even if you made an objectively better choice, you tend to be less satisfied with it," says Iyengar.

In this era of constant and consistent media over lead it looks like the premise of Blink! is stronger than ever. It turns out that Malcolm Gladwell is is kind of a smart dude.