Which team faces a bigger creampuff Wednesday -- Kentucky or Louisville?
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Louisville and Kentucky fans love to fuss. Somewhere there are Cats and Cards fans arguing today about which program is more responsible for Jennifer Lawrence winning her Oscar Sunday night.
Arenas, announcers, pre-game intros, dance teams. The debate always percolates.
Here is today's U of L vs. UK topic – and it's a lively one:
Which team plays a bigger slice of cheesecake Wednesday night?
Louisville, which visits DePaul (11-16), or Kentucky, which plays host to Mississippi State (7-19)?
Understand that we are talking about two of the most hopeless teams affiliated with BCS conferences this season.
Mississippi State has lost 12 straight. Twice, the Bulldogs have been beaten by 40 or more points. They've been beaten in their home gym by at least 30 four times. Their average margin of defeat in Southeastern Conference play is nearly 22 points.
State could play dodge ball for months and still not beat anybody.
The Bulldogs have a rating of 272 in Ken Pomeroy's computer power formula. That's easily the worst rating for any SEC basketball team over the 11 seasons of data.
So it certainly appears that Mississippi State (2-12 in the SEC) has the edge on DePaul, which has merely lost 11 of its last 12 Big East games by an average 13.4. The Blue Demons have yet to be beaten by 40, although they have certainly worked at it, losing to Pittsburgh by 38.
But when it comes to losing tradition, DePaul has no reason to concede to anybody. The Blue Demons are positioned to finish their fifth consecutive season without winning four Big East games. Since 2009, DePaul's record in Big East games is 7-79 (.081 winning percentage).
Now I think you understand why nearly 10,000 seats have been empty for most of DePaul's home games at the Allstate Arena this season. The Blue Demons are averaging 7,564, about 43 percent of capacity. Usually, DePaul prefers to play Louisville on the weekend because the Cards send at least 40 buses packed with fans to Chicago.
So DePaul gets the lifetime achievement award for worst team from a BCS conference, but Mississippi State deserves the Oscar for the worst BCS team in 2013.
The 31 points the Bulldogs scored Saturday in a 72-31 loss to Vanderbilt were the fewest points they have scored since the shot clock was introduced in college basketball during the 1985-86 season. State made seven field goals in 40 minutes (7 for 40).
Believe it or not, it wasn't Mississippi State's most embarrassing loss this season.
The Bulldogs also failed to defeat Alabama A&M, which is ranked 338th among 347 teams in Pomeroy's computer power rankings.
It was only last season when Mississippi State battled Kentucky fiercely for 35 minutes before the Wildcats delivered a 73-64 victory.
Then athletic director Scott Stricklin fired coach Rick Stansbury. Rodney Hood transferred to Duke. Arnett Moultrie and Renardo Sidney left for the pros. Dee Bost completed his eligibility.
Stricklin's house cleaning was overdue, but State has nothing.
New coach Rick Ray is facing a situation similar to the one that Tom Crean faced when he arrived at Indiana five years ago – without the fan support. State had an 'announced' crowd of 4,087 for the Vanderbilt game – and then the Bulldogs delivered their especially awful performance, the one that had everybody checking the history books.
"They (prior State teams) also didn't have six scholarship players and two walk-ons so all these stats about the difference in how bad we're getting blown out, I'd like for somebody to go back and look at the stats and see how many scholarship players they had," Ray told reporters Saturday.
But that is not today's debate. The topic is:
Who faces the biggest creampuff Wednesday: Louisville or Kentucky?