SMU And Louisville Are Two Of The Best Teams Ever Banned From

2016Louisville238+19.65 YEARTEAMWINSLOSSESRATING 2003Georgia198+18.94 2016SMU255+19.65 SMU and Louisville are among the best teams to be banned 1992UNLV262+20.74 Any shining moments for Louisville and Southern Methodist will come and go before the NCAA Tournament begins. Although the Cardinals and Mustangs each rank among the nation’s top 20 teams according to Ken Pomeroy and others, both were barred from the 2016 postseason amid scandal.(SMU’s ban, for academic fraud, came from the NCAA; Louisville banned itself in an attempt to avoid harsher sentencing when the NCAA finishes investigating allegations that the team used strippers and prostitutes in its recruiting efforts.)By the numbers, these are two of the best teams ever to be banished from postseason play. Since the NCAA tourney expanded its field to 64 teams in 1984-85, only one banned team has had a better statistical profile, the 1991-92 Runnin’ Rebels from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. (We used adjusted differential between offensive and defensive Pomeroy ratings for seasons since 2001 and estimated the differential for earlier teams using Daniel Myers’s research on schedule-adjusted historical team ratings.) 1991Kentucky226+18.87 Sources: Kenpom.com, Daniel Myers, Sports Reference That UNLV squad wasn’t at quite the same level as the version that went 69-6 over the previous two years under the leadership of future NBA talent such as Larry Johnson, Stacey Augmon and Greg Anthony. But its best player was J.R. Rider, a future NBA 20 PPG scorer,1Granted, also a chucker and anti-glue guy. and a few of his teammates had brief stints in the pros. Louisville and SMU, by contrast, each carry only one top-100 NBA prospect apiece — Chinanu Onuaku (No. 56) and Shake Milton (No. 87), respectively — and even those guys are at the fringes of the mock draft universe. (The Cardinals’ fifth-year senior transfers Damion Lee and Trey Lewis may eventually get a shot at the NBA but are by no means locks.) Rick Pitino and Larry Brown can punch weight with the towel-chomping Jerry Tarkanian, but in terms of record, efficiency and roster, the ’92 Rebels were probably the best of the three.Still, it’s a relatively close contest. And let’s emphasize again that two of the top three banned squads in recent memory both hail from the 2015-16 season. In what seems destined to be a wide-open NCAA field this year, the Mustangs and Cardinals could have seized upon that opportunity and produced deep tournament runs. But by running afoul of the NCAA, they’re here instead, hypothetically runnin’ with the ’92 Rebels rather than taking the court against present-day teams in the real-life tourney. read more

Dept to include fire safety norms in school syllabus

first_imgKolkata: The state Fire and Emergency Services department is planning to include fire safety and security measures in the school curriculum. “It is important for everyone to have knowledge about safety and security from the fire. So we are working on introducing it in the school syllabus,” state Fire and Emergency Services minister Sovan Chatterjee said at a programme on Fire Services Week at Academy of Fine Arts on Saturday. According to Chatterjee, the state government has given a major boost in developing the infrastructure of the Fire department and has set up as many as 70 fire stations across the state since 2011 after the Trinamool Congress came to power. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights”We have identified some fire-prone areas and some regions where the fire tenders face difficulty to enter because of narrow lanes and bylanes. We have procured modern equipment and are still continuing to do so to fight the fire at places where it is difficult to reach,” Chatterjee said.He added that under the instructions of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the department is procuring ladders for better fire-fighting in the high-rises. “We have already floated the tender for procuring ladders,” he said.Officials from the fire department demonstrated how preliminary fire-fighting measures may be implemented to prevent it from spreading. A number of school students and commoners were present during the demonstration. Director General of Fire Services department Jagmohan also attend the event along with other senior officials of the department.last_img read more

2000yearold Ashoka Stupa restored in remote China

first_imgA symbol of the advent of Buddhism from India to China, the renovated Stupa and Ashoka pillar along with a huge golden statue of Buddha was consecrated by Gyalwang Drukpa, the spiritual head of Drukpa lineage of Buddhism based in Ladakh, on Tuesday in China’s Qinghai province, located adjacent to Tibet Autonomous Region.Legend has it that over 2,500 years ago, Buddha’s disciples retrieved one skull bone, two scapulas, four teeth and 84,000 pearl-like sariras (relics) after Lord Buddha’s body was cremated. Also Read – Nine hurt in accident at fireworks show in French resortAccording to Buddhist records, Ashoka collected all of Sakyamuni’s (Buddha) sarira, stored them in pagoda-shaped shrines before sending them to different parts of the world.China is believed to have received 19 of them, including the one in Nangchen, but most of them have collapsed due to natural wear and tear as well as negligence. Three more such Stupas were discovered in Chinese cities of Xian, Nanjing and near Ayuwang in Zhejiang Province. Also Read – Pakistan Army ‘fully prepared’ to face any challenge: Army spokesmanThe Nangchen Stupa is the first to be discovered in the Tibetan region. The fate of the other 15 sent by Ashoka to China is unknown so far.While the advent of Buddhism to China were well chronicled since 68 AD when first Buddhist temple White Horse was built in Luoyang by Chinese monk Xuanzan after a 17-year- long voyage to India, the Stupa signifies efforts by Ashoka to spread the religion around the world.In the new temple here, the pillar with a stone containing an original inscription was prominently placed between a renovated structure and the Stupa, remnants of which according to monks were preserved by the locals from the ravages of invasions of Mongols and the decade-long Cultural Revolution of Mao Zedong during which historical relics, artifacts and cultural and religious sites were destroyed.last_img read more