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Facts and Figures Friday - May 29, 2015

May 29, 2015 -- 9:47am

The Royals… Then and Now

 

The Royals head into tonight’s game with the Cubs holding down first place in the AL Central.  OK… tied for first place in the Central with the Twins.  But because they have lost four in a row and many in town are wondering what’s wrong with the Royals?  The answer… Nothing.

 

True the starting pitching is going to need to be better than it has been, but take a look at where the Royals were this time last season.

 

            2015                                                  2014

W’s      L’s       RS       RA                   W’s      L’s       RS       RA

28        18        215     169                 23        23        181     178

 

The Royals .500 record at this time in 2014 was good for third place in the Central.  They were 5.5 games behind the Tigers and a game behind the Twins (I’m pretty sure the Twins aren’t this good this year either).  It would get worse before it would get better.  The Royals would win their next game and then lose four in a row to fall to a season worst .464 Win-Percentage.

 

The runs scored and allowed numbers make the Royals look much better than just 5 wins.  KC has scored 34 more runs and allowed nine less…  that’s 43 runs better in run differential.

 

If last year’s team was able to make it all the way to the World Series, Royals fans should still be bullish on this team… even with four straight losses.  The 2014 Royals had a five game losing streak.

 

Let’s take a look at where last year’s playoff teams stood 46 games into the 2014 season…

 

Team              W’s      L’s       Place

Tigers             28        18        1st

Orioles            24        22        2nd

Angels             26        20        2nd

Athletics         30        16        1st

 

So the Tigers position looks pretty familiar.  Bottom line… there is no reason to panic.  The Royals are in good shape, as hard as that might be for Royals fans to believe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Petro's AP College Basketball Ballot, March 16

Mar 15, 2015 -- 10:32pm

PETRO’S AP BALLOT

    1. Kentucky
    2. Arizona
    3. Wisconsin
    4. Duke
    5. Virginia
    6. Villanova
    7. Gonzaga
    8. Notre Dame
    9. Kansas
    10. Iowa St.
    11. Oklahoma
    12. Maryland
    13. Utah
    14. North Carolina
    15. Northern Iowa
    16. Baylor
    17. Louisville
    18. West Virginia
    19. Wichita St.
    20. SMU
    21. Michigan St.
    22. Ohio St.
    23. Georgetown
    24. Arkansas
    25. Butler


PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin

COACH OF THE YEAR
John Calipari, Kentucky

FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICANS
C – Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin
C – Jahlil Okafor, Duke
G – Delon Wright, Utah
G – Jerian Grant, Notre Dame
G – D’Angelo Russell, Ohio St.

SECOND TEAM All-AMERICANS
C – Willy Cauley-Stein, Kentucky
C – Karl Anthony Towns, Kentucky
F – Seth Tuttle, Northern Iowa
G – Ron Baker, Wichita St.
G – Kevin Pangos, Gonzaga

THIRD TEAM ALL-AMERICANS
C – Rakeem Christmas, Syracuse
F – Bobby Portis, Arkansas
F – Kyle Wiltjer, Gonzaga
G – Malcolm Brogden, Virginia
G – Melo Trimble, Maryland

Petro's Big 12, AP Ballot, March 8

Mar 08, 2015 -- 11:45pm

Soren Petro’s All Big XII Ballot and Top 25 Ballot

 

   FIRST TEAM (Must include a point guard and post.)

    1)_  Juwan Staten – West Virginia

    2)_  Buddy Heild - Oklahoma

    3)_  Georges Niang – Iowa St.

    4)_  Perry Ellis - Kansas

    5)_  Rico Gathers - Baylor

  

   SECOND TEAM

    1)_  Taurean Prince - Baylor

    2)_  Monte Morris – Iowa St.

    3)_  Frank Mason – Kansas

    4)_  Le’Bryan Nash – Oklahoma St.

    5)_  Ryan Spangler – Oklahoma

 

 

COACH OF THE YEAR:  Bill Self - Kansas

PLAYER OF THE YEAR:  Georges Niang – Iowa St.

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR:   Jameel McKay – Iowa St.

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR:  Kelly Oubre – Kansas

 

 

 

 

Soren Petro’s AP Top 25 Ballot

1. Kentucky

2. Duke

3. Virginia

4. Arizona

5. Wisconsin

6. Villanova

7. Gonzaga

8. Kansas

9. Oklahoma

10. Louisville

11. Maryland

12. Notre Dame

13. Iowa St.

14. Utah

15. Northern Iowa

16. West Virginia

17. North Carolina

18. Wichita St.

19. Baylor

20. Ohio St.

21. SMU

22. Georgetown

23. Butler

24. Arkansas

25. Michigan St.

 

26. Texas

27. BYU

28. Oregon

29. Iowa

30. San Diego St.

31. Davidson

32. UCLA

33. Oklahoma St.

34. St. John’s

35. Boise St.

36. Xavier

37. Purdue

38. NC State

39. LSU

40. Providence

Petro's AP College Basketball Ballot, March 2

Mar 02, 2015 -- 9:36am

Below is Soren Petro's ballot for the Associated Press College Basketball Poll, for March 2:

1. Kentucky
2. Virginia
3. Duke
4. Arizona
5. Wisconsin
6. Villanova
7. Gonzaga
8. Kansas
9. Utah
10. Oklahoma
11. Louisville
12. Wichita St.
13. Maryland
14. Baylor
15. Notre Dame
16. Ohio St.
17. Iowa St.
18. Northern Iowa
19. North Carolina
20. West Virginia
21. Arkansas
22. Butler
23. SMU
24. Georgetown
25. LSU
 
26. Texas
27. BYU
28. Michigan St.
29. Iowa
30. San Diego St.
31. Oklahoma St.
32. Oregon
33. St. John’s
34. UCLA
35. Dayton
36. Davidson
37. Texas A&M
38. Georgia
39. Stanford
40. Xavier

Petro's AP College Basketball Ballot, Feb. 23

Feb 23, 2015 -- 10:40am

PETRO’S AP BALLOT

1. Kentucky
2. Virginia
3. Wisconsin
4. Gonzaga
5. Duke
6. Arizona
7. Villanova
8. Kansas
9. Utah
10. Notre Dame
11. Iowa St.
12. Oklahoma
13. Louisville
14. Northern Iowa
15. Wichita St.
16. North Carolina
17. Maryland
18. Baylor
19. Arkansas
20. Ohio St.
21. West Virginia
22. SMU
23. Georgetown
24. San Diego St.
25. Butler

26. Michigan St.
27. Oklahoma St.
28. Texas
29. Xavier
30. VCU
31. Mississippi
32. Texas A&M
33. Purdue
34. BYU
35. Providence
36. LSU
37. NC State
38. Iowa
39. Stanford
40. Indiana


THIS WEEK’S MOST IMPORTANT GAMES

MONDAY
Kansas @ Kansas St.
Xavier @ St. John’s

TUESDAY
Texas @ West Virginia
Texas A&M @ Arkansas
Providence @ Villanova
Wisconsin @ Maryland
NC State @ North Carolina

WEDNESDAY
Baylor @ Iowa St.
Wichita St. @ Indiana St.
Illinois @ Iowa
Georgia @ Ole Miss
Davidson @ Rhode Island

THURSDAY
UTEP @ Louisiana Tech
SMU @ Memphis
Oregon St. @ Stanford

SATURDAY
Northern Iowa @ Wichita St.
Texas @ Kansas
West Virginia @ Baylor
Iowa St. @ Kansas St.
Arkansas @ Kentucky
Ole Miss @ LSU
Arizona @ Utah
BYU @ Gonzaga
Villanova @ Xavier
Georgetown @ St. John’s
Dayton @ VCU
Boise St. @ San Diego St.
Tulsa @ Memphis

SUNDAY
Michigan St. @ Wisconsin
Oregon @ Stanford
Purdue @ Ohio St.
SMU @ Connecticut

Petro's AP College Basketball Ballot, Feb. 16

Feb 16, 2015 -- 8:44am

By Soren Petro


Not much changing at the top of the Top 25.  Kansas is up to #8 after Louisville’s loss to NC State.


PETRO’S AP BALLOT
1. Kentucky
2. Virginia
3. Wisconsin
4. Gonzaga
5. Duke
6. Arizona
7. Villanova
8. Kansas
9. Utah
10. Louisville
11. Notre Dame
12. North Carolina
13. Oklahoma
14. Iowa St.
15. Norther Iowa
16. Wichita St.
17. Ohio St.
18. Maryland
19. Butler
20. Baylor
21. Arkansas
22. Oklahoma St.
23. Texas
24. SMU
25. Georgetown

26. West Virginia
27. San Diego St.
28. Dayton
29. Michigan St.
30. VCU
31. Xavier
32. Mississippi
33. Indiana
34. Texas A&M
35. Georgia
36. LSU
37. Purdue
38. BYU
39. Providence
40. NC State

OTHERS
Iowa
Stanford
Stephen F. Austin
Cincinnati
Florida
St. John’s
Davidson
Temple
Minnesota


THIS WEEK’S GAMES OF NOTE

MONDAY

Kansas @ West Virginia
Pittsburgh @ Virginia

TUESDAY
Texas @ Oklahoma
LSU @ Texas A&M
St. John’s @ Georgetown
Kentucky @ Tennessee
Michigan St. @ Michigan
San Diego St. @ New Mexico

WEDNESDAY
Iowa St. @ Oklahoma St.
North Carolina @ Duke
Louisville @ Syracuse
Xavier @Cincinnati
Boise St. @ UNLV

THURSDAY
Temple @ SMU
Purdue @ Indiana
Connecticut @ Memphis
Utah @ Oregon St.

FRIDAY
Iowa St. @ Texas
West Virginia @ Oklahoma St.
Florida @ LSU
Miami @ Louisville
Butler @ Xavier
Gonzaga @ St. Mary’s

SUNDAY
Ohio St. @ Michigan
Utah @ Oregon
Temple @ Tulsa
Michigan St. @ Illinois

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