Forward is the only direction ice maestro Du knows

first_imgWith his hockey skates strapped on and big pads in place, Kevin Du ’07 looks like any speedy Crimson player, flashing a stick and making the puck dance.But the anonymity of the uniform hides a story of family travail and triumph that few Harvard students can claim.Du’s father, Luong, an ethnic Chinese who grew up in Vietnam, escaped from his home in Saigon at age 17. After a stop in a Malaysian refugee camp, in 1979 he ended up — of all places — in windswept and remote Tomahawk, Alberta, Canada.He worked on an Edmond-area dairy farm, in a movie theater, and as a laborer for a utility company. For most of the time, Luong had all three jobs at once — since the teenager had to earn enough to bring eight family members: his mother, two brothers, and five sisters — to a place of freedom and peace.But rural Alberta in those days was also a place of periodic racism; there were few other Chinese. Luong had to take his share of taunts.When Kevin was born, his father decided that the best way to acclimate his son to Canadian culture was to get the boy into skates and onto a hockey rink. (Kevin’s younger brother, Jonathan, also started playing at a young age.) By 1984, Luong and his wife Phuong — and the rest of Canada — were in the middle of a hockey decade dominated by the Edmonton Oilers, who won five Stanley Cups in seven years.The saying is that a boy on ice is never in hot water. And hockey helped Kevin Du stay on a straight path to discipline, good grades, and — increasingly — triumph on the rink. He strapped on his first skates at 4, and started organized play at 6 in his hometown of Spruce Grove, Alberta, a community of 19,000 that’s a 10-minute drive side to side.“Really early, hockey was part of my identity,” he said. “Everybody knew me as the Chinese hockey player.”The young forward decided early on a path to the pros. His plan was to get there by good play, by good grades — and by getting through college first. Unlike in the past, said the Dunster House senior, “college is the more direct route” to the pros.When Du arrived for his freshman year, thousands of miles from home, he admits being so homesick that he was ready to call the family for a plane ticket back. “Then I got on the ice,” he said, “and I felt like I was home.”For the Crimson, Du got varsity ice time right away. He scored 10 points as a freshman, 20 as a sophomore, and a team-high 33 points as a junior — including a rare hat trick that year in an overtime win against Princeton.Junior year was the high point of his college hockey career, said Du. The season won him a place on the All Ivy League and All New England teams.In 2006-07, he was still the team’s high-scoring player, though with only 25 points in a disappointing season (14-17-2). But by the last game Du had made a little Harvard ice hockey history, tying for third all-time in number of games played (135).His style of play is gritty, aggressive, and fast — good qualities for an ice artist who is not the biggest guy out there (5 feet 9 inches, 175 pounds)After graduation, Du will use the same pluck his father showed in Tomahawk, Alberta, decades ago — and train over the summer to get ready for a professional hockey tryout with the ECHL (formerly the East Coast Hockey League). It’s a binational farm team system a notch below the American Hockey League, with team names like the Idaho Steelheads and the Dayton Bombers.From there? “All players growing up want to be in the NHL as soon as they step on the ice,” said Du.While trying out for the pros, the economics concentrator (and ECAC Hockey League All-Academic Scholar) will use his free time to get ready for the Graduate Management Admission Test and the Law School Admission Test. Said Du, “There’s a lot of downtime in professional play.”last_img read more

One Dead, Four Hurt in London Crane Collapse

first_imgAll contents © copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. The scene in Bow where a 20-metre crane collapsed on to a property leaving people trapped inside, in east London, Wednesday July 8, 2020. The London Fire Brigade says a 20-meter crane has collapsed onto a block of apartments under development and two houses in east London. The brigade’s Assistant Commissioner Graham Ellis says urban search and rescue crews are undertaking “a complex rescue operation” and using specialized equipment to search the properties on Wednesday. (Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP) The scene in Bow where a 20-metre crane collapsed on to a property leaving people trapped inside, in east London, Wednesday July 8, 2020. The London Fire Brigade says a 20-meter crane has collapsed onto a block of apartments under development and two houses in east London. The brigade’s Assistant Commissioner Graham Ellis says urban search and rescue crews are undertaking “a complex rescue operation” and using specialized equipment to search the properties on Wednesday. (Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP) 65-foot crane down on block of apartments “Sadly, despite the efforts of emergency services, a fifth person has been found and died at the scene,” the London Ambulance Service said. Four people were treated, including two people taken to the hospital with head injuries. Crews and a team of specialist paramedics who work in hazardous environments were at the scene in the Bow neighborhood. “This is a multi-agency response and is likely to be a protracted incident,” Ellis said. London Fire Brigade Assistant Commissioner Graham Ellis said search-and-rescue crews were using specialized equipment to search the properties as part of “a complex rescue operation” on Wednesday afternoon. The scene in Bow where a 20-metre crane collapsed on to a property leaving people trapped inside, in east London, Wednesday July 8, 2020. The London Fire Brigade says a 20-meter crane has collapsed onto a block of apartments under development and two houses in east London. The brigade’s Assistant Commissioner Graham Ellis says urban search and rescue crews are undertaking “a complex rescue operation” and using specialized equipment to search the properties on Wednesday. (Victoria Jones/PA via AP) LONDON (AP) – A 20-meter (65-foot) crane collapsed onto a block of apartments under development and two houses in east London, killing one person and injuring four others, authorities said Wednesday. Emergency personnel at the scene in Bow where a 20-metre crane collapsed on to a property leaving people trapped inside, in east London, Wednesday July 8, 2020. The London Fire Brigade says a 20-meter crane has collapsed onto a block of apartments under development and two houses in east London. The brigade’s Assistant Commissioner Graham Ellis says urban search and rescue crews are undertaking “a complex rescue operation” and using specialized equipment to search the properties on Wednesday. (Victoria Jones/PA via AP)last_img read more

Court removes Ninth Circuit Judge Turner from the bench

first_img Court removes Ninth Circuit Judge Turner from the bench The Supreme Court has removed from the bench a Ninth Circuit judge for campaign financing violations, representing his mother in a legal matter after joining the bench, and for intruding in the personal life of a clerk.The majority of justices in the case declined to address a claim by the judge that Canon 7C(1), which prohibits direct solicitation of campaign contributions by judicial candidates, is unconstitutional. The majority said it was unnecessary in resolving the case. But in a separate concurring opinion, Chief Justice Charles Canady said the court should have taken up the claim and that under recent federal court decisions, the prohibition is unconstitutional.The court’s November 18 opinion removed Judge N. James Turner, who was elected in 2008. The Judicial Qualifications Commission had filed initial charges in July 2009 and later added more. The JQC hearing panel ultimately found Judge Turner guilty of six charges, plus an additional charge that Turner’s actions “constituted a pattern of misconduct.”The court found Turner guilty of five of the six charges and the pattern of misconduct charge. It declined to address the direct solicitation issue.One charge stemmed from Turner accepting a campaign loan from his mother. The record showed his mother transferred $42,288.79 to the judge one day after the election and the judge transferred $30,000 of that to his campaign to pay outstanding debts. That violated the state law, which sets a $500 limit on campaign contributions.Two charges were connected with Turner representing his mother, who obtained the money she loaned him by refinancing her condominium and subsequently faced foreclosure on that mortgage.In late 2009, Turner filed a notice of appearance that he would be representing his mother and also negotiated with the foreclosing bank on behalf of his mother, always identifying himself as an attorney, not a judge.The court noted Canon 5G prohibits judges from practicing law, although they may “draft or review documents for a member of the judge’s family.” The comment to the rule further provides that, “A judge must not, however, act as an advocate or negotiator for a member of the judge’s family in a legal matter.”Turner contended he misunderstood that canon, but the court rejected that argument.“There is no other reasonable interpretation of the canon than that a judge is flatly prohibited from negotiating and advocating on behalf of a family member in a legal matter,” the court said.The court also agreed with the JQC that Turner had used his position as a judge to intrude into the working and personal life of an employee of the clerk of court, including calling her several times a day, showing up at her desk several times a day, and seeking outings with the woman and her son, who was being treated for cancer.The JQC found the judge’s action’s improper, although “not romantic or sexual but instead stemmed from Judge Turner’s loneliness and need to be needed.”The court found that Turner improperly handled a hearing of a juvenile in front of him for failing to pay court costs. Turner observed the youth was wearing an earring and inquired if it was a diamond. The youth replied that it was a fake and cost $7. Turner then offered to take $10 off of the due court costs if the youth turned over the earring, which he did.The court found that violated Canon 3B(3), which provides that a “judge shall require order and decorum in proceedings before the judge.”The JQC found that Turner did not know the conduct was inappropriate, but the court held it was part of his pattern of continued misconduct in running for and serving on the bench.The court agreed with the JQC that, taken overall, that pattern merited removal from the bench.“Because Judge Turner gained his office partially through illegal means and committed serious violations of the judicial canons upon assuming his role as a judge, we determine that he has engaged in conduct unbecoming a member of Florida’s judiciary and is unfit to perform the duties of his office,” the court said.The opinion noted the court majority declined to address the JQC’s finding that Turner had violated Canon 5, “which proscribes the personal solicitation of campaign funds by judicial candidates.” Turner claimed the provision violated his First Amendment rights.The JQC did not address that issue, saying it was best left to the court. The court majority held, “Because we conclude that Judge Turner‘s misconduct apart from the charges contained in count 5 requires his removal, we too decline to decide the constitutional issue at this juncture.”That majority include Justices Barbara Pariente, Peggy Quincy, Jorge Labarga, and James Perry. Justice Fred Lewis was recused. Justice Ricky Polston joined Chief Justice Canady in his concurring opinion.Canady agreed that Turner should be removed from the bench, but he said the court should have addressed the personal solicitation issue because of its impact on judicial candidates. He also argued the court should have found that canon unconstitutional, citing recent federal court decisions.“To the extent that Canon 7C(1) infringes on speech rights protected by the First Amendment, this court bears responsibility for the ongoing constitutional violation,” Canady wrote. “When presented with a case which properly presents a constitutional challenge to a rule we have adopted, we should not decline to address it but should use the opportunity to ensure that we have exercised our rule-making power in a way that is consistent with constitutional requirements.”He argued the canon must fail because it infringes on the First Amendment and is not narrowly tailored to serve the state’s interest “in preserving the integrity of our judiciary and maintaining the public’s confidence in an impartial judiciary.”“Substantially identical canons have been invalidated by both the [U.S.] Eleventh Circuit, Weaver, 309 F.3d at 1322, and the Sixth Circuit, Carey, 614 F.3d at 205. I find the reasoning of those decisions to be compelling,” Canady said.The 11th Circuit, ruling in a Georgia case, held that “even if there is a risk that judges will be tempted to rule a particular way because of contributions or endorsements, this risk is not significantly reduced by allowing the candidate’s agent to seek these contributions and endorsements on the candidate’s behalf rather than the candidate seeking them himself. Successful candidates will feel beholden to the people who helped them get elected regardless of who did the soliciting of support. [The Canon] thus fails strict scrutiny because it completely chills a candidate’s speech on these topics while hardly advancing the state’s interest in judicial impartiality at all.”The Sixth Circuit ruling, addressing canons in Kentucky, said while a prohibition against face-to-face solicitations “particularly by sitting judges” and solicitations to parties appearing before a judge might be constitutional, the state’s broader prohibitions went too far.“Besides covering in-person solicitations and those directed at individuals with pending cases, the canon prohibits a range of other solicitations, including speeches to large groups and signed mass mailings,” the Sixth Circuit opinion said. “Such indirect methods of solicitation present little or no risk of undue pressure or the appearance of a quid pro quo. No one could reasonably believe that a failure to respond to a signed mass mailing asking for donations would result in unfair treatment in future dealings with the judge. Nor would a speech requesting donations from a large gathering have a ‘coercive effect’ on reasonable attendees.”The court ruled in Inquiry Concerning a Judge, No. 09-01 Re: N. James Turner, case no. SC 90-1182. Court removes Ninth Circuit Judge Turner from the bench December 15, 2011 Regular News Declines to address First Amendment claims related to direct solicitation of judicial campaign contributionslast_img read more

Great Smoky Mountains Association’s aid-to-park funding tops $1.4M in 2015

first_imgLast year’s nearly $1.5 million donation brings GSMA’s total contribution to the national park during its 63-year history to $35,613,023.Thanks to record-breaking revenues in 2015, GSMA plans to provide over $2 million in assistance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2016. The monetary and in-kind aid will run the gamut from saving hemlock trees to restoring a historic grist mill to monitoring park streams for acidification caused by air pollution. In a year that saw visitation to Great Smoky Mountains National Park exceed 10 million for only the fifth time in history, Great Smoky Mountains Association – which generates its support for the Smokies primarily through visitor center sales – was able to contribute just shy of $1.5 million to park programs and services in 2015.“This was a year of leadership changes in the Smokies,” said GSMA Executive Director Laurel Rematore. “Cassius Cash became the 16th superintendent, Clayton Jordan was promoted from to deputy superintendent, and GSMA Executive Director Terry Maddox concluded over 25 years of service with his retirement on Dec. 31.”Following an eight-month-long national search, which attracted more than 40 candidates, Rematore was chosen to take the reigns at Great Smoky Mountains Association, adding yet another layer of change to the Smokies’ leadership landscape. What did not change in 2015, according to Rematore, was GSMA’s commitment to support the Smokies.“We continued our focus on retail sales in the visitors centers, publications and customized product development, membership development, and improved inventory management throughout the year,” she said. “The association had its best year ever for both sales and membership income, and as a result we were able to start rebuilding our reserve funds. These reserves will allow GSMA to meet its future commitments to the park and to maintain our own operations even if our normal income sources falter, such as what occurred during the October 2013 government shutdown.”GSMA’s aid-to-park for 2015 was $1,445,638, capping another strong year of support. The association’s contributions to Great Smoky Mountains National Park fall into three broad categories: cash donations, which are provided for a host of educational, historical, interpretive, and scientific projects; in-kind services, which is primarily labor expense; and publications and digital media, which include development costs and free publications.In-kind services totaled $673,639 and included salaries for staff at eight park visitorcenters and publications development costs, including free publications, such as Smokies Guide newspaper and pre-press costs for sales publications.Special projects funded by GSMA totaled $386,650 and included:$79,088 – Oconaluftee Visitor Center, interest on construction loan$66,478 – Cost-of-living stipends for student interns$49,566 – Cultural Collection Storage/Relocation, storage for the park’s invaluable artifact collection, set to open in early May$44,013 – GSM Institute at Tremont, funding for youth and adult environmental education at Tremont (includes proceeds from Tremont visitor center store)$33,635 – Wildlife Seasonals Support$30,848 – Visitor Center Utilities$17,500 – “Mountains for the Masses,” revision of park’s administrative history, making it current to 2015$15,453 – Sugarlands Visitor Center media upkeep$14,531 – Volunteer Program Parkwide Support$9,328 – SVC Housing$8,500 – Experience Your Smokies, the public program that brings community leaders into the park to learn from rangers and other staff$7,000 – For environmental education interns$5,347 – GSMNP Resource Education Interns, students who present programs to youth and adults$4,878 Resource Education Grant to Establish Student Archeology Field School$4,640 – Cades Cove Wayside Exhibit, roadside exhibits help visitors understand the history of this mountain community$2,941 – GSMNP Purchase Knob Website, for the science and education center$2,500 – ATBI Structured Sampling, the quest continues to identify all plants and animals in the park$2,344 – GSMNP Podcast Upkeep, educational videos on the park$1,500 – Cataloochee Valley Map and Guide, new map and guide interprets history of Cataloochee and recreational opportunities in the area today$1,365 – GSMNP Visitor Center Door Counters, for tracking visitation$1,040 – Resource and Visitor Protection SCA Costs, interns that help rangers$488 – GSMNP Digital Storytelling, for award-winning historic preservation program$147 – GSMNP – Centennial Anniversary Funding for the park’s interpretive operations totaled $218,545 and included special events, festivals, and interpretive demonstrations, including the Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage, Music of the Mountains, Mountain Life Festival, sorghum molasses making, and library supplies and materials. A specific breakdown includes:$48,964 – Backcountry Information staff$41,642 – Library staff$38,486 – Living history demonstrators$29,603 – Misc. and library operations$24,210 – Parks as Classrooms Coordinator$35,639 – Special events and demonstrationslast_img read more

China’s Li touts IoT, sharing economy as growth drivers

first_imgThe Ultimate Checklist on Ways to Prevent IoT D… Donal Power Related Posts How IoT Will Transform Cold Chain Logistics For… Amid concerns about the economic slowdown in China, Premier Li Keqiang said his country is seeking new growth in emerging technology like the Internet of Things (IoT) and self-driving vehicles.As reported by CNBC, Li gave a wide-ranging speech at the recent World Economic Forum (WEF) in Tianjin that emphasized the importance digital technologies will play in China’s future economy.“We are embracing a new round of industrial revolution,” he said at the economic forum, known as the ‘Summer Davos.’ “We need to implement innovation-driven development.”Li identified several industries that the Chinese government felt would get the world’s second-largest economy humming again. Prominent among these industries is the sharing economy, which dominated by such ride-sharing services as America’s Uber and China’s Baidu.“The sharing economy gives everyone a fighting chance to achieve their dreams,” said Li.He noted ongoing government support of this sector and the interconnected technology field of self-driving cars which is benefiting from ground-breaking policies in China that are paving the way for autonomous vehicle development in China.China has seen big self-driving car investmentHe highlighted the notable investments that multinationals had been made in China on the sharing economy and self-driving cars. Specifically he touted Ford’s $1.8 billion project that will incorporate autonomous driving technologies into cars sold on the Chinese market.In other fronts, Li said China was pursuing its “Internet Plus” initiative, which strives to give support to such sectors as cloud computing, mobile internet and e-commerce. He said such efforts aimed at ensuring such emerging digital technologies as IoT and cloud computing were integrated into the everyday fabric of Chinese citizens’ lives.According to Dan Starta, head of ATKearny’s Greater China consultancy, China is currently investing more on research and development into technological innovations than the European Union. And in the number of patents filed, it is now beginning to rival the U.S. as well.Much of this technological innovation is emerging out of China’s flourishing mobile commerce sector.“China’s Huawei took the top spot for most patents filed for the second consecutive year in 2015, while ZTE was ranked third,” he said of two massive Chinese smartphone firms. “Mobile commerce grew 140% to $334 billion, or roughly half of all online sales.”center_img 5 Industries Destined for Technological Disruption IT Trends of the Future That Are Worth Paying A… Tags:#Baidu#China#Internet of Things#IoT#self-driving cars#sharing economy#Uber last_img read more

10 months agoGuangzhou Evergrande table bumper bid for Barcelona attacker Malcom

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Guangzhou Evergrande table bumper bid for Barcelona attacker Malcomby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveGuangzhou Evergrande have offered Barcelona the chance to make a quick profit on Brazilian winger Malcom.Signed in the summer for €41m from Bordeaux, Malcom is the subject of a &eur;50m offer from Guangzhou, reports AS.Barca are willing to sell, with it emerging that their South American chief Andre Cury offering Malcom to Guangzhou before Christmas.The two clubs enjoy a good relationship having both bought and sold Paulinho over the past 12 months. The midfielder is now back with Guangzhou.For his part, Malcom will take some convincing about quitting Europe with ambitions of breaking into Tite’s Brazil squad front of mind for 2019. last_img read more

Hannah Davis, Derek Jeter Delayed Halloween Celebration To Watch End Of Michigan Game

first_imgHannah Davis and Derek Jeter wearing Halloween costumes.hannah davis derek jeter michiganPerhaps former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter really is a true Michigan man. Saturday night, Jetes, who was raised in Kalamazoo, apparently delayed celebrating Halloween to catch the end of the Michigan vs. Minnesota game. His fiance, Hannah Davis, posted an Instagram photo of him anxiously watching a television while she was ready to go out. The photo, which shows Jeter dressed up as a devil, is amazing.Michigan won the game on a goal-line stand, so Jeter was probably in a good mood. Guy has a decent life.[The Big Lead]last_img read more

Visser Shipping Chooses HybridReady Scrubbers for Its Ships

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pxhere under CC0 Creative Commons license Dutch shipping company Visser Shipping has signed a contract to outfit its three 9.0 MW containerships with hybrid-ready scrubber systems.Signed with Value Maritime, the contract includes an option for a fourth scrubber.The open-loop scrubbers are set to be installed on Visser Shipping’s vessels between October and December this year in order to be ready before IMO 2020 goes into effect on January 1, 2020.Visser Shipping currently has a fleet of five feeder container vessels providing transport throughout Northwest Europe.“The decision to install the new type of scrubbers from Value Maritime fits well into our philosophy. It ensures cost efficiency in the long term for our clients and also helps conserve the environment,” Visser Shipping said.“We have been investigating scrubbers from their beginning and found the retrofit to complex and too expensive, with the scrubbers from Value Maritime installation is more simple and costs are more in line with the size of our ships,” the company added.Value Maritime has developed a small prefabricated, pre-installed, “plug and play” exhaust gas cleaning system in a 20ft transportable casing, that filters sulphur and ultrafine particulate matter from vessel’s exhaust gasses. The system assures compliance with the IMO 0,1% Sulphur cap (SECA).last_img read more

Nova Scotia NDP promising 15aday child care plan beginning next year

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia New Democrats are promising to bring in $15-a-day child care beginning next year if they win the May 30 provincial election, a pledge the other parties quickly dismissed as likely beyond the province’s means.Party leader Gary Burrill also said Tuesday that his party would provide free child care to families whose net income is less than $30,000 annually and create 400 new spaces across the province.Burrill says average monthly fees for licensed care currently are in the range of $825 for a toddler and $781 for a pre-schooler, and parents need more assistance.“We know that parents face few struggles as widespread and difficult as the struggle to find affordable, quality child care for their kids,” he said.He says the program would lead to the creation of about 800 jobs either as a result of the direct hiring of child care workers or as a result of parents being able to work.The program’s annual cost would gradually rise over the next four years to $70 million per year by 2021.The Liberal party has promised a free, universal program for four-year-olds, which by 2020 would see 9,000 children being cared for at an annual cost of about $49 million.Liberal Premier Stephen McNeil said Tuesday that his plan would live within the province’s means.“One of the biggest differences (between the proposals) is we actually know how we’re going to pay for it,” said the premier.There are currently about 18,885 licensed child care spaces in a system that is a mix of not-for-profit centres and profit-based daycares, with a wide range of fees.The existing system provides subsidies for low-income families, with about one quarter of the families receiving assistance. Families with a net income of $35,000 or less receive the lion’s share of the assistance.The average daily rate for infant care is $42 daily in Halifax, and the maximum subsidy for poor families would cover about $29 of that, said a department spokeswoman.Tory Leader Jamie Baillie offered few details Tuesday on what his party is planning for early childhood education, saying he’ll work with the child care providers to determine the way forward.“We’re very keen to work with daycare providers on ways to ensure there’s affordable daycare for young Nova Scotia families,” he said.“Having said that I can’t help but wonder about the NDP plan to throw to just throw so many mountains full of money at these issues without any idea of how to implement it or pay for it.”last_img read more

This Years NCAA Mens Tournament Might Be The Most TopHeavy In 15

As my boss, Nate Silver, wrote in his introduction to FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions, 2014-15 was not a college basketball season defined by parity. For starters, Kentucky enters the bracket undefeated and — according to the Simple Rating System (SRS) — is the strongest pre-tournament team that the NCAA has seen in a while: But even beyond Kentucky, most of the other top teams this year are unusually strong, according to their SRS ranking. Wisconsin’s rating is about average for a second-ranked pre-tournament SRS team since the NCAA tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985, but Arizona is the eighth-best No. 3 in that 31-tournament period. Duke is the seventh-best No. 4. Villanova is the fifth-best No. 5. Virginia is the fourth-best No. 6. And Gonzaga and North Carolina each rank fifth among teams ranked No. 7 and 8, respectively. And 2015’s field only gets more impressive the deeper you dig:That’s why, if you look at the average SRS rating of the top third of teams in the field, the 2015 tournament ranks as the most top-heavy in more than a decade. Starting in the early 2000s, college basketball seemed to be trending toward a more even distribution of talent across the tournament, with fewer truly dominant teams at the top. Between Kentucky and its other unusually dominant peers, this season bucks that trend in a big way.Now, you might be tempted to think this is a case of the NCAA’s selection committee doing a better job of including the top teams according to statistical power ratings such as the SRS. And the sea of salmon-colored rows that make up Ken Pomeroy’s top 44 seems to lend credence to this theory. But in terms of average SRS, this year’s field features a pre-tournament rating of +11.7 — essentially no different from the +11.4 field average of a year ago.This season’s crop of tournament teams simply appears to be jam-packed with talent at the top, which we can only hope leads to an exciting month of basketball.Check out FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions. read more