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Slaughterhouse Saturday - Bracket Edition

Posted on: January 30, 2011 6:06 pm
by Jerry Palm

There was a lot of carnage in the top 25 on Saturday -- and Sunday too.  Nine teams ranked in the AP poll lost to lower ranked or unranked teams this weekend, and there are still two games left to play as I write this.

The list of victims includes two teams that were top seeds in my most recent bracket, Duke and Connecticut .  A third, Ohio State , barely escaped at Northwestern yesterday.  The fourth, San Diego State , lost at BYU on Wednesday.

Syracuse , Vanderbilt , Villanova , Florida , Texas A&M , BYU, and Wisconsin all took the pipe on Saturday.

So what does this mean?  Well, when everybody loses, nobody really wins.  How much change can there be in the top 16 when 11 of them take at least one loss during the week?  Some teams will surely drop out, but this weekend may not cause the massive shakeup you might expect.  Utah State isn't suddenly a No. 1 seed just because everybody ahead of them lost this week.  They almost lost too, by the way.

What a weekend like this does is cause poll voters in particular to almost start from scratch and reevaluate everyone.  That's standard operating procedure for me when I do brackets.  I never look at my previous one.  But most people, voters especially, tend to slot teams in their mind (and on their ballots) and move them week-to-week.  Weeks like this make that task nearly impossible.

So, in the bracket anyway, there will surely be some shuffling, but it may not be as dramatic as you might expect.


Since: Aug 24, 2010
Posted on: February 1, 2011 11:45 am

Slaughterhouse Saturday - Bracket Edition

"When everybody loses nobody wins".  Nonsense.  Tell that to Texas.

Since: Jan 26, 2009
Posted on: January 31, 2011 8:04 am

Slaughterhouse Saturday - Bracket Edition

UNC has got to make a big jump.  Yes they have lost a couple of ridiculous games but they are 15-5, have won 6 of their last 7 games, and beat a very tough Kentucky team.  They should be in the top 25 this week and hopefully make a move off the 9 line you had them on last week.

Since: Dec 28, 2010
Posted on: January 30, 2011 11:11 pm

Slaughterhouse Saturday - Bracket Edition

I expect a huge shakeup, but you'll probably pull something like having Michigan State on the 2 line because of who they played (and they should not be considered for any type of special treatment.  Even though I enjoyed Duke losing to the Johnnies, they'll probably still be a #1 seed in the next Bracketology (the 4th one).  Yes it was mass chaos with a lot of ranked teams losing, but you have to tip your hat to the ones that prevailed like ahem, Louisville upsetting UConn, Georgetown upsetting Villanova, Marquette beating Syracuse (4th lose in a row), and I can go on and on.  

Since: Mar 7, 2010
Posted on: January 30, 2011 11:06 pm

Slaughterhouse Saturday - Bracket Edition

As a Cuse fan, I agree the voters should punish the Orange for losing Tues to Seton Hall at home.  Cuse is a good team but has a lot of work to do in finishing the season strong.  Pitt, UConn, Nova look more polished overall in the Big East than the Cuse.  The Orange's best hope is that this inexperienced group as a whole will mold together as the season heads down the stretch.  I honestly see the Cuse as a # 5 seed in the NCAA's having to beat a team like Vandy or Illinois to make it to the Sweet 16 this year.  But you never know, that's why Feb and Mar are college hoops time in my books.

Since: Nov 4, 2007
Posted on: January 30, 2011 9:56 pm

Slaughterhouse Saturday - Bracket Edition

Texas and Kansas should move up to the second and third spots in the rankings.   Teams like Missouri who lost on the road to a top ten team shouldn't be penalized nearly as much as a team like Syracuse who got bludgeoned by a very bad team at home or other teams who lost on the road or at home to markedly inferior teams.

Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: January 30, 2011 9:03 pm

Slaughterhouse Saturday - Bracket Edition

When everyone loses, nobody wins....except the teams that continue to play well and take care of their Texas.

And when the economy went south, people focused on the bad things happening, which is human nature. But, no one was talking about those companies and businesses that thrived during that time. That's where the positive energy was.

There are a lot of quality teams out there, yet all will stumble during the season and only one will be standing at the end.

Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: January 30, 2011 8:59 pm

Slaughterhouse Saturday - Bracket Edition

You need Kentucky on the 3 line.

Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: January 30, 2011 8:16 pm

Slaughterhouse Saturday - Bracket Edition

JERRY-  Understand what you're trying to say BUT --THERE should be a FEW DRAMATIC changes ... You Must agree.. !!

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