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Feb. 7 bracket

Posted on: February 7, 2012 12:38 pm
Edited on: February 7, 2012 12:45 pm
Today's bracket is up with very little change at the top.  The top two lines are the same, and only 3-seed Georgetown moved more than one-line up to join the top 16.  The Hoyas were a five-seed last week.  Florida also moved up one spot to a four-seed.  The Gators have a big opportunity to make a splash tonight at overall No. 1 Kentucky.

Ohio State continues to push for a spot on the top line.  The Buckeyes have some good wins, over a little better quality teams than Baylor, but has losses to Illinois and Indiana and just picked up their first win of any significance outside of Columbus last weekend when they beat Wisconsin.  Almost all of Baylor's best wins have come away from home, and the Bears worst loss came at Kansas.  That's Ohio State's best loss.  So, Baylor still holds on for now.

Marquette dropped a couple spots after getting blown out at Notre Dame.  The Irish continue their climb in the bracket.  They moved up to an 11-seed after being slotted in a First Four game last week.

I can't get Seton Hall out of the bracket yet, despite the Pirates' best effort to fall out.  Their six-game losing streak is troublesome, but they do not have a loss to a triple-digit RPI team yet (Villanova is close though).  The Hall needs to right the ship against Rutgers tomorrow.

Northwestern is also still in the bracket after a bounce-back week that included a win over Nebraska and also at Illinois.  That pick got a lot of criticism last week because at the time, the Cats were 2-6 in the league.  Keep in mind though that conference record and conference standings are not relevant to the selection process.  Teams are judged on their entire seasons, not just the conference part, and it doesn't get any special weight.  Conference record is just a number.  And with the unbalanced schedules most leagues play (ridiculously so in the Big East), standings aren't very useful.

I've been talking most of the last month or so about how if a team in the Big Ten is going to drop out of tournament contention, it would likely come from the group of Northwestern, Purdue or Minnesota, but keep an eye on the Fading Illini.  Illinois has lost four of its last five, including two at home, but get a load of their next five games: at Indiana, at Michigan, home vs Purdue, at Nebraska, which has beaten IU at home already, and at Ohio State.  ouchie.  The Illini have picked a bad time to slump.

Oklahoma's stay in the bracket was short lived after home losses to Iowa State and MissouriOle Miss is also gone.  Those two were replaced in the at-large pool by Miami, which won at Duke, and BYU, who crawls back in after beating Gonzaga.

Washington has taken over Cal's spot as the Pac 12 leader, and Drexel is in from the Colonial, in place of George Mason.

We're used to seeing the CAA produce at-large quality champions, and occasionally, multiple bids, but this is a down year for the league.  Only VCU and Drexel are in the RPI top 100, and just barely (86 and 85 respectively).  It's arguably the league's worse season since 1999-2000.  I have the Dragons as a 15-seed today.

The Pac 12 has only one time in the RPI top 50 -- for now.  Cal fell to 48th after losing at home to Arizona this week.  The league has struggled the last two years, but still ranked 7th.  This year, it's down to 10th, and is a miserable 1-31 vs the RPI top 50 (Stanford over Colorado State on Nov. 15).  It's hard to build a case for an at-large bid for anyone based on that performance.  The top three teams in the league are all on the road for two games this weekend, so we could have another mess come next week.


Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: February 9, 2012 11:38 am

Feb. 7 bracket

OHIO STATE WILL be a number 1 seed and make the final four again

Since: Aug 31, 2009
Posted on: February 9, 2012 9:40 am

Feb. 7 bracket

Beware they have not played MICH ST yet!

Since: Sep 30, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 12:57 am

Feb. 7 bracket

Teres Minor... Sweet Name! Rotator Cuff muscle that does nothing more than partially help to stabalize a joint. You're argument is about as weak as the muscle you've chosen for your name. Since you're so enlightened please explain to me how tOSU cheated for 10 years... memorabillia for tattoos... Tressel covering it up... Improper benefits at fund raisers... All of this happened in one year. The NCAA hit tOSU for a failure to monitor charge and gave us a bowl ban and loss of scholarships. What more do you want? A personal written apology? You're argument about the basketball team with "rental players" is even more of a ridiculous comment. Might as well sanction every major NCAA basketball team in the country for that. Sounds like you have some jealousy issues my friend and you're name and argument is total garbage. Ease up on the sour grapes and just accept the fact that Urban Meyer and THE Ohio State is going to own the BIG for the next 10 years. The only death penalty that is going to be dealt is the one Urban Meyer is dealing out to Meatchicken. Enjoy being THE Ohio State's l3itch for another decade! 

Since: Apr 16, 2007
Posted on: February 9, 2012 12:31 am

Feb. 7 bracket

I guess that all of these Ohio kids want to go to ohio state because of these benefits, and not because they are from ohio.

Lets look at the last few years...
Lighty: From Ohio
Diebler: From Ohio
Sully: From Ohio
Craft: From Ohio
Buford: From Ohio
Dalas Lauderdale: From Ohio

Essentially their entire team last season was born and raised OHIO talent.
Like its that hard to get OHIO talent for basketball to stay in Ohio when the team is winning.

There is a reason why in Basketball the illegal practices happen a little less often, because you only have to stay for a year (used to be you didnt have to go to college) where in Football its a 3 maybe 4 year commitment to a program, in basketball its a 1 maybe 2 years (4 if you are lucky) to the program. less payoff.

Get a life, OSU brings in quality Ohio Talent because no other school in the area is legit.

Since: Sep 30, 2006
Posted on: February 8, 2012 2:22 pm

Feb. 7 bracket

Gosh! Did I miss something? Do you mean to tell me that just because tOSU's basketball program is doing good, like many other top-notch colleges, that they must be doing illegal recruiting? What about all of the other top-tier colleges? You are definitely a tOSU hater, so whaaaaaaaah. Did we beat your team this year, and the year before and now you want to stir up some ####?

Have a nice day!!Smile 

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: February 8, 2012 9:36 am

Feb. 7 bracket

I'm still waiting for the "newer, tougher NCAA Enforcement Committee" to actually do the job in Columbus.  Everyone except the committe and the OSU faithful know that their football team cheated for ten years under Tressel.  During the same time frame, Ohio State has managed to get some very good "rentals" on their way to the top of the NBA draft.  
It's not much of a reach to deduce that there are some serious illegal benefits going on with the Ohio State basketball team, too.   Sooner or later, they will get caught.  The only thing the NCAA needs to do now is change the burden of proof and not require testimony to the committe in person.  If they simply allowed investigators to record their interviews and use them as evidence, it would make it a lot harder for the "Sacred Brotherhood" to make death threats to those who are about to testify.  

They should also penalize witness tampering and death threats an automatic two year death penalty for the school and sport involved.

Since: Dec 15, 2008
Posted on: February 7, 2012 11:25 pm

Feb. 7 bracket

nice repentance on BYU Palm, but crawling? Come on. you really need to get rid of your bias and start judging teams based on their body of work rather than your desire of where they should be.

Since: Jun 2, 2011
Posted on: February 7, 2012 8:26 pm

Feb. 7 bracket

I agree..Not there yet.

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