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Dantheman's First Bracketology Update of the Year

Posted on: November 20, 2009 12:51 am
Edited on: November 20, 2009 12:53 am
 
LINK: Bracketology: Through November 19th's Games

Before tonight I had been only updating the records on my bracketology. I felt that was the only fair way to do it until each team had at least two or three games completed. Tonight, after three top 25 showdowns, I finally changed seedings and moved teams up/down based on the results thus far. From this point on, expect the bracketology to be updated nightly (like always).

Remember: I know we are only two weeks into the season, but a lot of people love this stuff all the time. They want to know where their team stands at all times. This bracketology is based on what has happened so far, along with preseason expectations. It won't be long before preseason expectations are factored out completely, but at this point they have to be included.

Here's some of the risers/fallers:

Risers:

Tennessee Volunteers (2-0):
The Vols move up due to a combination of their own stellar play, and Kentucky's lackluster defense so far. I now have Tennessee projected as the SEC champs and have given them the #1 seed in the South. The other three #1 seeds remain unchanged.

Dayton Flyers (2-0): Although many haven't noticed what Dayton has done so far (neither one of their wins was on TV), I have. Wins over Creighton and Georgia Tech has Dayton on the top five seed line. If you want to argue it, name another team with two wins that can compare to Dayton's.

Syracuse Orange (3-0): Syracuse crushed California tonight and moved up four seed lines in the process. I didn't see that win coming, especially after Syracuse's poor offensive play in its first two outings. Their reward is a 5 seed in my bracket.

North Carolina Tar Heels (4-0): North Carolina, like Syracuse, benefited from a win today over Ohio State. I expected the Buckeyes to win, but outside a big Ohio State run to finish off the game, the Tar Heels were in control. UNC, a team I thought was overrated in the preseason due to last season's title, is a #2 seed in tonight's bracket.

Memphis Tigers (1-1): Memphis fans, it's too early for me to say I was wrong (because were only two games into the season), but I think I was wrong about the Tigers. I've had them just out of all of my brackets until this update. How can I not put a team that took the nation's #1 team to the wire as a top 7 seed? I've adjusted, and due to their seeding (compared to Tulsa's) I have also made Memphis the projected Conference USA champs.

Gonzaga Bulldogs (1-1): Gonzaga fans, I think I might've been wrong on the Zags too. I did have Gonzaga in my field, but I had the Bulldogs as an 11 seed in the preseason. After taking #2 Michigan State to the brink, and leading most of the game, I have rewarded Gonzaga with a #8 seed.

Fallers:

Kentucky Wildcats (3-0):
Kentucky is 3-0 and really, that's all that matters, but it hasn't been a pretty start. None of the three wins, Morehead State, Miami (OH), and Sam Houston State, have Wildcat fans pounding their chests in approval. The Wildcats three point defense has been awful and it will bite them if they don't fix it before better competition comes calling. For now, Kentucky falls to a 3 seed.

Mississippi State Bulldogs (1-1): I feel like I should probably move Mississippi State down a few more spots (their a 7 seed) due to their opening loss to Rider, but have hesitated to do so. At this point, preseason expectations are the main reason Mississippi State is still seeded where they are.

UCLA Bruins (1-1): The Bruins opening night loss to Cal State Fullerton had me banging my head on the wall. Why did I have UCLA as a 4 seed anyway? I thought everyone was overlooking them, but I see now that they should be overlooked. I moved the Bruins down to a 6 seed, but might even adjust to move them lower soon. Someone has to make the tournament from the Pac 10, outside Washington and California, right ?

NOTE: Most of the others teams that fell, fell because of lackluster play or another team moving up.

Category: NCAAB
Tags: Bracketology
 
Comments

Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: November 23, 2009 3:14 pm
 

Dantheman's First Bracketology Update of the Year

Okay, you did not say they didn't score, you said "poor offensive play."  Point taken. 
that is the biggest problem with these message boards, too many people read what they want (like I did) and too many people play semantics with wording; often screaming "That's not what I said, I said this!" when there is a minor difference in the meaning (not saying you did that, just make an observation).

Anyway, I agree that SU should be top 10.  Like I have said before, I thought they were a top 10 with Flynn's return, but then he bolted.  The loss of Devo and Harris is starting to look meaningless as they have upgraded with better shooters and defenders.

Anyway, should be anotehr good season in the Big East.



Since: Jan 17, 2009
Posted on: November 22, 2009 11:17 pm
 

Dantheman's First Bracketology Update of the Year

Syracuse is looking good though. Its nice to see Wes Johnson step up.



Since: Jan 17, 2009
Posted on: November 22, 2009 11:15 pm
 

Dantheman's First Bracketology Update of the Year

It think GTucker was just saying that anything can happen and its too early to get caught up about who should be where and talked about the most. Like he said.... the injury bug could happen. Tons of things can happen and its hard to tell four games into the season. Boeheim is a great coach and Syracuse is a great program but every program has some tough years. Especially when they're in a tough conference. 

Give us a couple of weeks and things will start to fall into place.



Since: Mar 7, 2008
Posted on: November 22, 2009 10:49 pm
 

Dantheman's First Bracketology Update of the Year

Gtucker how many years has Boeheim been at Cuse?  How many years have you been watching college basketball?  In the last 35 years how many times do you think he's had to rebuild?  They're always ranked high, he's made 3 Final Fours and won one.  Sometimes when your're stupid you should stay quiet so as to not let the world know of your stupidity.  Dantheman I agree they can't keep turning the ball over like they did in preseason.  They seem to have shored that up in their last 2.  That UNC game was very impressive.  If you put great athletes in that zone it's tough to deal with.  All the experts thought the Big East would be down this year.  They'll be the best again wait and see.


How many times do I think he's had to rebuild??? None. He's had great teams year in and year out. I really don't understand why you're coming out to challenge my knowledge. I don't even really know what you're arguing about. But whatever. And as a Big East fan I think it's very funny that you think we will be the best conference. I'd love to see us compete on a regular basis with the Big 12 and ACC.



Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: November 22, 2009 10:04 pm
 

Dantheman's First Bracketology Update of the Year

Later down the line you complain about someone calling you an idiot yet you sent this condescending, "don't question me" message. I don't understand this sentence. If you are implying that I was saying "dont question me", I wasn't. As you said, all I asked was not to be called an idiot. I welcome comments and questions.

All I am saying is they have scored points, against scrubs, while trying to find themselves.  They have a lot of new parts.  The point is, YOU said they couldn't score... you were wrong and after this past weekend you are even more wrong.
I suppose you'll point to Cal missing a couple players and UNC being young...  the excuses will keep coming I'm sure.

Can you show me where I said they couldn't score?

Here's my exact quote:
"Syracuse Orange (3-0): Syracuse crushed California tonight and moved up four seed lines in the process. I didn't see that win coming, especially after Syracuse's poor offensive play in its first two outings. Their reward is a 5 seed in my bracket."

You assumed what I meant and jumped down my throat without asking. I could've been clearer, and it's my fault that I wasn't. My point is that you should stop assuming.

And just so you know, I have Syracuse as a top 10 team right now. I have NOTHING against the Orange or any of their fans. I simply gave a stat and you jumped on it believing I was an Orange hater.



Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: November 22, 2009 9:25 pm
 

Dantheman's First Bracketology Update of the Year

Later down the line you complain about someone calling you an idiot yet you sent this condescending, "don't question me" message.  What ever man.  All I am saying is they have scored points, against scrubs, while trying to find themselves.  They have a lot of new parts.  The point is, YOU said they couldn't score... you were wrong and after this past weekend you are even more wrong.
I suppose you'll point to Cal missing a couple players and UNC being young...  the excuses will keep coming I'm sure.

The bottom line is SU was a top 10 with Flynn back.  He left, so they are seeing what they have at point.  So far it is looking good.  Add to that the better defense and W. Johnson, this team is for real.



Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: November 22, 2009 1:36 pm
 

Dantheman's First Bracketology Update of the Year

Gtucker how many years has Boeheim been at Cuse?  How many years have you been watching college basketball?  In the last 35 years how many times do you think he's had to rebuild?  They're always ranked high, he's made 3 Final Fours and won one.  Sometimes when your're stupid you should stay quiet so as to not let the world know of your stupidity.  Dantheman I agree they can't keep turning the ball over like they did in preseason.  They seem to have shored that up in their last 2.  That UNC game was very impressive.  If you put great athletes in that zone it's tough to deal with.  All the experts thought the Big East would be down this year.  They'll be the best again wait and see.



Since: Mar 7, 2008
Posted on: November 21, 2009 4:09 pm
 

Dantheman's First Bracketology Update of the Year

Syracuse has been one of the early season surprises so far. It will be very interesting to see where they are in a month. Sometimes winning a tournament like this can be bad for a young team because they get over-confident. Hopefully that doesn't happen with the Orange.
And injuries can always occur. You just never know with a young team how consistent they will be. I'm a Georgetown fan, and I have the upmost respect for Syracuse, even if we are hated rivals. I believe Boeheim is one of the best coaches ever and I just love Jonny Flynn. No hating here from me



Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: November 21, 2009 3:59 pm
 

Dantheman's First Bracketology Update of the Year

maybe it came off a little harsh. Just seems people are always so quick to recognize when other teams are good, yet they dismiss Syracuse when they show their ability. Every year Syracuse is picked in the middle of the Big East, and every year they out perform those expectations. Maybe its a bit of pent up frustration from constantly being over looked as a great college hoops program. Sorry it ended up pointed at you.
It's alright. I am not one of those people that calls out a random team and says their bad, unless they are bad. My point on Syracuse was that the Orange hadn't been overly impresive in their opening wins. The win over Cal was a surprise to me because I thought the Bears would win. Last night I even picked Syracuse to win on my site. No other team can compare to what Syracuse has done so far. In my latest bracket, they are a 2 seed.



Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: November 21, 2009 3:56 pm
 

Dantheman's First Bracketology Update of the Year

I always appreciate Dan's comments and he has great credibility from his brackets being nearly dead red every year.
Thanks Arth. Syracuse has been one of the early season surprises so far. It will be very interesting to see where they are in a month. Sometimes winning a tournament like this can be bad for a young team because they get over-confident. Hopefully that doesn't happen with the Orange.


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