Posted on: March 27, 2009 9:58 pm
 

Don't ever get your bracket picks from me

I did horrible with my bracket in the tournament. If I ever give you unsolicited advice in filling out your bracket after Selection Sunday don't listen to it.

That is all.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 18, 2009 5:36 pm
 

Bracket Help for the late Bracket Fillers

What does a self-proclaimed Bracketologist do after the Selection Sunday announcements are made? Well they turn their attention from predicting the field to predicting the winners.

I will give you a couple of my picks and give you some help in filling out your brackets:

1- Always pick at least one 12 over a 5- Just about every year a 12 seed beats a 5 seed in the 1st round. Who is likely to pull an upset this year? Western Kentucky is a great team that made a run to the Sweet 16 last year. Arizona is another team I think may pull the upset, Utah is a little overrated at a 5 seed (although I will be pulling for the Utes to support the MWC teams).

2- Don't look at seed in the 7-10, 8-9 matchups- These teams are fairly evenly matched so don't just take chalk in this one, take time to actually analyze the matchups and teams. One 10-7 upset I really like is Maryland over Cal; Terps have been playing well lately and Cal is merely a middle of the pack team in a down Pac-10.

3- Don't pick all four #1 seeds to make the Final 4- Last year was the only time it has happened. I have two #1 seeds falling before the Final 4. Memphis is a great selection to knock off Connecticut and reach the Final 4.

4- Don't be afraid to make mistakes in the First Round- Most bracket challenges award points in higher increments as the tournament goes on. So don't agonize over a first round matchup if you have someone else beating them in the next round.

 

My national championship pick is........

Memphis

 

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 15, 2009 4:10 pm
Edited on: March 15, 2009 4:14 pm
 

Bracketology- Selection Sunday Final Edition

Here is the final edition of my bracketology. You all can hold me against Lunardi and the experts and see how I do.

Auto bids are in CAPS. The winner of the South Region will play the winner of the East Region; the winner of the Midwest Region will play the winner of the West Region.

Last Four In: San Diego State, Maryland, Wisconsin, Boston College

Last Four Out: St. Mary's, Creighton, Arizona, New Mexico

Next Four Out: UNLV, Auburn, South Carolina, Florida

Note: In my mind the last four teams in, and the last four teams out are interchangable. I wouldn't be surprised to see any of the last four in be out, and any of the last four out be in. In my mind, all eight teams are deserving; there have been just too many bid-stealers for the last four out to get in.

South Region (Memphis)

Games played in Dayton:

1 LOUISVILLE vs. 16 CSU NORTHRIDGE
8 Oklahoma St. vs. 9 UTAH ST.

Games played in Boise:

4 PURDUE vs. 13 AMERICAN
5 GONZAGA vs. 12 W. KENTUCKY

Games played in Miami:

3 Wake Forest vs. 14 AKRON
6 Ucla vs. 11 TEMPLE

Games played in Kansas City:

2 Oklahoma vs. 15 PORTLAND ST.
7 Louisiana St. vs. 10 Minnesota

East Region (Boston)

Games played in Greensboro:

1 North Carolina vs. 16 MOREHEAD ST.
8 Brigham Young vs. 9 Michigan

Games played in Boise:

4 Syracuse vs. 13 NORTHERN IOWA
5 Arizona St. vs. 12 VCU

Games played in Philadelphia:

3 Villanova vs. 14 NORTH DAKOTA ST.
6 Tennessee vs. 11 Maryland

Games played in Kansas City:

2 MEMPHIS vs. 15 E. TENNESSEE ST.
7 Ohio St. vs. 10 USC

Midwest Region (Indianapolis)

Games played in Dayton:

1 Pittsburgh vs. 16 Play-in game Winner (CHATTANOOGA vs. ALABAMA ST.)
8 Texas vs. 9 California

Games played in Miami:

4 Florida St. vs. 13 CLEVELAND ST.
5 Illinois vs. 12 MISSISSIPPI ST.

Games played in Minneapolis:

3 Kansas vs. 14 ROBERT MORRIS
6 Clemson vs. 11 San Diego St.

2 Michigan St. vs. 15 CORNELL
7 W. Virginia vs. 10 Dayton

West Region (Glendale)

Games played in Philadelphia:

1 Connecticut vs. 16 RADFORD
8 Butler vs. 9 Texas A&M

Games played in Portland:

4 Washington vs. 13 STEPHEN F. AUSTIN
5 Xavier vs. 12 Boston College

3 MISSOURI vs. 14 BINGHAMTON
6 UTAH vs. 11 Wisconsin

Games played in Greensboro:

2 DUKE vs. 15 MORGAN ST.
7 Marquette vs. 10 SIENA

 

 

 

Posted on: March 15, 2009 5:26 am
 

Bracketology-Selection Sunday AM Edition

 I had planned on posting this a lot earlier in the night, luckily I am on West Coast time and am still up, because figuring out seeds and the last couple of at-large teams was extremely difficult. Making the bracket fit the Principles and Procedures was extremely difficult as well, but I think I've finally got it.

This is the bracket that I think will resemble what the Selection Committee will reveal. It assumes Tennessee beats Mississippi St., if not my last team in becomes my last team out.

Auto bids (projected or won) are in CAPS. The winner of the South Region will play the winner of the East Region; the winner of the Midwest Region will play the winner of the West Region.

Last Four In: San Diego State, Wisconsin, Boston College, St. Mary's

Last Four Out: Creighton, Arizona, New Mexico, UNLV

Next Four Out: Auburn, South Carolina, Florida, Penn St.

South Region (Memphis)

Games played in Dayton:

1 LOUISVILLE vs. 16 CSU NORTHRIDGE
8 Oklahoma St. vs. 9 UTAH ST.

Games played in Boise:

4 PURDUE vs. 13 AMERICAN
5 GONZAGA vs. 12 W. KENTUCKY

Games played in Miami:

3 Wake Forest vs. 14 AKRON
6 Ucla vs. 11 TEMPLE

Games played in Kansas City:

2 Oklahoma vs. 15 PORTLAND ST.
7 Louisiana St. vs. 10 Minnesota

East Region (Boston)

Games played in Greensboro:

1 North Carolina vs. 16 MOREHEAD ST.
8 Brigham Young vs. 9 Michigan

Games played in Boise:

4 Syracuse vs. 13 NORTHERN IOWA
5 Arizona St. vs. 12 St. Mary's

Games played in Philadelphia:

3 Villanova vs. 14 NORTH DAKOTA ST.
6 TENNESSEE vs. 11 USC

Games played in Kansas City:

2 MEMPHIS vs. 15 E. TENNESSEE ST.
7 Ohio St. vs. 10 Maryland

Midwest Region (Indianapolis)

Games played in Dayton:

1 Pittsburgh vs. 16 Play-in game Winner (CHATTANOOGA vs. ALABAMA ST.)
8 Texas vs. 9 California

Games played in Miami:

4 Florida St. vs. 13 CLEVELAND ST.
5 Illinois vs. 12 VCU

Games played in Minneapolis:

3 Kansas vs. 14 ROBERT MORRIS
6 Clemson vs. 11 San Diego St.

2 Michigan St. vs. 15 CORNELL
7 W. Virginia vs. 10 Dayton

West Region (Glendale)

Games played in Philadelphia:

1 Connecticut vs. 16 RADFORD
8 Butler vs. 9 Texas A&M

Games played in Portland:

4 Washington vs. 13 STEPHEN F. AUSTIN
5 Xavier vs. 12 Boston College

3 MISSOURI vs. 14 BINGHAMTON
6 UTAH vs. 11 Wisconsin

Games played in Greensboro:

2 DUKE vs. 15 MORGAN ST.
7 Marquette vs. 10 SIENA

 

 

Posted on: March 14, 2009 10:01 pm
Edited on: March 14, 2009 10:59 pm
 

"Back" from Vegas; MWC Tournament thoughts

Well I have left Vegas now and am visiting some family in the Great NW. Glad to be back to having Internet access (I wasn't willing to pay $12/day for it at what had to be one of the worst hotels I've ever stayed it).

Despite my team getting bounced early I still had fun in Vegas hanging out with friends. We did a lot of cool things without having to go watch the Lobos play.

Anyways some thoughts about what games I did see in Vegas:

San Diego State looks really impressive: The Aztecs beat UNLV soundly on their home floor, beat BYU (who had swept them earlier in the season) and narrowly lost to Utah. If you are looking for a 10, 11 or 12 (whatever seed they'll get) to pull an upset, this is the team to pick. The Aztecs are finally healthly and have a coach who has plenty of Tournament experience.

Utah is lucky: Luck was a lady for the Utes in Vegas this weekend. They get a last second 3 to beat TCU in the 1st Round, then got Wyoming in the 2nd round (more on that later), and narrowly excaped against SDSU in the finals. Don't get me wrong Utah is a good team, but they are a team which may be upset in the 1st Round of the Tournament.

New Mexico chokes with an NCAA tourney appearance on the line (again): They did it last year in the 3-6 matchup, needing one win at least to get to the tournament and lose to an inferior team. The Lobos live and die by the 3 and went 3-23 (yes you read that right) in the game against Wyoming on Thursday. Wyoming on the other hand shot lights out from 3, hitting over 50%. All I can say is this team is glad that none of the NIT games will be played in the Thomas & Mack, as it seems the Lobos are allergic to the rims in that building.

MWC officiating is horrible: Game of note, New Mexico v. Wyoming. Now don't get me wrong the Lobos lost by their own pathetic performance, but the officiating this game was horrible, on both sides. The game was called fairly evenly, but the referees called EVERY, and I mean EVERY ticky-tack foul in the book. There were over 50 fouls in a game that didn't even go into OT. By comparision the 6OT game between Syracuse-UCONN had 66 fouls. Less than 1 foul per minute compared to over 1.25 fouls per minute in the UNM-Wyoming game. MWC teams are not going to be prepared for the NCAA tournament with this kind of officiating in a conference tournament. In the NCAA tournament they are going to allow teams to play a lot more and the Mountain West teams will not be prepared for the physical play.

Thats all I got for now, I will post my bracketology later tonight after all the games have concluded.

 

Posted on: March 11, 2009 12:06 am
 

Lobofan2003's Bracket Seeds 3/10/09

I don't have time to post a full bracket as I am headed off to the MWC tourney in Vegas in the morning, but here are my seed lines through the conference tournaments of Tuesday.

#1 Seeds: Pitt, North Carolina, Connecticut, Louisville

#2 Seeds: Oklahoma, Michigan St., Duke, Kansas

#3 Seeds: Memphis, Wake Forest, Villanova, Missouri

#4 Seeds: Washington, Clemson, UCLA, Xavier

#5 Seeds: Florida St., Syracuse, Gonzaga, Illinois

#6 Seeds: Marquette, LSU, Purdue, Arizona St.

#7 Seeds: Utah, California, West Virginia, BYU

#8 Seeds: Butler, Tennessee, Dayton, Texas

#9 Seeds: Wisconsin, Texas A&M, Ohio St., Oklahoma St.

#10 Seeds: Michigan, Utah St., Boston College, Minnesota

#11 Seeds: Arizona, Creighton, UNLV, Siena

#12 Seeds: South Carolina, Western Kentucky, VCU, New Mexico

#13 Seeds: Cleveland St., American, Northern Iowa, Stephen F. Austin

#14 Seeds: Binghamton, North Dakota St., Robert Morris, Cornell

#15 Seeds: Portland St., E. Tennessee St., Morgan St., Radford

#16 Seeds: Morehead St., Bowling Green, CSU Northridge, Chattanooga, Alabama St.

Last Five In: Creighton, Arizona, UNLV, South Carolina, New Mexico

Last Five Out: St. Mary's, SDSU, Auburn, Penn St., Florida

Posted on: March 10, 2009 11:37 pm
 

Off to MWC tourney in Vegas

I am off to Las Vegas for the Mountatin West tournament in a few hours. (Shuttle for the airport leaves @530 AM) Anyways, I will try and be the unofficial Mountain West tournament blogger, although I am sure I will have more pressing matters to attend to in VegasWink .

I don't have time to do a full bracket, but I will post my seed lines as of tonight. I don't know how much "Bracketology" I will be able to do while in Vegas, but I will be sure to post one late Saturday night or before the Selections are made on Sunday.

 

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: March 8, 2009 10:54 pm
Edited on: March 8, 2009 11:30 pm
 

Bracketology 3/8/09

Here's the Bracketology through the majority of Sunday's games. I am going to assume that St. Mary's will win their semifinal game later tonight to get themselves into the bracket, otherwise they would be out of the bracket.

Louisville claims the 4th #1 seed, just edging out Michigan St., by claiming the outright Big East title, although I have a feeling that the Big East will only wind up with two #1 seeds when all this is said and done.

The conference tournaments will really sort out all out of this. The last five in and last five out can easily be switched depending how each of those teams do in their conference tournaments.

Projected Auto bids are in CAPS, if they have already clinched an autobid they are in Bold . Winner of the South Region will play the winner of the East Region; the winner of the Midwest Region will play the winner of the West Region.

South Region (Memphis)

Games played in Greensboro:

1 NORTH CAROLINA vs. 16 BOWLING GREEN
8 Dayton vs. 9 Texas A&M

Games played in Portland:

4 Ucla vs. 13 AMERICAN
5 Marquette vs. 12 New Mexico

Games played in Boise:

3 Missouri vs. 14 STEPHEN F. AUSTIN
6 Syracuse vs. 11 South Carolina

Games played in Minneapolis:

2 MICHIGAN ST. vs. 15 CORNELL
7 BUTLER vs. 10 Boston College

East Region (Boston)

Games played in Philadelphia:

1 Connecticut vs. 16 MOREHEAD ST.
8 Texas vs. 9 Ohio St.

Games played in Portland:

4 WASHINGTON vs. 13 NORTHERN IOWA
5 Florida St. vs. 12 W. Kentucky

Games played in Philadelphia:

3 Villanova vs. 14 CHARLESTON
6 LSU vs. 11 Arizona

Games played in Greensboro:

2 Duke vs. 15 E. TENNESSEE ST.
7 BYU vs. 10 Minnesota

Midwest Region (Indianapolis)

Games played in Dayton:

1 Pittsburgh vs. Play-in game winner (CSU NORTHRIDGE vs. ALABAMA ST.)
8 Tennessee vs. 9 Oklahoma St.

Games played in Boise:

4 XAVIER vs. 13 VCU
5 Illinois vs. 12 St. Mary's

Games played in Minneapolis:

3 MEMPHIS vs. 14 NORTH DAKOTA ST.
6 Arizona St. vs. 11 Creighton

Games played in Kansas City:

2 KANSAS vs. 15 ROBERT MORRIS
7 Utah vs. 10 Michigan

West Region (Glendale)

Games played in Dayton:

1 LOUISVILLE vs. 16 RADFORD
8 California vs. 9 Wisconsin

Games played in Miami:

4 Clemson vs. 13 WEBER ST.
5 GONZAGA vs. 12 SIENA

3 Wake Forest vs. 14 BINGHAMTON
6 Purdue vs. 11 Unlv

Games played in Kansas City:

2 Oklahoma vs. 15 MORGAN ST.
7 W. Virginia vs. 10 UTAH ST.

Last Five In: Arizona, Creighton, UNLV, St. Mary's, New Mexico

Last Five Out: San Diego State, Auburn, Penn St., Miami (FL), Florida

Next Five Out: Providence, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Rhode Island, USC

 

Comments? Questions?

 

 

 
 
 
 
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