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Posted on: March 26, 2011 3:51 pm
 

Big East and Big Ten come up empty/72 teams

The performance by the Big East and Big Ten in the NCAA tournament has been underwhelming to say the least.

The two conferences combined to earn 16 of the 37 at-large teams in the field. Of those 16 at-large teams, none remain in the Elite 8. (The only team from the Big East or Big Ten remaining is UCONN who won the Big East Auto Bid.) Meanwhile we have teams that some felt didn't belong in the field (VCU) and from one of the "weaker" Big 6 conferences (Arizona) who received at-large bids that are still alive and kicking.

Of the record 5 teams that received at-large bids with 14 losses; 3 of them came from the Big East and Big Ten. Marquette equitted itself well, winning two games to get to the Sweet 16, but Penn State and Michigan State fell flat in their opening games.

What am I trying to say with all of this? Maybe, the so called "best" conferences aren't really any better than any others. While I didn't believe any of the 16 at-large teams from the Big East and Big Ten where unworthy of getting in, it doesn't appear to be good for the Tournament to have so many teams in from a particular conference taking up a large portion of the at-large bids.

I would have loved to see what Colorado, Alabama, St. Mary's or Harvard could've done in the Tournament. What should be done then to give more access to the tournament to teams from more conferences? Do we need a cap on the number of teams from a particular conference? I don't think that's the solution, the Committee is supposed to look at individual teams and not what conference they are from; a cap would defeat that line of thinking.

I propose that we expand the Tournament to 72 teams, creating four additional 1st Round games. This would make the last 12 at-large teams who get into the field play in the 1st round instead of the last 4. These 12 teams would be the current 4 that are in the "First Four", the additional four at-large teams that would be included and the last four teams that received byes this year. The bubble was so weak this year I don't think anyone can argue that the last four teams that received byes were that deserving of receiving one.

This year you could've had, in addition to the "First Four" games that we had, Missouri vs. Alabama, Marquette vs. St. Mary's, Penn St. vs. Colorado and Michigan St. vs. Harvard; those would've been exciting games to watch and would've allowed for additional games throughout the day on Tuesday and Wednesday just like we do on Thursday and Friday of opening weekend. (Imagine all the reduced office productivity, haha!)
Posted on: March 6, 2011 11:49 pm
 

Lobofan2003 Bracketology as of 3/6/11-11PM ET

Here's my bracket with most of Sunday's games having been completed.

Quite a few upsets in the conference tournaments already with Indiana State and NC-Asheville upsetting the #1 seeds in their conference in the final.

Watch out for VCU as well, they are back on the bubble with their win over George Mason in the CAA Semifinals and may very well steal a bid from somebody.

Please let me know if I missed any rematches. I was traveling today and while my plane had wifi, I had the bracket set without rematches until all the craziness of today's games.

With the suspension of Brandon Davies, BYU is out as a number 1 seed and Notre Dame takes their place.

AUTO BIDS are in CAPS and at this point are either the conference tournament winner, #1 seed in the conference tournament or the highest RPI team remaining in the conference tournament.

Winner of the East Region plays the winner of the West Region; winner of the Southeast Region plays the winner of the Southwest Region.

Note: Vanderbilt and West Virginia were swapped seeds to fit the Principles and Procedures.

Newark (E)
Cleveland (Fr, Su)
1 OHIO STATE vs. 16 McNEESE STATE/BETHUNE-COOKMAN
8 Ucla vs. 9 George Mason

Tampa (Th, Sa)
5 St. John's vs. 12 HARVARD
4 Kentucky vs. 13 BELMONT

Tuscon (Th, Sa)
3 San Diego State vs. 14 WISCONSIN-MILWAUKEE
6 Cincinnati vs. 11 Michigan State

Tulsa (Fr, Su)
7 Villanova vs. 10 Richmond
2 Texas vs. 15 KENT STATE

Anaheim (W)
Chicago (Fr, Su)
1 Notre Dame vs. 16 NORTH TEXAS
8 Illinois vs. 9 Tennessee

Tuscon (Th, Sa)
5 Texas A&M vs. 12 ST. MARY'S
4 Louisville vs. 13 COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON

Charlotte (Fr, Su)
3 NORTH CAROLINA vs. 14 MOREHEAD ST.
6 XAVIER vs. 11 Marquette

Denver (Th, Sa)
7 Missouri vs. 10 Butler
2 BRIGHAM YOUNG vs. 15 LONG BEACH STATE

New Orleans (SE)
DC (Th, Sa)
1 PITTSBURGH vs. 16 NC-ASHEVILLE/TEXAS SOUTHERN
8 Temple vs. 9 UTAH STATE

Cleveland (Fr, Su)
5 Vanderbilt vs. 12 Clemson/Gonzaga
4 Georgetown vs. 13 OAKLAND

Denver (Th, Sa)
3 Wisconsin vs. 14 BUCKNELL
6 West Virginia vs. 11 UAB

Charlotte (Fr, Su)
7 ARIZONA vs. 10 Georgia
2 Duke vs. 15 LONG ISLAND

San Antonio (SW)
Tulsa (Fr, Su)
1 KANSAS vs. 16 BOSTON UNIVERSITY
8 OLD DOMINION vs. 9 Florida State

Tampa (Th, Sa)
5 Connecticut vs. 12 Memphis/Michigan
4 FLORIDA vs. 13 IONA

DC (Th, Sa)
3 Syracuse vs. 14 INDIANA STATE
6 Unlv vs. 11 Boston College

Chicago (Fr, Su)
7 Kansas State vs. 10 Washington
2 Purdue vs. 15 NORTHERN COLORADO

FIRST FOUR GAMES:
Tuesday
(16SE) NC-ASHEVILLE vs. TEXAS SOUTHERN
(12SW) Memphis vs. Michigan

Wednesday
(16E) McNEESE STATE vs. BETHUNE-COOKMAN
(12SE) Clemson vs. Gonzaga

Last Six Pack: Michigan State, Marquette, Clemson, Gonzaga, Michigan, Memphis

Last Four Out: Virginia Tech, VCU, Penn State, Missouri State
Next Four Out: Alabama, Colorado, Colorado State, New Mexico

Posted on: February 19, 2010 3:22 pm
 

Lobofan2003 Bracket 2/19/10

The latest edition of my bracket can be found here . Not a whole lot of changes, but Wisconsin and Gonzaga both fell a seed with their losses last night. Villanova is barely hanging on to a #1 seed over Purdue, but that can easily change over the next week.

#1 seeds: Kansas, Kentucky, Syracuse, Villanova
#2 seeds: Purdue, Duke, West Virginia, Kansas State
#3 seeds: Vanderbilt, New Mexico, Michigan State, Georgetown
#4 seeds: Wisconsin, Texas, Ohio State, Pittsburgh

Last Four In: Florida, St. Mary's, San Diego State, Marquette
Last Four Out: Mississippi, William & Mary, Seton Hall, South Florida
Next Four Out: Charlotte, Mississippi State, Cincinnati, Arizona State

Special shoutout to the Sun Belt conference who has 5 teams tied for the lead at 10-5 in conference. North Texas gets the auto bid due to having the best RPI of the bunch. That should be a fun conference tournament to watch.
Posted on: February 5, 2009 6:10 pm
Edited on: February 6, 2009 12:12 am
 

Bracketology 2/5/09

Here is my new bracketology for games through Wednesday night. Miami gets in after there blowout of Wake Forest and San Diego St. gets in as the new Mountain West leader. Kentucky and Baylor drop out of the bracket.

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

Midwest Region (Indianapolis)

Games played in Kansas City:

1 OKLAHOMA vs. 16 MOREHEAD ST.

8 Florida St. vs. 9 Southern Cal

Games played in Boise:

4 Syracuse vs. 13 Penn St.

5 GONZAGA vs. 12 SAN DIEGO ST.

Games played in Philadelphia:

3 Wake Forest vs. 14 NORTH DAKOTA ST.

6 Purdue vs. 11 Texas A&M

Games played in Minneapolis:

2 MARQUETTE vs. 15 TEXAS A&M-CC

7 Arizona St. vs. 10 LSU

South Region (Memphis)

Games played in Greensboro:

1 NORTH CAROLINA vs. 16 BOSTON U.

8 Florida vs. 9 Utah

Games played in Boise:

4 Washington vs. 13 W. KENTUCKY

5 Villanova vs. 12 NORTHEASTERN

Games played in Kansas City:

3 Kansas vs. 14 WEBER ST.

6 BUTLER vs. 11 Miami (FL)

Games played in Minneapolis:

2 MICH ST. vs. 15 ROBERT MORRIS

7 West Virginia vs. 10 Dayton

East Region (Boston)

Games played in Philadelphia:

1 Connecticut vs. 16 ALABAMA ST.

8 DAVIDSON vs. 9 Unlv

Games played in Portland:

4 UCLA vs. 13 NORTHERN IOWA

5 Minnesota vs. 12 Virginia Tech

Games played in Miami:

3 XAVIER vs. 14 CORNELL

6 Texas vs. 11 South Carolina

2 Clemson vs. 15 JACKSONVILLE

7 Ohio St. vs. 10 Georgetown

West Region (Glendale)

Games played in Dayton:

1 Pittsburgh vs. 16 Play-in winner (HOLY CROSS vs. MORGAN ST.)

8 California vs. 9 Boston College

Games played in Portland:

4 MEMPHIS vs. 13 BUFFALO

5 Illinois vs. 12 Brigham Young

Games played in Dayton:

3 Louisville vs. 14 VMI

6 Missouri vs. 11 SIENA

Games played in Greensboro:

2 Duke vs. 15 LONG BEACH ST.

7 Tennesse vs. 10 UTAH ST.

 

Last four in: Miami (FL), Virginia Tech, Brigham Young, Penn St.

Last four out: Cincinnati, Oklahoma St., Arizona, Kentucky

Bids by Conference:

ACC-8

Big East-8

Big 10- 6

Big 12- 5

Pac-10- 5

Mountain West- 4

SEC- 4

A-10- 2

 

 

 
 
 
 
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