Here are our final numbers for this year's bracket:
Teams correct: 63/65
Exact Seeds: 27/65
Seeds Within One Of Seed Line: 52/65
For a complete breakdown of how every bracketologist did in predicting the field, click here:
Looking around a little bit, we did very well compared to most (especially Lunardi - he cheated, still did terrible, and then lied about it on TV, saying he got 55 of 65 teams within a seed line when in reality he got 48 of 65). Congrats to Bracket Project for being the only bracket to got 64 out of 65 and for having the most exact seeds with 34. CBS Sportsline also had a strong showing in all three stat categories.
Overall we are a little disappointed and kicking ourselves for leaving Illinois out for Drexel. We thought it might be difficult for the committee to leave a 29 RPI out from a major conference and I guess it was. We went with Drexel because we thought the committee would give a little more love to the small conferences and in the back of their minds would be George Mason's run from last year out of the CAA. We also should have just copied Lunardi's Arkansas last minute inclusion (just like last year with George Mason). It really wouldn't have made a difference though because we wouldn't have taken Syracuse out to include them anyways.
There are a few seedings we are kicking ourselves about. We had Duke the top 8 and they ended up getting a 6. We should have put them a 7 so we'd only be one spot off. Also we seriously considered Eastern Kentucky being a 16 (our last 15) and North Texas a 15 (our first 16).
As for the committee some of their seeds we think are way off (Butler, UNLV, Indiana, Purdue) but there is always going to be some teams. The committee really seemed to use the Conference RPI in their decision making. For example, the SEC got 5 bids because they are the 2nd rated conference, while the Big East only got 6 out of 16 because they are the 5th rated conference. There are also some examples in the seedings of where a conference RPI is the only thing that justifies a seed.