Questions For The Competition is a weekly column that addresses our issues with the brackets of other bracketology "experts." This week's questions are reserved for ESPN's Joe Lunardi, SI.com's Andy Glockner, and CBSSports.com and CollegeRPI.com's Jerry Palm. Keep in mind that these questions are about each expert's most recent bracket, all of which were released before Monday's games.
Joe Lunardi (ESPN) - Jan. 18 Bracket
We think we finally figured out how you seed UConn. It's like the ESPN/USA Today poll - every Huskies loss equals a one seed line drop. (Get excited UConn fans - you still have six more losses before you're on the bubble!) How in the world would they be a 6 seed if the season ended today?
We are extremely puzzled with your placement of Louisville. You had them in last week as a 10 seed (even though they had no wins over at-large worthy teams) and we gave you a pass because they were 3-0 in conference. Then they went out and lost two games and you not only left them in, but you moved them to a 9 seed this week? How is that possible?
Can you tell us how Cal is in as an at-large over Washington? The Bears have absolutely no quality wins and just lost to the Huskies by double digits. We know that Washington hasn't done anything too impressive, but at least they have a win over a tourney team (Texas A&M).
Richmond has more top 50 wins than Xavier, URI, and Dayton, yet they are behind all three in the bracket?
How is BYU a 4 and New Mexico a 10? They're really six seed lines better?
We can understand putting St. Mary's in (kind of), but isn't giving them a 9 seed a bit much?
Andy Glockner (SI.com) - Jan. 18 Bracket
If the season ended ended today, under what criteria would UConn be a 7 seed? How could the selection committee possibly defend that?
What has St. Mary's done to deserve an at-large if the season ended today? Beaten San Diego State and Oregon? That's all they need to get a bid?
How, if the season ended today, is Cal at-large worthy?
How is Georgetown a 2 seed over Pittsburgh?
How is BYU seeded five lines ahead of New Mexico? Don't the Lobos have a significantly better OOC resume?
Jerry Palm (CBS, CollegeRPI.com) - Jan. 18 Bracket
Wow...where do we start? The Big East deserves 9 bids? If the season ended today, St. John's would be an 8 seed? Rhode Isl...
Actually, on second thought, why don't we just do this? We'll save our keyboard the abuse, and we'll start asking you questions again when you stop using a hat and 70 tiny pieces of paper to pick your teams and seeds. What happened to your bracket knowledge, Jerry? What happened?