Tuesday, January 26, 2010

B101's Questions For The Competition

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.

Overall, we don't have a whole lot of questions this week. There are about 10-12 bubble teams that most experts were picking from this week, and a decent case can be made for all of them. Our three most debatable inclusions were Wichita State, William & Mary, and Charlotte. Some bracketologists agreed with us, while other opted for the likes of Maryland, Richmond, St. Mary's, or Rhode Island. We don't necessarily agree with those picks, but they aren't crazy by any stretch. Our biggest issue this week was with the seeds that some teams received and, in some cases, the inclusion of teams that were barely bubble-worthy.

Joe Lunardi (ESPN) - Jan. 25 Bracket
Who has BYU beaten to warrant a 3 seed if the season ended today?

How is West Virginia a 2 seed over Georgetown?

Florida (which has wins over Michigan State and Florida State) isn't worthy of an at-large, but Arizona State (who got pounded at home against Arizona on Saturday and whose best win is SDSU) is? Um...how?

Isn't Baylor a few lines too high at a 5? Isn't Ohio State a little low at a 7?

One good win (OK, one really good win) and UConn's already back up to a 5?

Andy Glockner (SI.com) - Jan. 25 Bracket
We know the bubble is weak, but how is Texas Tech in if the season ended today? The Red Raiders have no wins over tournament teams and their best win RPI-wise came against Washington. Home wins over Iowa State and Oklahoma are impressive enough to get them in this week?

Isn't Florida a little low at an 11 (or a 12 if you count where you had them before you moved them for numbers purposes?)

Our brackets, especially seed-wise, are pretty similar this week. Is it a case of great minds thinking alike, or do we need to submit your picks to turnitin.com?

Jerry Palm (CBS, CollegeRPI.com) - Jan. 25 Bracket
How would the Big East possibly get nine bids if the season ended today? St. John's and Seton Hall are worthy at-larges? How exactly?

Where's Mississippi State?

We like ODU as much as anyone, but do they really deserve a 7 seed?

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