Tuesday, January 11, 2011

B101's Questions For The Compeititon

Questions For The Competition is a weekly column that addresses our issues with the brackets of other bracketology "experts." Today's questions are reserved for ESPN's Joe Lunardi and SI.com's Andy Glockner. Keep in mind that these questions are about each expert's most recent brackets, which were released before Monday's games.

Joe Lunardi (ESPN) - Jan. 10 Bracket
How would Wichita State get an at-large if the season ended today? Because of their one Top 100 RPI win? How did the Shockers go from a 12 seed in your last bracket to an 11 seed this week after losing at home to Missouri State. We're confused.

If the season ended today, the committee would give three bids to C-USA? They'd give two to the WAC? Utah State, and their one Top 100 win, would be at-large worthy?

How are Maryland and Florida State ranked ahead of Georgia? Because of all their marquee wins?

A six-loss USC team (with four questionable losses) would get in if the season ended today?

Andy Glockner (Sports Illustrated) - Jan. 10 Bracket
Michigan State's been a big disappointment, but do they really deserve to be a 9/10 seed? Arizona has a better resume than the Spartans do?

What does BC have to do to fall further than the 6 line? Lose to Dartmouth and Columbia too?

Based on the season ending today, how is Maryland's resume better than Miami's? Or Florida State's for that matter?

How is Georgetown still a 3 seed? How does Tennessee still deserve an 8?


Anonymous said...

Great questions for the professional Bracketologists. The problem I have isn't that the logic of Lunardi and Glockner's brackets are flawed (even though they are), it's that these guys are usually so close to correct.

A question I have for them is this: All of you seem to agree that Penn State is solidly on the wrong side of the bubble. Why would you believe that USC, Utah State, or Wichita State has a better resume than Penn State?

Bracketology 101 said...

Not as correct as we are...

With their win over Illinois, Penn State has a better at-large resume than Wichita State. They also have a better at-large resume that Utah State, who is in as the automatic bid from the WAC.

The Nittany Lions are very close, resume-wise, with USC. Both have six losses (including a few questionable ones), and both have two quality wins and RPIs in the 50s. The biggest variable going forward for both teams is the conference each plays in. Penn State will have a ton of chances to pick up quality wins in the loaded Big Ten, but they could also rack up a ton of losses. The Pac-10 is nowhere near as treacherous, which could leave USC with a much nicer looking (but less impressive overall) conference record down the road.

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