Sunday, March 13, 2011

Bracketology 101's Final Field of 68

Here is Bracketology 101's Final Field of 68 (5:22 p.m. ET):

Bracket Breakdown
Last Four In
Virginia Tech, Georgia, St. Mary's, Alabama

First Four Out
Clemson, USC, UAB, Harvard

Next Three Out
Boston College, VCU, Missouri State

The Seeds
The 1s

Ohio State, Kansas, Pittsburgh, Duke

The 2s
Notre Dame, San Diego State, North Carolina, Connecticut

The 3s
Louisville, Florida, Kentucky, Texas

The 4s
Syracuse, BYU, Purdue, Wisconsin

The 5s
St. John's, West Virginia, Arizona, Texas A&M

The 6s
Cincinnati, Georgetown, Vanderbilt, Kansas State

The 7s
Old Dominion, UNLV, Xavier, Temple

The 8s
Washington, Utah State, George Mason, UCLA

The 9s
Tennessee, Richmond, Missouri, Villanova

The 10s
Marquette, Gonzaga, Illinois, Florida State

The 11s
Butler, Michigan State, Michigan, Colorado

The 12s
Memphis, Penn State, Virginia Tech vs. Georgia (FF), St. Mary's vs. Alabama (FF)

The 13s
Belmont, Princeton, Oakland, Indiana State

The 14s
Bucknell, Morehead State, Wofford, Long Island

The 15s
Akron, St. Peter's, Northern Colorado, Boston University

The 16s
Hampton, UC-Santa Barbara, UNC-Asheville vs. Texas-San Antonio (FF), Arkansas-Little Rock vs. Alabama State (FF)

The Bracket
(Bracket courtesy Matt Reeves)
















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196 comments:

Gator said...

Woohooo for the SEC! Bama and Georgia in! I think UGA definitely is. Bama might need to be more scared.

Anonymous said...

YEA GAELS!

Tim said...

Harvard should get in, SEC Weak (I mean West) Alabama should be out, Harvard c'mon give it to the little guy!

Collin said...

Glad Virginia Tech is in according to you guys but hopefully they can avoid a first game!!!

Joe said...

Both Gary Parrish and Jerry Palm have the exact same 68 teams in. Wouldn't be surprised if CBS leaked the bracket to both of them.

http://www.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/view/6271764

http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/bracketology

Derek said...

Yes! I hope your right B101... Georgia vs. St. Mary's eh? Love it!

Justin said...

Would maybe bump down Colorado or Penn St to the first four game, and switch Bama with any one of the first four out, but looks good beyond that.

Anonymous said...

Why on earth does anyone imagine that Michigan State has a better resume than Penn State? I'm not saying the committee won't do it, but it's just not true.

Derek said...

Palm and Parrish have Georgia avoiding the play-in game while B101 has us in the play-in game. That is sweeeeeeet! I just want to be part of the 68 baby.

give me the brandy said...

I'm going with Clemson over UGA for the last 4 in. I don't think UGA and Bama both make it.

Brad said...

Hmm... I have Clemson and Alabama swapped, although can't say I'm surprised given your comments about Clemson lately. Also I still don't understand UConn being a 2 with Syracuse a 4.

I'm sure you guys will be proven right though. 30 more minutes till we know for sure!

Bracketology 101 said...

The inclusion of VCU by some is interesting....

Dan said...

OUCH! Tough times for Conference USA, no teams in the top 11 seeds.

Chase said...

The 1's - Ohio State*, Kansas*, Pitt, Duke*
The 2's - Notre Dame, San Diego State*, UConn*, North Carolina
The 3's - Texas, Florida, Syracuse, Kentucky
The 4's - Louisville, BYU, Purdue, Wisconsin
The 5's - WVU, Vanderbilt, St Johns, Georgetown
The 6's - Arizona, Xavier, Cincinnati, Texas A&M
The 7's - Kansas State, Temple, UNLV, Old Dominion*
The 8's - George Mason, Washington*, Utah State*, Tennessee
The 9's - Villanova, Richmond*, Missouri, UCLA
The 10's - Marquette, Florida State, Michigan, Butler*
The 11's - Michigan State, Gonzaga*, Memphis*, Penn State
The 12's - Illinois, Virginia Tech, Colorado, Georgia, Saint Mary's, Clemson
The 13's - Belmont*, Oakland*, Wofford*, Princeton*
The 14's - Bucknell*, Indiana State*, Saint Peters*, Morehead State*
The 15's - Akron*, Long Island*, Northern Colorado*, Boston U*
The 16's - UNC-Asheville*, UC Santa Barbara*, UTSA*, Arkansas Little Rock*, Hampton*, Alabama State*

Last 4 in: Georgia, Colorado, Saint Mary's, Clemson
Last 6 out: Alabama, VCU, USC, Boston College, Missouri State, UAB

Gophs888 said...

Not a bracketology expert by any means, but wanted to just post what I thought so ya here goes my attempt. Hope nobody minds me posting here.
1: Ohio State, Kansas, Notre Dame, Duke
2: Pittsburg, North Carolina, San Diego St., Texas
3: Florida, Conneticutt, Purdue, BYU
4: Louisville, Kentucky, Syracuse, Wisconson
5: Arizona, St.Johns, Vanderbilt, Georgetown
6:West Virginia, Xavier, Kansas State, Texas A&M
7: Missouri, Old Dominion, UNLV, George Mason
8: Utah State, Cincinnati, Temple, Washington
9: UCLA, Villanova, Tennessee, Marquette
10: Michigan,Butler, Michigan St., Richmond
11: Gonzaga, Illinois, Colorado, Penn St.
12: Clemson, St.Marys vs Florida St., Georgia vs UAB, Memphis
13: Belmont, Princeton, Oakland,Bucknell
14: Indiana St., St.Peters, Akron, Morehead State
15:Wofford, Long Island, Northern Colorado, Boston U
16:UCSB, N.C. Ashville, Hampton vs Tex San Antonio, Arkansas-Little Rock vs Alabama St.

Anonymous said...

Is Penn state being a 12 seed counting that they lost to Ohio state?

Gophs888 said...

For me its no Va Tech, Alabama, VCU, Boston Colelge or USC

AG said...

Switch Bama for Clemson and I'd say its a fair bracket.

MichigIN said...

I will jump for joy if Harvard gets an at-large. I am really hoping for some big surprises.

Derek said...

@Gophs88
Georgia beat UAB already this year. No way they play each other in a play-in game.

Anonymous said...

Confused how Lunardi has ODU as a 9 seed (won the CAA tourney), yet has Mason as an 8 seed (lost in the semis of the CAA tourney). Do not really understand his logic on that one??

Anonymous said...

B101, why does colorado get in so easily with a 11-13 record vs the top 200 and i repeat 200 rpi? I know they beat kstate 3 times texas and mizzou but still a losing record against the top 200 shouldnt cut it. Bama should definitely be in with 13 wins in the SEC (inluding the tournament win). 4 of those coming against the east teams. So what im asking is what is the percent that bama get in?

AG said...

Also, I worry B101 that your bracket makes *too much* sense. I just can't bring myself to believe the committee didn't include VCU, Missouri State, or a 2nd Conference USA team.

I think Penn State, Alabama, Virginia Tech, and Clemson fans are the most nervous right now. I'd say USC fans too except they don't have any real fans, lol!

Derek said...

I wholeheartedly agree on no Clemson and no USC. That's the way it should be.

Anonymous said...

clemson shouldnt get in over bama.... They have 0 top 50 wins..

Gophs888 said...

I think Clemson has a better resume then both Florida St and Va Tech but just dont have a top 50 win but many wins from 51-70.

Anonymous said...

How does Lunardi still have both Georgia and Alabama still out... You know the selection committee will take one of those teams (and I think only 1 of those teams gets in)

Bracketology 101 said...

We have to admit we went combo head and heart with this bracket.

Derek said...

@B101

Was the Georgia selection with your head or your heart?

Bracketology 101 said...

Head. We like Georgia.

Bracketology 101 said...

'Bama and St. Mary's were heart.

MichigIN said...

Agree with AG - this never goes exactly as projected regardless of logic; the committee always throws a "WTF?" wrench in there. Less than 20 minutes!

Christopher Denault said...

Instead of Virginia Tech and Alabama , I've got Clemson and UAB in the field.

I usually get burned by putting in a deserving non-BCS team over a mediocre one, and I'm sure I'll see it again if UAB misses out.

If you end up being correct, it'll be a shame to see the regular season champ of the #8 conference in the nation get shelved in favor of a team with an #80 RPI... ugh.

Collin said...

15 minutes AHHHHHH!!!!!!! I literally am freaking out!!!!11

Anonymous said...

You have to switch Clemson for St. Mary's...if the Gaels make it over Clemson and USC in my opinion then that's a disgrace

Collin said...

T-minus TEN minutes

Anonymous said...

B101,

I love you man but Clemson will be in it, whether or not they deserve to be. Georgia or Alabama will be out. THeres a difference between predicting what you think will happen and what you think SHOULD happen.

Anonymous said...

B101, you gonna get your bracket up before the announcement?

Collin said...

I love CHarles Barkley talking out of his ass.

MichigIN said...

Saint Mary's getting in - ugh!

ClubMedLar said...

Agreed with Anon @4:52. Hard to see both SEC teams making it and the ACC only getting 4 in.

Anonymous said...

Can somebody post the brackets after they announce them I'm on my phone

Justin said...

Bama a heart pick? I thought the consensus was that they were undeserving but would get in with their SEC record alone.

I could see Bama as a head pick based on lots of power conference wins, but absolutely no sympathy for them if they're out. They both had a miserable OOC SOS AND did badly against it. Between that and their conference they played 11 teams below 200.

MichigIN said...

They have new music!

:-O

Anonymous said...

Hey guys check out my bracket and let me know what you think. http://averageatbest.wordpress.com/2011/03/13/final-2011-bracket-projection/

volzzilla said...

here's my bracket. i made it on a spreadsheet, so make sure you take into account the "s curve" thing.

1- Ohio St. Kansas ND Duke
2- UConn SDSU UNC Pitt
3- Texas Kentucky Florida Louisville
4- BYU Syracuse Purdue Arizona
5- Xavier Wisc GTown Utah St.
6- St. John's WVU Temple K.State
7- Cincy Wash UNLV Vandy
8- Mizzou ODU A&M UCLA
9- Tenn Marquette G.Mason Nova
10- Richmond Gonzaga Penn St. Fla St.
11- Memphis Mich St. Butler Mich
12- USC/St.Mary's VT/Colo Clemson Illinois
13- Princeton Ind. St. Oakland Belmont
14- Akron Morehead St. Bucknell LIU
15- St. Peter's N.Colo Wofford Hampton
16- BU NC Ashville UALR/CSB Ala.St/UTSA

i also tried to spread out the acc, big12, big10, and big east as best as possible. i'd be all good with alabama or uga getting in over usc or clemson too.

Bracketology 101 said...

Got the ones!

ivarngizteb said...

St. Mary's is in. They have a camera in their room. Just a guess though.

ivarngizteb said...

Also, is Pitt SE or SW

mag900 said...

"Got the ones!"

unlike joey brackets!

Justin said...

Cameras at Clemson and St. Marys. Not sure if that means anything or not.

volzzilla said...

with my bracket, look at 1st mentioned in each seed as a region, 2nd mention a diff region and so on. and i "s'curved" the whole thing. also a partial attempt at putting in pods geographically, easily noted in the kansas bracket, and az at 4 and utah st at 5 seeds in the duke west bracket.

Anonymous said...

Pretty funny watching CBS talking about the 1's. They also mentioned ND, UNC, and San Diego St as possibilities. Showed UNC with their 2-5 record vs top 50. Yep, definitely in the 1 conversation. LOL.

Anonymous said...

Nova in as a 9. Some people had questions on that.

Anonymous said...

UAB!!!

Anonymous said...

UAB!!!! And Clemson!

LOL.

Anonymous said...

Either Georgia or Bama can say bye bye

Tom said...

Wow, UAB and Clemson in the 12 play-in.

Anonymous said...

clemson and uab in!

Tom said...

And Georgia a 10!

Anonymous said...

georgia in!

Dustin said...

Marquette an 11? Thats bad for Illinois.

Tom said...

Haha, and everyone can pen in an 11 seed upset when Marquette beats Xavier by double digits.

Anonymous said...

East is stacked.

Anonymous said...

As a Cuse fan, hate having Marquette and Cuse meet in 2nd round.

Tom said...

Seth Davis disagrees, and predicts a Syracuse-Xavier game, with Xavier winning.

mag900 said...

kenny smith should not be doing the selection show. what bracket doesn't have a lot of different styles?

ivarngizteb said...

UAB? Who's out then? Can't be the Nitanny Lions. I'm sweating if I'm SMC right now, or Va Tech. And things just got tenser in Boulder.

Anonymous said...

I think with UAB getting in, St. Mary's just heard their bubble burst

AG said...

What did I tell you!?!? Georgia not just in, but safely in!

I also called the committee going with a mid-major nobody saw coming.

Bracketology 101 said...

seeds looked good for us, but not uab and clemson

ivarngizteb said...

And also... Syracuse in Cleveland? So's OSU, so where's Pitt?

matt r said...

I hope Pittsburgh fans didn't buy their first weekend tickets in Cleveland yet.

Bracketology 101 said...

georgia a 10 has to bode well for alabama, could va tech or penn state get left out?? or colorado??

Dustin said...

Penn State, Illinois, Michigan, or Michigan State is going to miss out. That 11 seed for Marquette convinced me.

AG said...

Between Cuse, UNC, and Xavier, that bracket looks custom-build to take down Ohio State.

Anonymous said...

im so nervous as a psu fan... i remember 2009 very well...

mag900 said...

"Between Cuse, UNC, and Xavier, that bracket looks custom-build to take down Ohio State."

why? ohio only will have to play one of them in the regional finals (if one of those 3 even gets there).

Justin said...

UAB/Clemson just shocking to me. VT could be in big trouble. If VT is left out for the fourth straight year in a row (after pretty much everyone picking them as in) I think there might be a killing spree in Blacksburg tonight.

Anonymous said...

Michigan an 8????????????

ivarngizteb said...

Will just exploded.

Dustin said...

Will just had a coronary

Anonymous said...

Did the selection committee accidentally allow 75 teams into the tourney?

Anonymous said...

Apparently SD st. got the top 2 seed. Bodes well for Duke

Tom said...

There we go, PSU a 10. MSU? Might be left out.

Anonymous said...

I am starting to worry about Florida State....

Mark said...

looks like Illinois is out!

Dustin said...

Missouri an 11? Colorado is done.

Anonymous said...

wow mizzu as an 11?!

Anonymous said...

looks like Illinois is out!

ivarngizteb said...

Did Missouri just get an 11? AN ELEVEN? Possible Big East matchup in round 2 (or 3)

Tom said...

Damn, a strong 11 seed in Mizzou. Fairly low seed for a team with some legit wins and no bad losses.

Ross said...

As a Kentucky fan, I am furious about our draw. Were we really the last 4 seed?

AG said...

Georgia and Penn State as 10s bodes ill for Bama and MSU.

West region has Duke/UConn written all over it.

Michigan as an 8 is ridiculous, how the hell are they going to guard Scotty Hopson and Elias Harris!?

Anonymous said...

so colorado is out..thats messed up

Dustin said...

Are they purposefully stacking the 11 seeds so it looks like there are more upsets? I think both 11 seeds will be favored in their games so far.

Tom said...

Yeah, the Kentucky four seed is odd. I mean they just smoked Florida and have a better overall profile than Florida, who seems destined for a 3 seed.

Bracketology 101 said...

looks like bama and st marys are out to us

Anonymous said...

Can't see MSU getting left out. The Washington win looks better now and with MSU and 8 seed, MSU loses to them look better. Guessing St.Marys and VT get left out. Maybe Col.

matt r said...

Ross, not necessarily. They don't follow the S-curve as closely as many people think, especially the way they have to spread out the top 16 teams that are in the same conference. It is just as likely they were one of the top 4-seeds and sent to Newark as a reward.

Anonymous said...

Does it seem like they went out of their way not to spread out the big east teams?

Anonymous said...

illinois a 9... God I would love to play them

Tom said...

Illinois grab a 9 seed. Nice.

Anonymous said...

Richmond a 12??? After winning the A-10???

Dustin said...

Holy poop

Anonymous said...

USC and VCU! bye bye cu, alabama and vt!!!

Anonymous said...

Wow, I can't believe VCU just got an at-large!!!!

Anonymous said...

USC and VCU???

Tom said...

Ouch USC AND VCU? VT, SMU and Bama are toast.

Bracketology 101 said...

omg

AG said...

Wow, I saw this coming, and I'm STILL shocked VCU and USC got in!

Its looking really, really bleak for Bama, VT, and MSU now.

Derek said...

Go Georgia!!! 10 seed baby in the toughest bracket.... lol. Who cares! We're in and can handle Washington and maybe upset overseeded UNC??? Haha... Go Dawgs!!

Anonymous said...

Only 1 of MSU,Col, VT, Bama will get in.

Anonymous said...

Only 1 of MSU,Col, VT, Bama will get in.

mag900 said...

is florida the last 2 seed? where will byu be?

Anonymous said...

make that 2 of those and Saint Marys.

Anonymous said...

florida st not getting in???

matt r said...

So obviously a rumor we had heard could be true... that the committee would put the 16-seed play-ins on different nights so that they could put an at-large play-in on each night for TV ratings. Because of this they have put Pittsburgh in DC and not in Cleveland.

zlionsfan said...

Michigan State is in; everyone else (aside from OSU) from the Big Ten has been seeded higher than expected, so I'd guess they will be too.

matt r said...

In other words, expect them to screw around with 1-seed pod sites from this year going forward, despite what is most advantageous to the 1-seed and stripping them of what they have earned.

Anonymous said...

Ouch Utah St. getting a 12 seed

Anonymous said...

wow wisc gets belmont, thats a toughhhhhh draw!

Anonymous said...

wow wisc gets belmont, thats a toughhhhhh draw!

Anonymous said...

Question:

How much did the Big 10 pay the selection committee to get all of their teams in?

zlionsfan said...

There you go, Big Ten Kool-Aid for the committee. Let the conspiracy theories begin.

Steve said...

Knew Purdue was a #3 when I saw Michigan and Illinois getting high seeds. Big Ten has a good rep in the committee's eyes.

Let's just tip them up and see who wins!

Tom said...

VCU has 3 wins over tournament teams and losses to USF, JMU, Georgia State, and Northeastern. Colorado has fewer bad losses and beat the same 5 seed THREE times.

Anonymous said...

HAHAHA

Yes, no Va Tech. Love it

mag900 said...

no va tech, alabama or colorado.

Michael said...

NO VT!!!!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

mag900 said...

it looks like seth greenberg popped the champagne a little early.

Blind Resume said...

I TOLD YOU PEOPLE!

I TOLD YOU THAT COLORADO'S RESUME WAS CRAP!!!1!

Anonymous said...

Phwew!, Michigan Sate made it, even though i figured it, wow, i breathed a sigh of relief when they called MSU's name

Collin said...

I don't know how you are happy that the VT Senior did not get their chance.

MichigIN said...

I called UAB.

But WOW, holy shiiiiit! Tons of shockers!

wileydan said...

Wow did the Big 10 get way too high of seeds. Ohio St. will be the only one who makes the sweet 16. VCU AND USC? What the crap!?

Tom said...

Colorado had a crap resume?

21 wins. 13 losses.

Tourney-bound wins: (5): Mizzou, KSU (3x), Texas

Bad losses: (2): at SanFran, at Oklahoma

VCU:

23 wins. 11 losses.

Tourney-bound wins: (3): UCLA, ODU, GMU

Bad losses: (3): at USF, at Northeastern, JMU

Reality is that the committee relies very heavily on RPI.

Anonymous said...

guys on espn are soooo pissed hahahahahaha

Ross said...

Okay, Florida gets a 2 and Kentucky is a 4 with OSU? Sorry but UK got a miserable draw given their resume.

wileydan said...

Oh and Gene Smith, the NCAA Chair, is from Ohio St. That explains how Michigan got an 8!

Anonymous said...

colorado also lost to iowa st. but they should of been in instead of vcu. other then that not a bad bracket. balanced regions too

Tom said...

Gene Smith is pretty much resisting the urge to say "we just look at what the websites say and then pull names out of a hat for the bubble teams."

No real info being given. Haha.

mag900 said...

"colorado also lost to iowa st. but they should of been in instead of vcu. other then that not a bad bracket. balanced regions too"

the SE region is by far the worst -- florida shouldn't be a 2, byu with no davies is a weak 3 and st john's without its best big guy is a weak 6.

Andrew EC said...

Beyond all the obvious shockers, I'm stunned that Richmond is a 12 seed.

Also: I *did* warn you that putting Alabama in the bracket was going to bite you in the end... .:)

Anonymous said...

How did Michigan get an 8-seed!? Haters are gonna hate even harder now!

wileydan said...

If the tourney relies on RPI, why the heck is USC in?

Blind Resume said...

I am shocked - shocked! - that Dick Vitale is upset that Virginia Tech didn't get in.

Anonymous said...

I feel like the last four teams in, should be the first four teams out

Last Four In: Clemson, UAB, VCU, USC

First Four Out (probably): Virginia Tech, Colorado, Saint Mary's, Alabama

give me the brandy said...

The real shockers to me are USC and VCU. I can't see how either is ahead of Colorado or Va Tech. I guess bad losses don't matter or Va Tech would have been in over both. Is there any reasonable case for VCU over Va Tech?

Tom said...

Re: USC.

Bad RPI but tons of top wins and probably gave them leeway for not having Fontan on the team for some of those bad losses.

AG said...

People, if you looked at the Bracket and saw Texas as a 4 seed, you'd realize just how little weight people were giving a win over Texas. Plus there were those two close losses to Iowa State, the god-awful nonconf schedule they STILL couldn't win, and the ridiculously low RPI.

In hindsight, its really a no-brainer.

ClubMedLar said...

VT, to me, is the biggest snub. They should have been in over a couple of teams.

Anonymous said...

Somebody needs to check up on B101 and make sure they're still alive

Blind Resume said...

Great point by Dakich: if you take out all of Colorado's wins over teams ranked 200 or worse, their record is 11-13. Their entire resume depended on how good you think Kansas State is (plus their win over Texas during UT's two-week stretch where they lost to every B12 bubble team).

That being said, I am very, very surprised VCU and UAB both got in. Was Colorado the team that got left out because of that? No idea...

Anonymous said...

BLAST FROM THE PAST:

Will said...

Can we all agree that the chance of Michigan beating state and then Illinois is practically nil? All michigan has to do is play better for the next two games than they've played all year. I give them a 6% chance of winning the next two games. If they do, they're on the bubble.

1:09 AM, March 4th

Tom said...

Still, a win over a 4 seed, 3 over a 5 seed, and 1 over an 11 isn't better than win over a 7, 8, and 9 seed?

TheAnswer1313 said...

How many did Lunardi get?

Bracketology 101 said...

Well, that was fun.

Wow.

gophers888 said...

I'll take a 66 for myself having
UAB and Clemson in, but man how did USC and VCU get in....

DCDuck said...

Hey B101, I just wanted to say "I told you so" about VCU. Just so you know, you don't forget DCDuck told you to put VCU in and you didn't listen to him.

GO RAMS GO!

Tom said...

I guess if you take away VCU's 200+ RPI wins, they are 12-11.

UAB's they are 14-8. None of these teams played a very strong schedule. That's why I figured wins against strong teams and bad losses would come into play. Guess not.

Anonymous said...

he missed 3 i believe.

Anonymous said...

he didnt have vcu, uab and georgia

JGibson said...

UAB - regular season champion of a top 10 RPI conference. In again! Keep watching for that.

mag900 said...

joey brackets missed 3 and got 8 of the top 16 seeded wrong. at least we know he didn't get tipped off this year...

give me the brandy said...

By the way, VT vs VCU:

VT (21-11, 9-7): RPI 61, Sagarin-ELO 44, KenPom 30

Best wins: Duke, FSU(2), PSU
Bad losses: GTech, UVA(2)

VCU (23-11, 12-6): RPI 50, Sagarin-ELO 61, KenPom 84

Best wins: UCLA, GMU, ODU, Wichita St
Bad losses: USF, Georgia St, Northeastern, James Madison

Too much reliance on the RPI, a terrible rating system.

volzzilla said...

while i had fun making my own bracket, i feel i worked harder putting it together than the committee. and i think people that put websites like this one together can make the same argument.

not only due the snubs of VT and colo shock me, but some of those seeds are crazy. uga a 10, but no bama? florida at 2 when they lost their tourney? utah st a 12? all the lower big10 teams seeded higher than you'd think (most notably mich at 8...though i agree with penn st at 10) and i can go on an on.

and you can't even pick a pattern. you'd think rpi heavy, but then why no harvard? and why utah st. so low? and the reverse of that, putting in usc over some of the other teams.

i just cant get a rhyme or reason for how they did what they did other than use of a dart board and someone in indianapolis spiking the drinks of the committee that caused them to give way too high seeds to mich, mich st, and illinois.

Anonymous said...

wow. 4 wrong. back to the drawing board.

AG said...

Utah State and Richmond's 12s mean they probably wouldn't have made it without the automatic bid.

The only in/out issue I have with the field is they probably could have taken VT instead of UAB. I mean you'd at least think they had to beat ECU in the quarters to feel safe, especially since they never beat Memphis.

As for seeding...Florida a 2!? Izzo is not going to be intimidated by facing Billy Donovan at all.

Anonymous said...

Billy Donovan does have more national championships.

Gator said...

Izzo lost to Florida last year so he should be scared!

Mason said...

Is this the worst selection committee you've ever seen?

Collin said...

HELL YES, as a Tech fan I think it is an injustice to the Virginia Tech Seniors

Anonymous said...

Can we get B101's thoughts on this crazy night called selection sunday. I have never seen a committee this bad.

Steve said...

Just watched ESPN bitch for a half hour about 2-3 teams that do not have a prayer of winning the National Championship. 5-10 minutes maximum and stick it at the end of the show. Give us your "expert" insight as to the strengths and weaknesses of each team.

BTW, if I have 2 brackets to fill out, one of them is strictly the seeds straight up. I have won 3 times and 2nd several other times doing it that way.

Apissedant said...

Yeah, weird results. I'm a Big 10 fan and I think the Big 10 just got a huge undeserved gift.

And as previously mentioned, it can't just be RPI because Harvard's 35 should have put them in long before Clemson's 56.

It appears to me to be a combined RPI/big conference bias, though that doesn't fully explain Virginia Commonwealth (49).

mattlion said...

Colorado ends up being the shocker, but they did the same thing to them as the committee did to Penn State in 2009. If you play a non-conference SOS in the 300s, you better dominate your conference.

Anonymous said...

Does Brack101 post their picks before the tournament starts or how do you get their picks?

mattlion said...

And in terms of the Big Ten, that was a bit odd. I was certain there would be a Big Ten sighting in the first 4. If you believe the seeds as "pure" (which I don't, I think they took some liberties for matchups and travel) that implies the Big Ten teams were all quite comfortable and all would've been in even in a 64 team field.

As a PSU fan, when I saw Michigan as an 8, I laughed and knew we (PSU) were in, no problem.

Blind Resume said...

Hmm, I wonder whether or not Apissedant hates the Big Ten...

Anonymous said...

they had to slot teams up or down 1 line cuz of the big east teams and i think thats what happened with mich and kstate.

Anonymous said...

This is not meant as criticism of the "bracketologists," because they give us great diversions during the first two weeks of March and they generally have better reasoning than the selection committee. But is it almost time for America's bracketologists to discover new vocations if their object is to predict what the selection committee will do in terms of seeding and placement of teams, and not just predicting who will be in the field of 68?

The committee's bracket bears almost no resemblance to what the leading bracketologists predicted.

Because ESPN's Joe Lunardi gets most of the publicity, despite being ranked 23rd in the last rankings of bracketologists, consider his final bracket today. If I'm not mistaken, he correctly picked a grand total of three first-round games. He had Ohio State playing a 16 from one of the play-in games in the East (but missed on his choice of both 16 play-in teams), San Diego State and Northern Colorado meeting in the 2-15 game in the West and BYU playing Wofford in the 3-14 game in the Southeast. And he's the guy that we're supposed to follow when he predicts who's in the field and where everyone else is going?

Anonymous said...

UAB VCU USC should have been out. Colorado Virginia Tech St. Mary's Alabama were all more qualified than those three squads. I am stunned.

Anonymous said...

does colorado get left out of the nit? selection show is in an hour hahaha.

zlionsfan said...

and even picking Ohio State to face a play-in winner is hardly a guess: OSU was the consensus #1 overall seed anyway, so of course they'd draw that game.

Apissedant said...

Yup, I hate the Big 10, how did you guess? That's why I've been arguing that they should get 7 bids and that Michigan is safe for the past several days. Makes total sense.

Blind Resume said...

See? I knew it.

Dustin said...

Joe Lunardi outperformed B101 this year....hinged on the USC selection.

B101 got 64 of 68 teams, 49 exact or within 1 seed, and 299 Bracket Project Score

Lunardi got 65 of 68 teams, 51 exact or within 1 seed, and 302 Bracket Project Score

I got 64 of 68 teams, 50 exact or within 1 seed, and 286 Bracket Project Score

And yes mag, I know you dont care.

Raymond said...

I don't get why Florida gets so much flak for their 2 seed, when to me their resume is basically identical to North Carolina's: 26-6, won an OK conference, lost in the conference finals to a good team. Yes, Florida has 2 more bad losses, but they have a slightly higher RPI and SOS, and (more importantly) more top-notch wins... they can counter a win over Duke with 3 over Vandy, 3 over Tennessee, K-St., @Xavier, and a sweep over Georgia. If UNC deserves a 2, so does Florida.

MichigIN said...

Lol @ Saint Mary's being more qualified. Their body of work is a joke. That is the one thing the committee got right.

Apissedant said...

Dustin,

If it makes you feel any better, he doesn't care with improper English.

volzzilla said...

how do you determine a bracket project score?

ivarngizteb said...

I got a Paymon Score of 323 if I did my math right. I'm Ivar in the Matrix.
1 Ohio State Kansas Pittsburgh Duke
2 Notre Dame San Diego State Syracuse North Carolina
3 Connecticut Purdue Florida Louisville
4 Kentucky Texas BYU Wisconsin
5 Vanderbilt Saint John’s West Virginia Arizona
6 Cincinnati Georgetown Texas A&M Kansas State
7 Missouri Old Dominion Temple Washington
8 UNLV George Mason Xavier Utah State
9 UCLA Illinois Villanova Marquette
10 Florida State Tennessee Richmond Gonzaga
11 Michigan State Butler Michigan Colorado
12 Clemson Virginia Tech vs. Saint Mary’s Penn State vs. Georgia Memphis
13 Belmont Princeton Oakland Bucknell
14 Indiana State Morehead State Wofford LIU-Brooklyn
15 Saint Peter’s Akron Boston U UCSB
16 Northern Colorado Hampton Arkansas Little-Rock vs. Alabama State Texas San Antonio vs. UNC-Asheville

Apissedant said...

There are 12 teams in the NIT with 10 losses or less.

Who was it again that said there's no way the committee would bypass a team with a good record for a team with 13 losses?

They were apparently off by a bit.

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