Eric D’s Bracketology

Welcome to the first edition of Eric D’s Bracketology. This edition is for games through 1/30/12. Let us know your thoughts in the comment section.

East Regional(Boston, MA)                                        Midwest Regional(St. Louis, MO)
1. Syracuse(Big East)                                                  1. Kentucky(SEC)
16. MVSU(SWAC)/UT-Arlington(Southland)              16. Stony Brook(Am. East)
-Consol Energy Center(Pittsburgh, PA)                        -KFC Yum! Center(Louisville, KY)
8. Harvard(Ivy)                                                               8. Kansas State
9. Alabama                                                                       9. Wichita State

 5. Michigan                                                                      5. Florida State
12. Saint Louis                                                                 12. Long Beach St(Big West)
-Rose Garden(Portland, OR)                                          -Rose Garden(Portland, OR)
4. St. Mary’s(WCC)                                                         4. Vanderbilt
13. Massachusetts                                                         13. Davidson(So. Con)

3. Marquette                                                                      3. Mizzouri
14. Bucknell(Patriot)                                                      14. Nevada(WAC)
-Nationwide Arena(Columbus, OH)                                  -CenturyLink Center(Omaha, NE)-
6. San Diego State                                                            6. Mississippi State
11. Washington/Notre Dame                                            11. Iowa State

7. Temple                                                                            7. Connecticut
10. Minnesota                                                                     10. Illinois
-CenturyLink Center(Omaha, NE)                                      -Greensboro Coliseum(NC)
2. Kansas(Big 12)                                                              2. North Carolina
15. Loyola, MD(MAAC)                                                      15. Weber State(Big Sky

West Regional(Phoenix, AZ)                                             South Regional(Atlanta, GA)
1. Ohio State(B1G)                                                             1. Duke(ACC)
16. LIU-Brooklyn(NEC)/UNC-Asheville(Big South)        16. Norfolk State(MEAC)
-Consol Energy Center(Pittsburgh, PA)                                -Greensboro Coliseum(NC)
8. California(Pac 12)                                                            8. Louisville
9. Seton Hall                                                                           9. Purdue

5. Murray State(OVC)                                                           5. Indiana
12. Colorado State/BYU                                                         12. New Mexico
-KFC Yum! Center(Louisville, KY)                                         -Bridgestone Arena(TN)
4. Georgetown                                                                        4. Florida
13. Oral Roberts(Summit)                                                    13. MTSU(Sun Belt)

3. UNLV(Mtn. West)                                                               3. Creighton(MVC)
14. George Mason(CAA)                                                       14. Belmont(A-Sun)
-The Pit(Albuquerque, NM)                                                       -Bridgestone Arena(TN)
6. Gonzaga                                                                               6. West Virginia
11. Dayton                                                                                11. Xaiver

7. Wisconsin                                                                             7. Virginia
10. Memphis                                                                             10. Southern Miss(C-USA)
-The Pit(Albuquerque, NM)                                                        -Nationwide Arena(OH)
2. Baylor                                                                                     2. Michigan State
15. Cleveland State                                                                15. Akron(MAC)

First Four Out: Ole Miss, Iona, Cincinnati, Stanford

Bids by Conference:
(8) Big East, Big 10
(5) SEC, A10, Big 12
(4) ACC, Mtn. West
(3) WCC
(2) C-USA, Pac 12, MVC

Luke Warm Linkage

Somebody should definitely rape those Nazi’s, right?

McGee’s Bracket Musings After a Decent Night’s Sleep

Greetings, Basketball Lovers!

I wanted to step back from the situation before posting my thoughts on the seedings and pairings for the 2010 NCAA Tournament.  You see, I was simply incredulous (and at times demonstrably angry) while watching Greg Gumbel and Clark Kellogg unveil the brackets.  My reaction was not due to Clark Kellogg’s disturbing orange tint, but really, what’s that about?

Anyway, here are a few items that jumped out at me last night:

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Flowcharting the 2010 NCAA Tournament

Want to dominate your office pool but don’t know a thing about college basketball?

This would be a great time to create water-cooler talk with the boss, wouldn’t it?

Well here at EJSIC, we’re here to provide exactly what the people want: below, you’ll find the key to winning your office pool, with the EJSIC 2010 NCAA Tournament flowchart.

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2010 NCAA Tournament – Every At-Large Candidate’s Resume

I’ve compiled the resumes for every single team that can consider itself an at-large candidate. To date, 9 tickets to the dance have already been punched:

Atlantic Sun: East Tennessee State
Big South: Winthrop
Colonial: Old Dominion
Ivy: Cornell
MAAC: Siena
MVC: Northern Iowa
OVC: Murray State
Southern: Wofford
WCC: St. Mary’s

Bubble teams should be happy that Cornell, Old Dominion, Siena, Northern Iowa, Murray State, Wofford, and St. Mary’s all won their conference tournaments. Likely Old Dominion, Siena, and Northern Iowa would have made it in as an at-large had they lost, but the some of the others would have at least been in the conversation. St. Mary’s would’ve been an interesting debate, but as their coach Randy Bennett promised, they “removed all doubt”. Anyway, now that these teams are locked into the tournament, I needn’t post their resumes. In line with this post, I’ll compile a Bubble Watch and Bracketology as soon as I can, constantly updating it as Conference Tournament results from Championship are coming through. For this, I included any team that I thought would at least be in the conversation if they made it to the Tournament Final and lost (this explains the inclusion of UConn, Minnesota, Washington, etc.).

Without further ado, let’s get to the resumes…

Template

<Conference>

<Team>
Overall: a team’s overall record, with an asterisk if they have played one or more games against non-D1 opponents
Conference:
Out-of-Conference:
RPI: (used data from statsheet.com)
SOS: (used data from statsheet.com)
Notable Wins: my general guidance for this was any team that is definitely a lock or safely in as an at-large, or any team not one of the “last few in” beaten away from home (“vs.” means neutral site, “at” means road site, others are home games)
Key Losses (RPI 125+): I used 125 because that was an approximate value in which a loss to a team of RPI 125 or greater would be a real weighted factor in the committee discussion
vs. RPI Top 25:
vs. RPI 26-50:
vs. RPI 51-75:
vs. RPI 76-100:
vs. RPI 101-150:
vs. RPI 151-200:
vs. RPI 201+:
Road/Neutral: combination of a team’s record on the road and at neutral sites, regardless of “semi-home”/”semi-away”
Trending: on a stop light system (red/yellow/green), my assessment of how a team is trending. I know the committee doesn’t use the last 10/12 games as a valuing factor anyway, but this is my attempt to capture what I think is some subjective assessment of a team when a committee member will look at their schedule and see a lot of Ws or Ls recently
AP Poll: this is used in the committee room this year
Coaches Poll: this is used in the committee room this year
KenPom: this is used in the committee room this year, from Ken Pomeroy of Basketball Prospectus
Sagarin: this is used in the committee room this year from Jeff Sagarin of the USA Today

Here’s your bible for the next week when you want to make your case for a team to be seeded on a line or be in or out.

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