Thursday, March 12, 2009

Bracketism 208 (Cheat Sheet) - March 12, 2009

The Following Teams are Upper Seed Locks for the NCAA Tournament (teams are not listed in order of ranking):

ACC: Duke, Clemson, FSU, UNC, Wake, BC
A-10: Xavier, Dayton
Big East: Louisville, Pitt, UConn, Villanova, Marquette, Syracuse, WV
Big Ten: MSU, Illinois, Purdue, Ohio St.,
Big 12: Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Texas A&M, Texas
C-USA: Memphis
Horizon: Butler
Mountain West: Utah, BYU
Pac-10: Washington, UCLA, ASU, California
SEC: LSU, South Carolina, Tennessee
West Coast: Gonzaga

The Following Teams are Bubble Teams for the NCAA Tournament (teams are not listed in order of ranking):

ACC: Virginia Tech, Miami (FL), Maryland
A-10: Rhode Island, Temple
Big East: Providence, Cincinnati, Notre Dame, Georgetown
Big Ten: Penn St., Minnesota, Michigan
Big 12: Oklahoma St., Kansas St.

Missouri Valley: Creighton
Mountain West: New Mexico, San Diego St., UNLV
Pac-10: Arizona, USC, Washington St.
SEC: Auburn, Florida, Kentucky
Southern: Davidson
West Coast: St. Mary's

Side Notes
- It looks like the Big East will only receive seven bids this year. So much for the possibility of receiving more than at bids as prospected at the beginning of the year
- The RPI is a creditable tool, but one must judge RPI while simultaneously looking at a schedule of the team. This is especially true for the teams in the Mountain West who have incredible RPIs and SOSs because they played conference leaders of minor conferences (such as Utah St. and Weber St.) with impressive records but nearly the same talent as the teams with equivalent talents of those in major conference schools.
- Even though talent and previous performances in the NCAA tournament are not official factors, the selectionist are not pristine of this knowledge. The committee knows Davidson (has Stephen Curry ) and St. Mary's (has Patrick Mills who missed a fair portion of the season) have the ability
- Lastly, I'd like to congradulate all of the graduating seniors for putting in 4 hard years of work, practice, and play.

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