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Thoughts on the 2008 NCAA Tournament Bracket

First off, let me say that Tom O’Connor’s Selection Committee did an absolutely fabulous job at both selecting and seeding the teams for the 2008 NCAA Tournament.  In my opinion, breaking down the Bubble has never been harder than it was this year, even before the SEC Tournament Tornado, and Georgia and Illinois’ terrific runs… more »

Key Thoughts Heading into Selection Sunday

1) UPDATE: I agree with Joe Lunardi, the Big XII champion will be a #1 seed in the Midwest.  The loser gets the #2 in the South. We saw last year that the Big XII Final has essentially no impact on the seeding of the final bracket, given that the game finished about 11 minutes… more »

The Official 2008 Tournament Bubble Breakdown

Here’s the article I’ll be updating throughout Championship Week to reflect the ever-changing landscape in BubbleLand. I would encourage BracketNation to post its thoughts on teams’ chances on making the NCAA Tournament, as well as seeding discussion, in the comments below. Updated Saturday March 15, 1:00 PT The biggest stories on The Bubble…where to begin?… more »

Bubble Watch: 2/26/08

First, the recap: Big Ten: Ohio State. The Big Ten’s weekly entrant in this column is one loss away from dropping out of the bracket. OSU is an abysmal 1-8 against the RPI Top 50. Fortunately, or unfortunately, for them they still have three opportunities to improve that record: @Indiana, H-Purdue, and H-Michigan State in… more »

Team Profile: 2008 BracketBuster Recap: Kent State 65, Saint Mary’s 57

The final contest of BracketBuster Saturday proved to be its most meaningful, as the Kent State Golden Flashes escaped St Marys’ McKeon Pavilion with a 65-57 win. The victory places Kent State squarely on the Bubble, and ensures that if the Golden Flashes are beaten in the Mid-American Conference Tournament, they’ll be one of the… more »

Team Profile: 2008 BracketBuster Preview: Kent State vs St Mary’s

Perhaps one of the most telling statements about how impressive the 2007-08 season has been for Saint Mary’s is that Saturday’s BracketBuster tilt with Kent State (9pm PT, ESPN2) is only the fourth-biggest game that tiny McKeon Pavilion has hosted this year. Randy Bennett’s team has knocked off Drake, Oregon, and Gonzaga in Moraga (along… more »

Bubble Watch 2/20/08

After a one-week hiatus, we’re back with the weekly Bubble Watch. A quick rundown of the teams featured last time around: Big 10: Indiana Hoosiers. IU is now officially a lock.  After two wins over Big Ten leaders Purdue and Michigan State, Indiana will be in the Tournament.  The bigger question is whether Kelvin Sampson… more »

Kentucky Creeps Into the Bracket Discussion

Heading into a big game against the Vanderbilt Commodores tonight, Billy Gillispie’s team may be one of the hottest in the country (non-Stanford, non-Drake category). Despite a non-conference RPI of 210, which many argued would be Kentucky’s R.I.P., history suggests the Wildcats would be looking awfully strong for an NCAA bid if they can beat… more »

NCAA Tournament Bubble Watch: 2/6/08

First, a review of last week’s Bubble teams: Big Ten – Ohio State Buckeyes. Ugh. Bucks had a chance to solidify their profile last week, but lost at a scrappy Iowa. We’re now starting the all-important “Last 10 games,” and as bad as the Big Ten is this year, Ohio State’s schedule is pretty rough…. more »

Highlights from an Evening with Eddie Sutton

I recently had the distinct honor of attending a get-together organized by a group of University of San Francisco alums in which the Dons’ interim coach, Eddie Sutton, gave a brief presentation and answered questions for a small group of former players, coaches, fans, and one analyst (me). Sutton, approaching his 72nd birthday, without a… more »

NCAA Tournament Bubble Watch: 1/29/08

First, an update on the teams featured in this space last week: Big Ten – Purdue Boilermakers. Perhaps no team answered the bell last week as well as the Boilers. Purdue is now 6-1 in the Big Ten and 3-2 against the RPI top 50 after defeating Penn State and Wisconsin.  Avoiding a trap game… more »

NCAA Tournament Bubble Watch: 1/22/08

In my opinion, it’s still WAY too early to be talking about locks and bubbles, but I know fans are always eager to talk about how the bracket is shaping up at this point in the season. With that in mind, here are a few synopses of what are looking like “controversial” teams on Selection… more »

Bracket Thoughts for the Week of January 13th

A few random musings as I was putting together the bracket this week before we begin our “Bubble Watch” next week in earnest: The four #1 seeds are pretty much set.  I don’t see these changing much in the next eight weeks.  Memphis and UCLA fans can book their tickets to Little Rock and Anaheim,… more »

RPI Stocking Stuffers for the Holidays

Well, we’re nearly at the season’s unofficial midpoint, New Year’s Day. Most teams will be winding down their non-conference schedules in the next 10 days, and BracketNation will have a reasonable idea of where teams positioned themselves with their pre-conference play. Here are a few RPI surprises for you to nibble on that I discovered… more »

Thoughts on the First 2007-2008 Projected Bracket

Well, the first projected bracket of the new season is up. Many of the preseason invitational tournaments are in the books, and teams are starting to build their “bodies of work” for the Selection Committee. It’s still AWFULLY early to start projecting NCAA Tournament teams; the RPI formula is completely unreliable with so few games… more »

Thank You to Our Readers!

Hey all, Just a quick note on this Eve of Turkey Day to say thank you to our loyal audience here at Bracketography.  The site has experienced phenomenal growth over the last three years in particular, and you’re all to thank for it.  I’m hoping that our more interactive comment system this year will encourage… more »

Is the Pac-10 REALLY the Nation’s Top Conference?

For those who might have gone to bed before checking the ESPN ticker last night, chalk another one up for the little guy. St. Mary’s College, the tiny liberal arts school nestled in equally tiny Moraga, California, put on quite a show against Pac-10 power Oregon this evening. McKeon Pavilion was absolutely jam-packed and thunderous… more »

2007 Coaches vs Cancer Tournament Preview

After one nationally-televised game, I’m not going to pretend to know the ins-and-outs of Coach Rick Scruggs’ offensive and defensive systems, but I can tell you that GW pressures the ball, gets out in transition, and attacks the basket very, very well. UConn’s A.J. Price and Jerome Dyson are going to have a lot to contend with in the backcourt.

Oklahoma should provide a nice test for the 3rd-ranked Tigers. Jeff Capel, now in his second year with the Sooners, has a talented freshman in Blake Griffin. The frontcourt matchup against the Tigers should be pretty even.

Big East Projections for 2007-2008

Scott over at the New Big East Basketball Blog recently announced the results of the composite poll of power bloggers, in which I participated. The full results of his poll are here. In the interests of full disclosure, I thought I’d publish my submissions. I’d love to hear the responses of BracketNation! Keep an eye… more »

2007 NCAA Championship Game Preview

Despite two relatively lackluster semifinal games, the battle for the 2007 NCAA Championship has the potential to be an epic. The experience-laden Gators look to claim their second straight national title against a young but explosive Buckeye squad. Semifinal Supremacy: Ohio State kept Georgetown out of synch in its offensive sets all night long, making… more »

2007 NCAA Final Four Preview: Florida Gators

Starting Five: G – Taurean Green (13.3 ppg, 3.6 apg) G – Lee Humphrey (10.1 ppg, 46% 3P%) F – Corey Brewer (13.1 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.9 spg) F/C – Al Horford (13.2 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 1.9 bpg) F/C – Joakim Noah (12.2 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 1.8 bpg) Key Bench Players: Chris Richard (5.9 ppg,… more »

2007 NCAA Final Four Preview: Georgetown Hoyas

Starting Five: G – Jonathan Wallace (11.2 ppg, 49% 3P%) G – Jessie Sapp (9.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 3.4 apg) F – DaJuan Summers (9.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg) F – Jeff Green (14.4 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 3.2 apg) C – Roy Hibbert (12.7 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 2.5 bpg) Key Bench Players: Patrick Ewing, Jr. (4.2… more »

2007 NCAA Final Four Preview: Ohio State Buckeyes

Starting Five: G – Mike Conley, Jr. (11.0 ppg, 6.1 apg, 2.2 spg) G – Ron Lewis (12.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg) G – Jamar Butler (8.6 ppg, 3.7 apg) F – Ivan Harris (7.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg) C – Greg Oden (15.4 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 3.3 bpg) Key Bench Players: Daequan Cook (10.2 ppg, 4.5… more »

2007 NCAA Final Four Preview: UCLA Bruins

Starting Five: G – Darren Collison (12.8 ppg, 5.7 apg, 2.3 spg) G – Arron Afflalo (16.9 ppg, 2.0 apg) G/F – Josh Shipp (13.1 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.6 apg) F – Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (8.3 ppg, 7.5 rpg) C – Lorenzo Mata (6.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg) Key Bench Players: Alfred Aboya (4.2… more »

2007 NCAA Tournament: Second Weekend Recap

The 2007 Final Four is set. Florida, UCLA, Georgetown, and Ohio State combine for the lowest cumulative seed count (6) since 1993, when three #1’s and a #2 made it to the third weekend. It’s a fitting cap for a Tournament in which so many outcomes went to the favorites. If this year’s opening round… more »

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