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2007 Sweet 16 Predictions – East and Midwest

EAST No. 1 North Carolina vs. No. 5 USC Of Note: Almost everyone figured Texas would cakewalk into this matchup with the Tar Heels (I wasn’t among them, having seen the Trojans on several occasions this year). But Tim Floyd’s crew crashed the party, thanks to a superb defensive effort against D.J. Augustin in a… more »

2007 Sweet 16 Predictions – South & West

SOUTH No. 1 Ohio State vs. No. 5 Tennessee Of Note: Casual fans probably won’t remember that Tennessee played Ohio State quite closely on January 13, losing 68-66 on (surprise, surprise) a Ron Lewis three-pointer at the end of regulation. That’s the same Buckeye who hit the game-tying three against Xavier over the weekend, for… more »

2007 NCAA Tournament – First Weekend Recap

Brackets Busted by…Favorites? I don’t know about you, but my 2007 NCAA bracket is just about busted. All four of my Final Four teams (Florida, UCLA, North Carolina, and Texas A&M) are still alive, but the one I thought was the safest pick (UCLA) actually looked the shakiest in the first two rounds. My sleeper… more »

Reactions to the 2007 NCAA Tournament Bracket

General Comments: Selection Committee Chair Gary Walters has repeated in numerous interviews that this was the hardest field to select and seed that he has encountered in his five years on the Selection Committee. I agree wholeheartedly. The number of teams in contention for the last couple of at-large slots was already massive before all… more »

NCAA Tournament Bubble Teams – 03/05/07

Here’s a rundown of every team on the bubble and what it needs to do to (virtually) guarantee an NCAA Tournament bid. Teams are listed in order of likelihood to receive an at-large. Those listed as “Win Tournament” still have a chance at receiving an at-large bid with a loss in the final, but it’s… more »

The Seven Most Important Things to Remember During Championship Week

ALL RPI DATA FROM KEN POMEROY (WWW.KENPOM.COM) 1) The RPI is not a script for selecting and seeding teams. It is merely a framework, from which there is often significant deviation. Remember the following when you hear coaches, fans, and members of the media complaining in advance about the Selection Committee’s over-reliance on RPI data:… more »

Arizona Wildcats

Team Personality: Unfulfilled, but unquestionable talent. It’s a bit of a paradox describing the Wildcats, but they’re simply one of the hardest teams in the country to figure out. There are likely four NBA draft picks in Arizona’s starting lineup (Mustafa Shakur, Marcus Williams, Ivan Radenovic, Chase Budinger), but they’ve only gelled together in selected… more »

2007 Maryland Terrapins

Team Personality: Sizzle. Everything about this team is red hot, from its uniforms, to its recent ACC record, to its shooting, to its up-tempo style of play, to its coach (literally—Gary Williams’ apparel is perpetually sweat-laden). Biggest Game: vs Duke, February 11. The Terps stood just 3-6 in ACC play, having suffered a devastating home… more »

Nevada Wolf Pack

Team Personality: Veteran balance. Everyone knows about Nick Fazekas, and rightfully so—credit to the national media for directing some attention to a mid-major program out west that is not named Gonzaga. But Nevada may have the best all-around backcourt west of the Rockies, and at the very least is in the discussion with UCLA. Ramon… more »

Are the Winthrop Eagles “This Year’s George Mason”?

Who’s the next George Mason?  The question has been buzzing around college basketball circles for the past month, and the real answer is that I’m not sure we’ll see one again anytime soon. But there certainly are a number of quality mid-majors this year, including from the Patriots’ own conference: the CAA.  Drexel has a… more »

NCAA Tournament Bubble Teams – 02/26/07

This edition, in honor of the regular season’s final week, looks at five teams in “must-win” situations heading into their final games: Syracuse At worst a split of Georgetown at home or Villanova on the road is essential if the Orange want to make the Tournament. The ‘Cuse picked up a nice win at Providence… more »

2007 Championship Week Preview

Championship Week can never come soon enough, at least for bracket junkies like myself.  But take heart, fellow hoops fans—the 2007 edition is rapidly approaching. In an ironic twist, Championship Week is a unique time in all of sports that sees even Goliaths (i.e. teams in BCS leagues) root for Davids Why?  Because the more… more »

NCAA Tournament Bubble Teams – 02/19/07

Providence The Friars missed one of their best chances to separate themselves from the bubble by losing late at Notre Dame on Thursday. PC may need to sweep their remaining regular-season games (home to West Virginia and Syracuse, at South Florida and St. John’s) to get serious consideration. Purdue It was an excellent week for… more »

BracketBuster’s NCAA Tournament Implications

We’re extending the mid-majors’ moment in the sun this week as we take a look at the five most important Tournament implications that have come about as a result of the annual BracketBuster event.  Next Monday, it’s back to the power conferences, as we look at what BCS teams are most desperate for W’s heading… more »

Team Profile: 2007 BracketBuster Recap: Appalachian State 60, Wichita State 58

Appalachian State is officially on the bubble. The Mountaineers recorded their fifth marquee win away from home on Saturday with a 60-58 win over a respectable Wichita State team. The WSU win comes after neutral-courters over Virginia and Vanderbilt and road wins at VCU and Davidson.Thompson hit a game-winning floater from the shoulder to propel… more »

NCAA Tournament Bubble Teams – 02/12/07

Missouri State The official BracketBuster event is this coming weekend, but we saw an unofficial elimination game in the Missouri Valley Conference on Saturday. The Bears of Missouri State went into Cedar Falls and knocked off Northern Iowa, taking the Panthers out of contention for an at-large bid, and virtually assuring themselves of their own… more »

Reports of These Teams’ Demises Greatly Exaggerated

We’re channeling Mark Twain this week here on Bracketography.  Upon learning that his obituary had been published in the U.S. while he was abroad in London, the humorist sent a cable back home in which he famously stated “Reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.” Well, a number of obituaries have mistakenly been written by… more »

Response to the 2007 USBWA Mock Bracket

The mock bracket process conducted by the NCAA and the US Basketball Writers Association has gotten a lot of positive press over the past week, and with good reason. The more the NCAA allows the process of selecting and seeding teams to be transparent, the better the sport is for it. The writers invited to… more »

Texas’ Big Game Troubles Continue

Texas blew another golden opportunity to pick up its first signature win of the season this evening. The Longhorns had the Aggies down with about 15 minutes left in the game, but disappeared down the stretch. Acie Law was terrific, but the interior defense for Rick Barnes’ team was atrocious, and when every possession runs… more »

NCAA Tournament Bubble Teams – 02/04/07

It’s the NCAA version of six degrees of separation this week…except there are only two degrees…can you spot the key link in the chain? Illinois The Fighting Illini held off Michigan State in Champaign on Tuesday, despite horrendous free-throw shooting down the stretch, and now have themselves in position to make a late-season run. Illinois’… more »

NCAA Bracket Begins to Sort Itself Out

Now that football is in the rear-view mirror and the NBA hits its mid-season lull, the nation’s attention shifts primarily to college hoops for the next two months.  We have only five weeks until Selection Sunday! The top of the bracket is beginning to sort itself out.  UCLA, Florida, and North Carolina (despite its loss… more »

Teams with Surprising RPI’s

It’s about this time every year that the RPI formula, and its impact on selecting and seeding teams for the NCAA Tournament, comes under heavy fire from media, fans, and even coaches.  On the media side this week, both Jay Bilas and Seth Davis voiced strong opinions about the RPI, with Bilas re-iterating his desire… more »

NCAA Tournament Bubble Teams – 01/29/07

This week, we’re going to focus on the Missouri Valley Conference, where things are heating up not only in the conference race, but in positioning for the NCAA Tournament. There is simply no way to predict which teams will hear their names called on Selection Sunday at this point. Southern Illinois has all but locked… more »

Bracket Buster matchups to be announced this evening

According to Joe Lunardi’s blog this morning: http://insider.espn.go.com/espn/blog/index?name=lunardi_joe#20070128 ESPNU, 6 pm ET

ESPN does a nice job with the BracketBuster Matchups

In case you haven’t seen them yet, the marquee matchups are as follows: Southern Illinois at Butler: The winner probably earns a protected #4 seed. Winthrop at Missouri State: A win by the Eagles puts them on the at-large bubble…a win for MoState gives them a little breathing room down the stretch in The Valley…. more »

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