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Don’t give up on Arizona

The Wildcats, despite dropping four of five and sitting at .500 in Pac-10 play, could still wind up with a #1 seed. Their non-conference schedule was the strongest in the country, and they still have a big-time battle with UNC coming up this weekend. The ‘Cats match up well with North Carolina–few players can find… more »

2006 Non-Conference Question Marks

Most conferences are well underway with their regular-season schedules; some, like the Pac-10, are one-third complete already. (Can that be right? Football season just finished last week!) But a team’s in-conference record is only part of the equation on Selection Sunday, albeit an important one. What a team does against non-conference opponents, and to some… more »

Doherty Rapidly Elevating SMU from Obscurity

RPI junkies have seen some unfamiliar names to start the 2006-2007 season. Drexel, after beating Villanova, Syracuse, Temple, and George Mason is a striking name at #7. Appalachian State, fresh off wins over Virginia and Vanderbilt at the San Juan Shootout, hovers at #10.Earlier in December, an equally surprising name cracked the top ten: Southern… more »

Bracketography Kicks off 2007

Selection Sunday is just nine weeks away (March 11), but it’s not too early to start analyzing teams as they jockey for positioning on the S-Curve of the Men’s Division I Basketball Committee. So let’s get started! Save for a few juicy marquee matchups remaining (including Tennessee at Ohio State on Saturday), the non-conference season… more »

Pac-10 Dominance (!)

The Pac-10 is the best conference in the nation this year. I don’t need to wait for ESPN’s InsideRPI to tell me this next week. Their arguments have some merit, but I get tired of hearing analysts cite the ACC or SEC. Just because the ACC and SEC play on ESPN while the Pac-10 is… more »

More Victims for the Valley

Don’t be surprised if the Missouri Valley Conference finishes the season ranked as high as #4 in the RPI. With Big Ten, Big East, and Big XII schools all losing games to lesser-conference foes, there is plenty of room at the top for the Valley, particularly given how well its teams are playing. MVC teams… more »

CBE Game Reviews

Senior writer Andy Force reports on all four games from the College Basketball Experience Classic live from Kansas City, Missouri. Click here for the scoop on Marquette’s impressive romp through the field.

CvC Tournament Recap, CBE Preview

The Coaches Vs. Cancer Tournament is in the books, with Maryland emerging as the champion. The Terps now have the non-conference resume, thanks to their early win against Vermont and gritty effort against St. John’s and Michigan State, to make the NCAA Tournament with a 9-7 ACC Record. It wouldn’t hurt for Gary Williams’ team… more »

Teams to Keep an Eye On

Well, the Turkey is out of the way (unless some of you are still consuming leftovers), and the Feast that is the ACC-Big Ten Challenge is upon us. But let’s take a quick look back at teams that impressed over the Thanksgiving Holiday: 1) Butler. A top-half seed is not out of the question for… more »

Two-Fer Tuesday

I’ve just posted two previews under our “Feature Articles” section: A great in-depth look at all 10 Missouri Valley Conference teams by Andy Force and a 2K Sports Coaches Vs Cancer Tournament Preview written by yours truly. Vermont vs. New Orleans tonight at 6:30 ET on ESPNU & Maryland vs. Hampton at 8:30. Here we… more »

2006 2K Sports Coaches Vs. Cancer Tournament

GAME SUMMARIESTexas 77, St. John’s 76 Maryland’s D.J. Strawberry was clearly the star of what started out as a terrific game, fizzled in the middle, and remained close late. A controversial call may have changed the outcome of this game, as Maryland should have been charged with a shot clock violation with four seconds left…. more »

2006-2007 Season Preview Unveiled

A full 100 teams are profiled in the 2006-2007 season preview, including all teams in the “BCS” conferences and Iso-Majors with a strong chance at an at-large bid. Schedule strength, conference finish, returning players, expectations, and intangibles are all considered. Click here for the full preview.

Scheduling 101: How to Use Your Schedule to Your Advantage on Selection Sunday

“RPI.” “SOS.” “Quality wins.” “Bad losses.” “Conference.” “Non-Conference.” “Road/Neutral.” “Last 10.” It’s too early this season to have heard these terms mentioned much yet. But come March, they’ll be bandied about on ESPN, CBS, and Fox almost as often as we hear “Weapons of Mass Destruction” or “Avian Flu” on CNN. And it’s with good… more »

2006-2007 College Basketball Season Preview

2006-2007 Pac-10 Basketball Season Preview UCLA Yes, the Bruins lost Jordan Farmar and Ryan Hollins from a year ago, but with the exception of Florida, nearly every other team lost at least one critical component of its 2005-2006 team. Back are Arron Afflalo, everyone’s favorite Cameroonian Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Lorenzo Mata, Alfred Aboya,… more »

T-Minus Seven Days…

Well, here we are, just one short week away from the tip-off of the 2006-2007 College Hoops Season. From what I can gather, Vermont vs. New Orleans in the Maryland “pod” of the Coaches Vs. Cancer Tournament leads the way, but I trust all of you out there will let me know if there is… more »

What Does Jackson’s Dismissal Mean for Red Raiders?

Jarrius Jackson, Texas Tech’s leading scorer, was dismissed today from the team for academic reasons: CNNSI has the story here. To say the dismissal dampens the Red Raiders’ NCAA chances is an understatement. You can say what you want about the man, but Bobby Knight has always taken academics seriously, and credit him for sticking… more »

New Term for 2007: ISO-MAJORS

Avid readers know that I’ve long been a proponent of giving so-called “Mid-Majors” their due (i.e. a fair shake at a bid to the NCAA’s). To its credit, the NCAA made a well-publicized change to the RPI two years ago, giving more credit to teams who go on the road, which in essence boosted the… more »

Bracketography is NOT selling out…

…but after the phenomenal exposure brought by last year’s Selection Sunday media blitz (New York Times feature article, appearance on Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith, several large-market radio interviews), I’ve decided that the time is right to start monetizing the site a little bit. Starting with the text ads at the bottom and right-hand… more »

Responses to The Strangest Bracket Ever

Editor’s Note: I received a number of well-reasoned and passionate responses to this year’s controversial bracket. Below are some of the best: I understand that this is a difficult task and it is very easy for all of us to sit on the outside and object. But, I also believe there is reason to object… more »

Strangest Bracket Ever?

I’ll admit that I have a vested interest in seeing the Committee’s seeds and selections match my own. But in past years, even when I’ve missed on teams, I’ve understood the logic used by the Committee in doing what they did.A number of inconsistencies stand out about this year’s bracket: 1) Air Force. The Falcons… more »

Who Let the Mid-Majors in the At-Large Pool?

Much has been made in the national media of the Missouri Valley Conference’s surge to the top of the RPI heap this year. The Valley has fluctuated between four and six in these rankings, at the expense of BCS members Big XII, SEC, and Pac-10.The SEC has shown itself to be underrated in the non-conference… more »

Thoughts on the NCAA Mascot and Nickname Decision

By placing what essentially amounted to a blanket ban on Native American mascots and nicknames (at least for schools who want the same chance at winning National Championships as their peers), the NCAA overstepped its bounds as the governing body for college sports. The National Collegiate Athletic Association blatantly took a position that had nothing… more »

Coach K Does It Again

I’m not typically one to praise Duke basketball (Dick Vitale does enough of that for every analyst in America), but after watching the Blue Devils play a near-flawless second half against Illinois on Friday night, you have to wonder, how does they do it? After a somewhat sloppy first half by both teams, a half… more »

2004 Sweet 16 Matchup Analysis

Maybe we all should have braced ourselves for an exceptionally turbulent ride the moment we saw 12th-seeded Manhattan knock off fifth-seeded Florida in the first game on Thursday. Or maybe even four days earlier, when a deranged Billy Packer went off on a tirade against the awarding of a No. 1 seed to St. Joe’s… more »

BCS By Committee

First off, I have no rooting interest in any of the three teams involved in this year’s controversy. And let me say that everyone associated with USC football has plenty to gripe about. The “#1″ team in America, voted by the coaches AND the writers, will not be playing in the official national championship game…. more »

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