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“Sweet 16” Tips for Picking a Winning NCAA Bracket

My Full 2010 NCAA Tournament Predictions: MIDWEST REGION EAST REGION WEST REGION SOUTH REGION 1) The team with the most individual talent does not always win the national championship. In fact, in recent Tournament history, it only seems to happen about half the time. North Carolina won in ’05 with Sean May, Ray Felton, and… more »

Team Profile: 2008 ACC-Big 10 Challenge Preview

Is 10 the lucky number for the Big 10? The tenth annual ACC-Big 10 Challenge tips off on Monday and the score is ACC 9, Big Ten 0. That’s right; the Big 10 has never won, and it has only been remotely competitive once since 2003 (losing 6-5 in 2005). Overall, the ACC is 56-30… 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Wrapping a Turbulent Week in College Hoops

Well, bracket fans, we’re only one week away from the point at which teams start to build their “Last 10 Games” criterion for the Selection Committee.  Some schools are starting to separate themselves from the pack (Marquette, Washington State).  Others looking for security at the start of the week instead find themselves sliding closer to… 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 »

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 »

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